Data + Design for Development Program

Data Visualization for Social Impact

As the amount of data available increases, it is important to distill data in a way that shares the most relevant information. Moreover, data is becoming a point of reference for professional decision-making and advocacy efforts. You need to be able to present your data in a way that will be convincing to your intended stakeholders, whether they be policy-makers, citizens, or co-workers. Fortunately, there is software that helps craft data dashboards and visualizations with the ability to integrate with a variety of dynamic data sources. But bringing in the data is only part of the puzzle. There are decisions about what to visualize, what data representations are appropriate, and which design elements will speak to your intended audience.

Past and Present Data + Design for Development Program Scholars & Fellows​

Recent Data + Design for Development Program Showcase

About the Program

The Data + Design for Development Program teaches you how to use software and tools, including Tableau, Power BI, Datawrapper, and Flourish to create interactive and dynamic data dashboards and visualizations. The Program teaches you how to gather and critically interpret development data related to a theme of your choice.


Tableau, PowerBi, R, Data Wrapper, Infogram and More

The Data + Design for Development Master Class teaches you how to use software and tools to create interactive and dynamic data dashboards. This means that the dashboard updates as new data arrives.

Emphasis on Visualizing Data

It is one thing to share data in simple figures and it is another to bring figures to life. This takes knowledge of data science combined with an artistic flair. We teach you basic principles of aesthetically pleasing data visual designs.​

Build a Portfolio

The Master Class results in a professionally designed and dynamic data visualization in a software of your choice and using data relevant to your research and professional field.​

Taught by Four Data Visualization Specialists

At the Leaders of Africa Institute, you learn from the best. What is special about the Data + Design for Development Master Class is that you learn from four different instructors that specialize in the different data visualization platforms.​

Works with Your Schedule​

The course includes six intensive and highly interactive course meetings (six weeks) and individual mentorship meetings to provide individualized feedback on your data designs and assignments. The program is virtual and interactive so you can join from any location.​

Important Dates & Info

Applications Open: December 18, 2021

Applications Close: January 19, 2022 (Extended by 2 Days)

Program Dates: February 1 – March 30, 2022

Benefits & Qualifications

Official LoAI Certificate

Professional Portfolio with Capstone

Transcript with Qualifications

Reference Letter (If Required)

Application Requirements

The Data + Design for Development Program requires a brief application. You will provide the following information on the application:
  • Basic contact information
  • Curriculum vitae / resume
  • Statement of Interest (maximum of 400 words)
    • What are your research, thematic, and professional interests?
    • What shaped your interest in learning to craft data dashboards and visualizations?
    • What do you hope to learn from the Data + Design for Development Program at the Leaders of Africa Institute?
  • Community Statement (maximum of 200 words)
    • What do you hope to gain from being a part of the educational Leaders of Africa Institute community?
    • What skills make you ready to be an active participant and contributor to the Leaders of Africa Institute community? How will your participation contribute to Leaders of Africa’s mission to bridge research and creative expression to advance equity, justice, and selfless leadership?
    • How will you be able to take advantage of the events and opportunities at the Leaders of Africa Institute?
There is NO application fee. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, January 19th at 12.59 PM UTC. (Extended by 2 Days)

Frequently Asked Questions

All prospective applicants who are Africa-based are permitted to apply to the program. We are a Pan-African organization, which means that applications from all corners and islands of Africa are welcome. This program is also open to a select number of participants in the diaspora with an interest in international development.
Leaders of Africa Institute virtual course programs have a competitive application process. We have an Admission Committee that carefully reviews all applications and selects prospective Scholars with the best chance of success in the program. Scholar cohorts are purposely designed to be a size conducive to forming relationships with professors because we feel that this is important for mentorship and support.
Our application ensures that you are eligible to participate in our programs. It also allows us to know about your academic and relevant work experiences, as well as what you expect to gain by taking courses and experiencing our mentorship. We want to get to know you so that we may serve you. Carefully answer all of the application prompts fully and directly. If you have any questions about the program and application, reach out to us via the website chat or at [email protected].
The total fee for the program is 2,500 USD. However, every accepted applicant receives an automatic Impact Scholarship worth 2,400 USD. This leaves only a small fee of 100 USD for the program (if Africa-based). The fee may be paid in two installments to accord with your budget, with the first 50% installment made before the start of the program. The fee is only used to provide the Institute with the necessary technological resources to support the Scholars.

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