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Data Governance and Policy in Africa

Palgrave Macmillan
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  • Examines data governance and its implications for policy-making in Africa

  • Brings together economists, lawyers, statisticians and technology experts

  • Considers what we have learned from around the world on data governance

Part of the book series: Information Technology and Global Governance (ITGG)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    • Bitange Ndemo, Njuguna Ndung’u, Scholastica Odhiambo, Abebe Shimeles
    Pages 1-8Open Access
  3. A Prototype Data Governance Framework for Africa

    • Bitange Ndemo, Aaron Thegeya
    Pages 9-29Open Access
  4. A Value Chain Approach to Data Production, Use, and Governance for Sound Policymaking in Africa

    • Zachary Mwangi Chege, Peter Maina Wanjohi
    Pages 31-70Open Access
  5. Data Regulation in Africa: Free Flow of Data, Open Data Regimes and Cybersecurity

    • Hanani Hlomani, Caroline B. Ncube
    Pages 97-130Open Access
  6. The Economics of Blockchain Within Africa

    • Aaron Thegeya
    Pages 179-202Open Access
  7. Conclusion

    • Bitange Ndemo, Njuguna Ndung’u, Scholastica Odhiambo, Miriam Omolo, Abebe Shimeles
    Pages 203-208Open Access
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 209-214

About this book

This open access book examines data governance and its implications for policymaking in Africa. Bringing together economists, lawyers, statisticians, and technology experts, it assesses gaps in both the availability and use of existing data across the continent, and argues that data creation, management and governance need to improve if private and public sectors are to reap the benefits of big data and digital technologies. It also considers lessons from across the globe to assess principles, norms and practices that can guide the development of data governance in Africa. The book will appeal to scholars and students of data governance, technology and public policy, as well as practitioners and policy makers. 

Editors and Affiliations

  • Kenya’s Ambassador, Belgium and the EU Mission, Brussels, Belgium

    Bitange Ndemo

  • African Economic Research Consortium, Nairobi, Kenya

    Njuguna Ndung’u, Scholastica Odhiambo, Abebe Shimeles

About the editors

Bitange Ndemo is the Kenyan Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union Mission.  He was previously Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. His research focuses on the  link between ICT and small and medium enterprises, and how ICTs influence African economic development. He also served in President Kibaki’s administration as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication. 

Njuguna Ndung’u is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Nairobi. He is the Cabinet Secretary of the National Treasury of Kenya, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya, and Executive Director at the African Economic Research Consortium. 

Scholastica Odhiambo is Manager of Research at the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). She previously worked as a Senior Lecturer of Economics at Maseno University, Kenya.  Her research interests include quantitative data analysis, health and development economics.   


Abebe Shimeles is Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He formerly served as Director of Research at the African Economic Research Consortium. 

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