Building empirical knowledge in ethnically diverse countries: persistent data challenges

Extracts from Canelas, C. & Gisselquist, R.M. (2018) Horizontal inequality and data challenges. WIDER Working Paper 2018/55. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER Stewart (2008: 3) defines horizontal inequalities as ‘inequalities in economic, social or political dimensions or cultural status between culturally defined groups’. Consistent with much of the literature, we treat ‘culturally defined groups’ here as generally equivalent to ‘ethnic’ groups, […]

Appreciating local variations in standardising health care data collection processes and tools: A case of health management information system in Tanzania

The need for integration of health information systems as realised in the 90s by the developing countries resulted into deliberate standardisation initiatives. Software systems, human resources, procedures, and data collection tools were all subjected to standardisation. This standardisation, however, has been so absolute that the local and permanent variations were not taken into consideration. This […]

East African Community Chief Justices call for far-reaching digital strategy

Chief Justices drawn from the East African Community (EAC) members States have challenged respective governments to increase resource allocation for respective Judiciaries in order to enhance delivery of justice. The top justices, who included Kenya’s David Maraga, Uganda’s Bart Katureebe, Tanzania’s Ibrahim Hamis Juma, and South Sudan’s Chan Reec Madut, noted that current allocations remained […]

Uganda: “Why do our national IDs expire?”

“Why did the Ugandan authorities find it necessary to put an expiry date on national ID for its citizenry yet citizenship once acquired and/or proved is a lifetime right that can only be taken away by the State on specified grounds? According to international best practice, national IDs are issued for life. They do not […]

Access to emergency hospital care provided by the public sector in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015: a geocoded inventory and spatial analysis

We assembled a geocoded inventory of public hospitals across 48 countries and islands of sub-Saharan Africa, including Zanzibar, using data from various sources. The full database that supports the findings of this study are available from the Kenya Medical Research Institute Wellcome Trust Research Programme’s Population Health page in the Harvard Dataverse, http://DOI:10.7910/DVN/JTL9VY We only included […]

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