How Data Journalism Drives Results in Developing Countries

October 15, 2014
12:00 pm - 02:00 pm

1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004


Ida Jooste

Craig Hammer
World Bank

Tara Susman-Peña

Moderated by:

Mark Nelson
Center for International Media Assistance

About the Event

Over the last decade, the explosion of government and private data has sparked a revolution in transparency and accountability. From farmers in remote villages getting real-time prices to parents tracking teachers and patients rating medical care, digital technologies and the data they produce are transforming lives in developing countries. But with all this new data comes a challenge for the media development community. “Without media that can make sense of this growing mountain of data, the promise of the transparency revolution is likely to be lost,” as Tara Susman-Peña says in CIMA’s paper, Understanding Data: Can News Media Rise to the Challenge? News media is often the driving factor in both bringing data to light as well as helping people figure out what it all means. This event will examine how data journalism is transforming work in health, education, agriculture and other sectors of development, drawing on work from Internews in Kenya and the World Bank in countries across the world. Watch the event on Youtube as CIMA and Internews examine these and other questions about data journalism and open data.