LoA Institute

Data + Design for Development 2021

TaxParency: How is Tax Revenue Contributing to Local Development in Ghana?

African governments have been urged to increase their revenues. One of the major concerns is whether the increases in tax collection capacity and revenue translate into meaningful development. Isaac Newton Bortey explores the relative size of revenues to spending priorities. In recent years, a sizable amount of taxes collected is used to service existing debts through interest payments. At a regional level, revenues often fall below the necessary amount to drive development.

Mpape Suburb Power Supply and Land Use Analysis (in Nigeria)

Ensuring reliable electricity through on and off-grid means is a paramount challenge. Using data from the Nigeria SEA4ALL Data Portal, Temitope Omowumi examines the populous suburb of Mpape in Abuja, Nigeria to see the distribution of the power infrastructure in relation to land use.

Temitope Omowumi

I am a civil engineer with an interest in the use of location intelligence and big data. I am particularly passionate about leveraging GIS, data and renewable energy to bridge the power and telco infrastructural gaps in Africa.

Public Expenditure and the Quality of Higher Education in Cameroon and Africa

Higher education has a significant impact on the economy of every country. There is variation across African countries in the budgetary outlays to fund higher education, including the amount of money as well as the proportion of the total state expenditures. Dr. Sophie Ekume Etomes’ data visualization explores the variation across Africa and the capacity gaps in education that are expected to grow as student enrollment increases.

Sophie Ekume Etomes

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and the Head of Service for Outreach Training and Community Development, Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Buea in Cameroon. My interest lies in the management and productivity of higher education as well as multidisciplinary research.

Determinants of Dietary Diversity in Côte d’Ivoire

Low dietary diversity is a worldwide demonstrated predictor of child stunting. In this visualization, Roland Mady looks at malnutrition and stunting across West Africa and the variation within Côte d’Ivoire. The purpose of the visualization is to raise awareness and inform strategic interventions that improve crop yields and dietary diversity.

Eva Penar

I am passionate about data and analysis for development. I am presently at the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University in the MBA Program.

Gloria Nzeka

I am passionate about public communications. Presently, I am in the Department of Information Studies at the University of Maryland.

Leaders of Africa

Inquiry + Creative Expression

Applications to the Institute opening in Dec 2021