Q&A: How the African Development Bank is improving data quality

Walter Odero (left), macroeconomist of the African Development Bank speaks during a panel at the AidEx conference held in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo by: Anastasia Kyriacou‏ / AidEX

NAIROBI — Quality data is key to ensuring that aid programs are effective. The African Development Bank is working to strengthen the capacity of data-gathering institutions, said Walter Odero, macroeconomist for the AfDB in Kenya.

Odero works in consultation with the Kenyan government on areas including debt and interest rate management, as well as in undertaking studies, including an examination of why investments in areas such as infrastructure have not brought significant economic growth to Kenya. He is one of the authors of the annual African Economic Outlook.

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    Sara Jerving is Devex's East Africa Correspondent based in Nairobi. She is a reporter and producer, whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Vice News, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Nation magazine, among others. Sara holds a master's degree in business and economic reporting from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was a Lorana Sullivan fellow.