Through the Africa Information Highway (AIH) program, the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) provided an Open Data Platform (ODP) to all African countries. The main objective of this initiative is to assist African countries to improve their data dissemination system and data submission system.
Four winners were awarded during the cerebration of African statistics day on 12 December 2017. Each journalist was awarded a computer and a certificate. Awards for this first Edition were provided by PARIS 21 and UNICEF Rwanda.
As a follow up on trainings provided to journalists and winners of infographic competition on data vizualization, NISR and partners launched a yearly data journalism award in December 2017. The mission of this award is to use journalists in data dissemination by promoting excellence and creativity in the reporting of statistics-based stories to the Rwandan public in this data revolution era when journalistic reportage requires practices that include statistical analyses, interpretations and visualization to tell complex and sensitive stories in simple and convincing way.
The National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) organised a second Big Data and Analytics Technical Committee meeting on 20th December 2017 with PhD students in Data Science at University of Rwanda, College of Business and Economy.
Four months after the cabinet approved the Data revolution policy, the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) initiated discussions with stakeholders to discuss how this policy will be implemented to boost the use of other sources that may generate statistics for evidence based decision making.