IOM’s Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS)

The International Organisation for Migration supports States and government agencies to shape proactive migration policies through improved migration data collection and management. Well-designed border management information systems can tremendously boost the ability of States to manage their borders and to develop evidence-based migration policies. IOM has developed its own Border Management Information System, called the […]

Malawi: connecting national ID to voter registration

Registration of voters will be easy and faster for those with national IDs as it will just involve establishing if the holder is the right owner of the card and then scanning the card on the registration machine to capture the details of the registrant. As explained before, the MEC will conduct voter registration despite the […]

The Sengerema Telecentre

Sengerema district is 1 of 7 districts in the Mwanza region with a population of 663 000. The main economic activities in the district are agriculture, livestock keeping, timber work, fishing, mining, business, and small-scale industry. The main cash crops are cotton, bananas, maize, rice, cassava, and paddy (Mbangala & Samzugi, 2014). The STC is […]

Kenya EMIS ‘moribund’

The recent National Steering Committee meeting made helpful and forward-looking resolutions. That was necessary to cushion the cabinet secretary, whom the public now perceive to be issuing edicts that are not grounded on research since the Education Management Information System (Emis) is moribund. Source: WESAYA: Education reforms ought to be done with all cards on […]

Ghana Government Launches Instant Electronic ID Issuance

In line with the directive from the Government of Ghana to roll out the National Identification System (NIS), the National Identification Authority (NIA) will be responsible for ID card registration and instant issuance across Ghana. The new “GhanaCard” meets all international requirements for identity documents, such as chip-embedded technology and biometric capabilities. This is the […]

The Impact of Connectivity in Africa: Grand Visions and the Mirage of Inclusive Digital Development

Our review of the evidence suggests that the Internet and other ICTs have not had any undisputed transformational impact on economic development. Instead, the evidence is inconclusive, and positive impacts appear to be idiosyncratic, contingent and variegated. The available evidence base is also inconclusive with regard to connectivity’s role for inequality, and there is even […]

Rwanda to adopt blockchain technology for its land registry

A Swiss cybersecurity company has announced a partnership with Microsoft to support the Rwandan Government in adopting blockchain technology. The deal is part of an ongoing collaboration to turn the East African country into a Blockchain and IoT center of excellence. The partnership was first proposed earlier this year as part of the country’s digital […]

Big Data – Its Relevance and Impact on Industrial Statistics (UNIDO Working Paper)

Several research projects have demonstrated the possibilities Big Data offer to official statistics (UNECE 2016). However, most of the research activities involve satellite images for geospatial use of statistics or mobile phone data to improve tourism and migration statistics. The use of Big Data in an economic sense has not yet been thoroughly investigated and is mostly represented by […]