A lot of work has gone into creating tools that make working with data much more accessible. Here are some to wet your feet with.
Factsheet: FACTSHEET: Freedom of information in Africa
The reality of accessing government information in Africa is often at odds with the legislative frameworks in place to ensure the “right to know”. This factsheet looks at the state of freedom of information on the continent, as well as developments that have changed the legislative landscape.
Blog post: The politics of crime statistics
Who owns crime statistics? “In South Africa, the crime statistics are seen as information that belongs to the police which they reluctantly share with the public and other government departments from time to time,” writes Gareth Newham, a senior analyst at the Institute for Security Studies.
How trustworthy are Africa’s gross domestic product figures? These all-important statistics have taken on a “dangerously misleading air of accuracy”, writes economic historian Morten Jerven in his book, Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do About It.