Data Driven Development in Africa

The Conference on Data-Driven Development in Africa is now in its fourth year. I run the conference with Jessica Steinberg (Indiana), Abdul Shifa (Syracuse) and Dozie Okoye (Dalhousie).

The goal of the conference is to improve research on African political and economic development by contributing to the collection and analysis of high-quality data. In particular, we seek papers that answer substantive questions using large, multi-level, or non-traditional datasets, or which directly tackle issues such as missingness and measurement error. With the exception of experimental evaluations of protocols intended to improve data quality (e.g. question wording effects), experiments are not the focus of the conference.

The conference is a workshop format, with each presenter’s time devoted entirely to group discussion of the paper. All participants are expected to read all papers in advance.

The conference is free to attend, but space is limited and all attendees must complete the application form. Travel assistance is available for students, and for scholars and development practitioners from African countries.

2019 Workshop

Date TBD
Hosted by Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

2018 Workshop

May 18-19, 2018
Hosted by Indiana University’s Tobias Center
Bloomington, Indiana, US

  • Samuel Adams (Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration): “Renewable energy and environmental degradation: accounting for political economy dynamics”
  • Sarah Brierley (Wash U): “Managing Transitions To Meritocracy in Clientelistic Democracies”
  • Mark Buntaine (UC Santa Barbara): “Can Massive, High-Frequency, Hyper-Local Citizen Feedback Improve Public Services? A Field Experiment”
  • Romain Ferrali (Princeton): “Peer effects and externalities in technology adoption: Evidence from community reporting in Uganda”
  • Adam Harris (University College London): “Re-conceptualizing Ethnicity and its Effects on Development”
  • Benjamin Laughlin (UPenn): “Technology and the Formation of National Identity: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa”
  • Rasel Madaha (Sokoine University of Agriculture): “Budget Analysis and Tracking on GBV financing: The Case of Selected Government Ministries in Tanzania”
  • Colette Nyirakamana (McMaster): “Raising Local Revenues”

2017 Workshop

Friday, May 12 – Saturday, May 13
University Park, Pennsylvania, USA

  • Belinda Archibong, Economics, Barnard College
  • Daniel Bjorkegren, Economics, Brown University
  • Evelina Bonnier, Economics, Stockholm School of Economics/SITE
  • Tawanda Chingozha, Economics, Stellenbosch University
  • J. Andrew Harris, Political Science, NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Dominique Lewis, Political Science, Michigan State
  • Takaaki Masaki, AidData, College of William and Mary
  • Collins Odhiambo, Statistics, Strathmore University
  • Mini Saraswati, Political Science, Ohio State University
  • Justin Schon, Political Science, Indiana University
  • Abdulaziz Shifa, Economics, Syracuse University