The Data Science Fellowship: Driving digital transformation across Africa

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Muthoni Mugo, Claire Pei Data dashboard with two African scientists looking to the future

The paradigm shift in the career path for statisticians across the national statistical office has also been experienced and welcomed in the execution of our mandate as Statistical Service in Ghana. The growing need for real or near-real time data among modern data users necessitates a relook at our traditional compilation procedures to include modern methods of data sourcing, processing and dissemination of statistical products.

David Bessah Data Scientist at Ghana Statistical Service

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The fellowship program provided a wealth of insights for the roles, challenges, and opportunities of data science for development across Africa, and beyond.

Alpha Soko, fellow at the Malawi Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Welfare
Reflections on the fellowship
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We wish to make a call for action for new partnerships to create a vibrant community of emerging African data scientists including professional public sector statisticians to address the growing capacity gaps in data science and other emerging technologies.

Dr. Charles Mberi Kimpolo Director of the AIMS Industry Initiative and Acting Director of Skills For Employability
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Through the fellowship, it is clear that there is both demand for and interest in targeted technical skills building in the public sector across the continent. Moving forward, strategic cross-sector partnerships are at the core of bridging the digital gap and mobilizing the data revolution in Africa. We’ll continue to work with our partners to make this a reality.

Davis Adieno Director of Programs, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

As the data revolution continues to grow, governments across the world must take advantage of the increasingly available (and necessary) digital tools and skills to harness unprecedented opportunities to transform society and protect the environment.

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Muthoni Mugo
Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Program Officer
Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
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Claire Pei
Communications Associate
Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data