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Right Data, Right Policy? Innovations in Data Collection and Dissemination in Nigeria

21 July 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Yemi Kale, Statistician General, National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria

Chair: Chi Onwurah MP, Vice-Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria



The availability and accuracy of data is central to resolving multifaceted governance challenges in Africa and has a critical role to play in improving transparency and decision-making. The 2014 rebasing of Nigeria’s GDP saw Nigeria become the largest economy in Africa and also shone a light on the potential extent of gaps in data and understanding of policy contexts resulting from informal activity and challenges to data collection.

Dr Yemi Kale, the statistician general of Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics, will discuss the country’s efforts to gather and disseminate improved data in the face of logistical challenges and a domestic lack of trust in institutions. He will discuss the significance of improved data to better policy-making.