Ghana: Data Strategy and Capacity Building
Awareness of the value of data in achieving important social and development goals has been increasing in Ghana in recent years. In 2011, Ghana signed the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a multilateral initiative with aims to secure commitments from governments to promote transparency, fight corruption and harness data and new technology to strengthen governance. The government also created the National Information and Technology Agency (NITA) in 2011 to develop and manage an open government data portal as part of a movement to make government data more available. Over the last few years, NITA has been working towards setting up repositories and portals of government data.
Because existing data initiatives are largely driven by the government, they usually do not take into account data from or about civil society actors. In particular, Ghana lacks a dedicated platform and framework for collecting, sharing, and analyzing data on philanthropy. With this in mind and to address this issue, Foundation Center, in collaboration with SDG Philanthropy Platform and African Philanthropy Network, co-convened a data scoping meeting on October 4, 2017 in Accra. The specific objectives of the data scoping meeting were to:
1. Understand the value and opportunities for advancing the philanthropy data agenda in Ghana.
2. Establish common principles for collaborative data and knowledge management.
3. Identify key data and knowledge challenges and needs.
4. Explore existing technologies for collecting and sharing data and knowledge.
5. Set local data and knowledge goals and priorities.
This report summarizes the outcomes of the data scoping meeting, including highlights from the discussions and key recommendations.