Meeting of Directors of NSOs on the data revolution in Africa
African Data Consensus and the implementation roadmap, role of NSOs
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 to Friday, January 22, 2016
United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 Final Meeting Report now ready


The call for a data revolution was first made by the Secretary General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons in 2013. Following the call, the pan-African organizations, led by ECA, organized an ad-hoc experts group meeting to brainstorm on what it means and how Africa should ensure that Africa leads its implementation in Africa. The EGM was organized in the sidelines of the seventh meeting of the Committee of Directors General of National Statistical Offices so that the discussions would be presented to the meeting of DGs to make them aware of the developments and inform their deliberations.

Following the report on statistical activities by the pan-African organizations to the Seventh Joint AU Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, held in Abuja, Nigeria, from 25 to 30 March 2014, the Joint Conference requested AUC, ECA, AfDB, UNDP and other partners to organize a high-level conference on Data Revolution in Africa. This request was reiterated by the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union, held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, from 20 to 27 June 2014. This high level conference was organized in March 2015 as a side event of the eighth AU-ECA Joint Conference of Ministers, with the organizational secretariat at ECA.

During the Ninth committee of Directors General of National Statistical Offices in Libreville, Gabon from 26-28 November 2015, a presentation of the report of the HLC was made. One of the recommendations was that the report should first be reviewed by the DGs before being submitted to the AU summit for endorsement.


This EGM is being organized to provide a forum for that review by the DGs. It will provide a focused discussion on the African Data Consensus and the implementation roadmap and ensure the role of NSOs in implementing the data revolution in Africa.

Date and Venue

It will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 20-22 January 2016.

Expected Outcomes

  • A common understanding (position) on the concept of data revolution and what it means for Africa.
  • An consensus on the role of NSOs in its implementation.
  • An action plan for implementing the Data Revolution in Africa based on the principles set in the African Data Consensus, SHaSA and the African Charter on Statistics
  • An opportunity to prepare for the United Nations Statistical Commission in March 2016

Target Audience

All DGs of Statistics in Africa will be invited and are highly encouraged to attend in person. Other resource persons will also be invited to contribute to the discussions.


1. Information for Participants

2. Table preparation 47th UNSC_Completed

3. Programme (draft)

4. Report to the Ninth Session of the Committee of Directors General of National Statistics Offices on the High-Level Conference on Data Revolution in Africa


Country Compacts for Data Revolution in Africa - Alex Ezeh, PhD

 Africa Data Consensus

          ADC-SHaSA v2

          Mapping SCS SHaSA and ADC

          Implementing the Africa Data Consensus: Plan of Action And Road Map

           Harmonising ADC into SHaSA

Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

WF Prez Meeting of Directors of National Statistics Offices on the Data Revolution in Africa

Impementing the African Data Revolution, e-discussion summary

African Conference on a Transformative Agenda for Official Statistics - Report of the conference

Harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development in the global statistical system

Building capacity for data revolution

Africa and the Data Revolution

Bank’s contribution to Data Revolution - Does Africa count?

Are Innovations in Statistical Operations Shortcuts to make Data Revolution Happen?

Slovene National statistical system

Perception de la Commission de l’Union africaine sur la Révolution des données

Role of Geography in the Data Revolution

Meeting Report


Previous meetings on Data revolution

Data revolution 2015