The Data Revolution in North Africa
The present report, “Data revolution in North Africa: putting data at the service of structural transformation”, reviews the current status of national statistical systems in the countries of North Africa. It then identifies the principal stakeholders in statistical systems, analyses the capacity of national statistical systems and identifies gaps and constraints faced by these countries in producing and using good quality data. In summary, the report presents not only a detailed analysis of legislative, institutional and technical constraints faced by the countries of North Africa, but also priority actions and practical solutions for policy-makers and stakeholders in regional and international cooperation, in order to put data at the service of development.
It also suggests the way forward for making the best use of the data revolution and bridging the data gap on sustainable development. In the countries of North Africa, national Governments should take the lead in identifying the needs of national statistical systems. In this context, cooperation, including regional cooperation, is an undeniable asset. To that end, an agreement on data should be adopted with the inclusion of all stakeholders: national authorities, development partners, private entities and civil society.