MERO Policy Forum Series: Third - Data for the Good: Understanding how data can help us achieve healthy, prosperous communities
IDRC Regional office for Middle East and North Africa implemented their third policy Forum with collaboration with the Embassy of Canada to Egypt and InfoTimes organized a workshop to promote a better understanding of the social and economic benefits of data for the Arab region and to highlight the importance of opening government data and how it can help improve and measure the effectiveness of public policies.
The workshop focused on the data as a renewable resource that can help existing businesses to become more effective and, more importantly, to help young entrepreneurs in the region starting new businesses, creating new products and services that we could not have thought of few years ago.
The workshop included a presentation on global data conversation by Dr. Raed M. Sharif, Senior Program Officer at the Networked Economies Program, IDRC to determine the importance of data and its usages. Another presentation about Canada’s approach to open data and good governance was given by Kristen Ambler from the Embassy of Canada. Followed by discussions and questions about countries’ approach to open data and how it can help in achieving the countries’ goals. A discussion between the participants was held to discuss the status of data in Egypt, the challenges, opportunities supported by these data. Finally, Amr Eleraqi the founder of InfoTimes ended the session with a presentation about representing the data in a format to be easily used and to be ready for action.