A Value Chain Approach to Data Production, Use and Governance for Sound Policy Making in Africa

Quality data is key to sound policy making that is necessary for accelerating development in Africa. The state of official statistics from most of the African countries are regarded with mistrust and occasionally judged as insufficient in informing development needs for the continent. In light of the necessity for accelerating development in Africa, there is need to strengthen the state of official statistics in the continent. The study focused on the need for African National Statistical Offices (NSOs) to encompass value chain approach to data production, increase the uptake of statistics for evidence-based decision making and better governance of statistical process to address data quality for sound policy making in Africa. The purpose of this research therefore, was to investigate the value chain approach to data production, use and governance in Africa and how it can be improved to enable sound policy making in the continent.