A University of Dar es salaam data science curriculum Data Use Story, Supported by the Tanzania Data Lab
In rural Tanzania where data-informed decisions can transform the battle against HIV/AIDS, Kyela District Council is developing an action plan to amplify evidence-based planning for improved service delivery.
Data is intimidating. For most people, statistics lack relevance to their daily lives. Spreadsheets, numbers, and data in general are perceived to be the domain of “specialists.”
In Tanzania, local government authorities (LGAs) play a critical role in the country’s national development. The District Executive Director (DED) and their teams are tasked to coordinate many administrative activities, including the collection of data related to health, education, and economic growth indicators—both to help them make better investment decisions, as well as to report better quality data upstream.
The United Nations approved the Sustainable De-velopment Goals (SDGs) in 2015 to achieve broad development targets. Progress towards these 17 goals is measured through 231 indicators, identifi-cation and tracking of which have created signifi-cant demand for data in the developing world.