Knowledge for Development

The Political Economy of Official Statistics: Implications for the data revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Date: 07/03/2015

Introduction:

‘Big data’ has become a topical issue and the recent technological solutions offered by the ‘data revolution’ to improve the capacity of statistical organizations and systems should be stepped up. In this ECDPM policy paper, F. Krätke and B. Byiers note that the ‘data revolution’ rhetoric has so far largely ignored political economy factors, such as historical factors, formal and informal institutional setups and actor incentives. They argue that to make a difference, work towards a ‘data revolution’ must explicitly acknowledge the real political economy challenges on the ground and aim to work within these constraints to improving data, and/or aim to alter the current incentives for producing and using good official statistics.  

(ECDPM, 12/2014)  

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