Open Data Watch is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded by three development data specialists. It monitors progress and provides information and assistance to guide implementation of open data systems. The Open Data Watch team has unparalleled experience in development data management and statistical capacity building in developing countries and is committed to making open data a reality in all countries and development agencies.

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Census Data Drives Decision Making

Census data not only provide a count of people in a country, but also information on variables like gender, ethnicity, and income. To better understand the impact of census data on government revenue, political representation, and public programs such as response to the current pandemic, ODW has collected key articles and resources in this special edition.

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DATA in the time of COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic raises important questions about opening, sharing and using data. Learn about available datasets, dashboards, visualizations, and relevant articles on how to understand and use data to fight the spread of COVID-19 via this special edition of What’s Being Said. It is updated regularly as new items become available.

Bridging the Gap – Country Profiles

This set of 15 country profiles is a resource for addressing gender data gaps in Africa. Presenting findings in connection with the Bridging the Gap report, the profiles provide country-specific information and highlight opportunities in each country to strengthen the availability and quality of data for 104 gender-relevant indicators.

Gender and CRVS – Brief 2

The latest Knowledge Brief in this series looks at specific barriers, solutions and actions for strengthening civil registration and vital statistics. Published quarterly by The Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems in partnership with ODW, the series offers in-depth case studies and unpacks structural, political and social factors impacting gender data gaps, social protection, legal frameworks, and rights protections for women and girls.

Bridging the Gap

How to understand, identify, and respond to the challenge of producing policy-relevant data about the lives of women and girls? The data landscape has dramatically changed in the five years since the first Bridging the Gap report. To assess practical realities, this edition takes a deep dive into the details of data availability about women and girls in 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.