In this one hour conversation, we consider data literacy and what it means for individuals and organizations. What are some examples of impact? Needs for systems and structural adjustments? We touch on wide-range of topics from types of data, how can we add value, how can we be honest and inclusive as we work with communities. One point that really resonates is the potential of being localized in our activities:

“The ownership of data is where the power can really come from. Communities are engaged in collecting data and information about themselves that they are then using to show evidence/facts about what is happening. That can really do a lot for empowerment. “ (Dirk Slater, Fabriders)

Listen to our discussion on Data Literacy:

(1 hour)

About our guests:

We would like to thank our guest speakers for sharing their experience and thoughts on the data journey:

Nnenna Nwakanma, Senior Policy Advisor at World Wide Web Foundation, advocates for open data, open government and the open Web across Africa, bringing together local and international stakeholders to advance the open agenda. She works to drive forward the Africa Data Consensus, the Africa Open Data Network, the Africa Open Data Conference and the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms. She represents the Web Foundation at a number of international fora, including the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.

Recently, she pioneered the Foundation’s first gender data project – TechMousso, which brought together the data and tech communities with women’s rights organisations to tackle gender challenges in Côte d’Ivoire.

Her career has allowed her to work closely with many civil society organisations, the African Development Bank, the Digital Solidarity Fund and has seen her involved in many phases of the UN’s Africa Information Society Initiative. As well as leading a highly regarded consultancy platform, Nnenna has in recent years co-founded The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa, and served as a board member of the Open Source Initiative. She has lived and worked in five African countries and is fluent in English, French and a number of African languages.

Ana Brandusescu, Digital Citizen Research Officer at World Wide Web Foundation is a member of our open data team and focuses on driving the Open Data Barometer research, as well as contributing to a number of other open data projects. She has seven years of research experience in data analysis, data standards, open source applications, and participatory projects. Her work has included global advocacy, research evidence and mapping, policy, and strategic partnerships in open data for agriculture and nutrition, participatory mapping in Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific, crowdmapping and community development in Canada, geovisualizing trauma injuries in South Africa, and representing informal communities with free and open source software tools in India.

She previously worked for the Web Foundation in the development of pioneering the Open Contracting Data Standard with the World Bank. Ana obtained a graduate degree in Geography from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Dirk Slater is founder of FabRiders (, a consultancy which focuses on improving the effectiveness of social change efforts through: utilising data and technologies, facilitation of participatory events, and developing strong organisations and networks. Dirk has more than two decades experience working with activists and advocates in over thirty countries on a variety of social change issues including: the empowerment of marginalised communities, defending the right to freedom of expression, and improving governmental transparency and accountability.

Panthea Lee is a founder and principal at Reboot, where she specializes in the applications of ethnography, design, and technology in advancing inclusive development and accountable governance. She has directed over USD 10 million of programming in over 20 countries, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, and across Asia. Her experience spans work on public sector reform, media development, civic innovation, ICT4D, and financial inclusion. Panthea worked previously with UNICEF Innovation, and is a graduate of McGill University.

IFRC guests included Heather Leson as host and John Crowley, Manager of Knowledge of Learning.

[Note on format: We had some technical issues. To best serve the content, we shifted to an audio only event. There were no slides during the conversation, but we do regret that you were unable to see our guests.]