Nifty Infographic of the Day: #HDX generates a data heatmap for East Africa

Monday, July 27, 2015

I saw this post last week in HDX's RSS feed and thought it was pretty nifty:
The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) team established a Data Lab in Nairobi, Kenya in late 2014 to offer data services to partners and to connect data systems from across the region. One of our first projects was a data hunting exercise on behalf of the OCHA Regional Office for Eastern Africa.
The exercise showed the challenges contributing to the data-deficit in the developing world: data is either not being collected or when it is, it is not shared in accessible formats. These findings are in line with the data availability for indicators included in the Millennium Development Goals, as reported by the UN expert’s group in A World That Counts.

The lack of data has implications for gaining an accurate understanding of regional vulnerability. These caveats need to be made clear when the analysis is prepared so that decision makers don’t mistake an impression with reality. At the same time, new data sources, such as sensors and mobile phones, can be explored to fill some of these gaps. A recent article in The Economist on Africa’s ‘missing data’ explores these issues further.
The team used what they found (and didn't find) to generate a data heatmap for the each of the various indicators they focused on and that data available for them by country. It's fairly large, so I could not get a good screen capture, but you can follow the link to see it.

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