Local Development Research Institute (LDRI) is an action-oriented think tank whose core objective is to support African Union member states in their efforts to end poverty, end hunger, and address inequality in all its forms.

We contribute to these efforts by providing immediately actionable insights to improve the access, use, and dissemination of data for decision making so everyone can get their job done.

Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

LDRI work is through two areas of work:

1. Our Data for Development Practice (DDP) convenes and/or supports multi-stakeholder communities to catalyze research, facilitate technical assistance, share knowledge and build the capacity of human resource within and outside government to ensure the data needed for decision making for development is available. Through DDP;

  • We are convening the Africa Open Data Network (part of the Open Data for Development Network), which is a community of Africans and friends of Africa who believe in the continent's development agenda and the potential for open data to help in achieving it.
  • We are co-convening the African node of the Big Data for Development Network, a new community of partners working towards greater availability, use, and human capital for big data for development in Africa.
  • We are setting up a long-term data observatory known as the Africa Data Observatory to study the state of data for the indicators used in Africa's sustainable development related programs.

2. Our Food & Nutrition Security Practice (FNSP) studies the extent to which policies designed to address food and nutrition security in Africa are achieving their objectives. FNSP looks at the extent to which a whole-of-government approach is taken in the design and implementation of the policies as well as interdisciplinary linkages to ensure sustainable results are achieved.


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More and Better Financing for Data

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This initiative will secure better cooperation and action on data financing by strengthening the evidence base on the value of investing in data, challenging donor behavior and prioritizing country-level needs, and advocating for more financing.

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Making the Case: More and Better Financing for Development Data

Meeting the data challenges of the SDGs will require increased investments in international and national data and statistical systems. This resource makes the case for investing in data, highlight the current state of financing for statistics, identify funding gaps, and make the case for not just more but better financing for data.
Research, Methods and Good Practices

What Do We Know About the Value of Data?

There is strong rhetorical consensus that better data are a prerequisite to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and leaving no one behind, but the demand for better data has not translated into corresponding growth in funding. To confront this challenge, this paper seeks to better understand what we know about the value of data. How have economists and other researchers attempted to measure the value of data and how well do they do at painting the picture of what data are really worth?

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