African Monitor (AM), together with Africa Working Group (AWG) and Action 4 Sustainable Development (A4SD) will present case studies of instances where civil society in Africa is promoting citizen agency and voice through citizen generated data in various African countries at a dialogue session to be hosted in Dakar, Senegal on Friday, 4 May 2018.
This will be a side event forming part of the annual conference, the African Region Forum on Sustainable Development, that started on Wednesday, 2 May and will end on Friday, 4 May 2018 in Dakar.
African Monitor (AM) believes that at the core of resilient societies is voice. Voice is the power that gives ordinary people the ability to engage social, political and economic powers in order to express aspirations and preferences, secure their rights, practice their responsibilities, and demand accountability from the state for better development outcomes.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promotes this core notion of voice, clearly stating that development is not possible without the empowerment and full engagement of citizens.
Citizen Generated Data (CGD) has proven to be a powerful tool to enable voice, participation and empowerment of citizens. Therefore, this dialogue, will present case studies on the promotion of citizen agency and voice by civil society through citizen generated data in various African countries.
Through the presentations, critical questions to be dealt with include:
- What are the practical examples of CGD programmes across Africa?
- In what ways are the programmes harnessing voice, resilience and accountability for SDG delivery?
- Are there ways to align CGD with official statistics?
- What lessons can be learned from Tanzania and Cameroon?
The dialogue session is scheduled to take place as follows:
Date: 4 May 2018
Venue: Press Room- King Fahd Palace Hotel, Dakar