Advancing Gender Data and Statistics in Africa

Topic: Using Gender Data
Type: Report
Author: Jessica Espey (Consultant) Date: May 2022

A report for the Gender Data Network, commissioned by UNECA

This report provides an overview of the activities of the Gender Data Network (GDN) since its inception in 2019. It draws upon a range of evidentiary sources, including project documents, GDN and partner publications, key informant interviews with GDN members and operating partners, as well as the transcripts of discussions.

The report highlights a range of activities pursued by the GDN relating to data production and curation, as well as data communications and use. It finds that, for a network still in its comparative infancy, the GDN has had a sizeable impact in the field of gender data across Africa. Through collaboration and information-sharing, a range of innovative and experimental projects have been trialed and, where successful, replicated across countries. Furthermore, members of the GDN have gained access to a continental network of gender data practitioners, through which they have been able to develop their skills and self-confidence.

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