AFRICAN policy makers are increasingly called on to use evidence-based research to inform development decisions. But this requires the rigorous collection of data as well as a co-ordinated system to disseminate it. This is why the Kenya-based African Population Health Research Centre is advocating for national policies to enable strong data systems.READ THIS: Panama Papers expose Africa tax evasion Donatien Beguy explains Africa’s challenges and opportunities. What is data-driven decision-making in the world of policy making? Data, and especially data of good quality, are essential for national governments and institutions to accurately plan, fund and evaluate development activities. Basic development indicators are essential for an accurate picture of a country’s development status. This includes a country’s progress towards specific development goals and improving its citizens’ socio-economic conditions. In fact, solutions to social and economic problems are often inseparable from...

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