Data Driven Development in Africa

The Conference on Data-Driven Development in Africa is now in its third year. I co-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 quantitative 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.

2018 Program 

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

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

2017 Program

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