ABOUT THE BOOK: The struggle for data driven decisions in Africa: Consequences of data unavailability

This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the contemporary challenges faced by African countries in accessing relevant data for effective decision-making, with the aim of fostering economic growth and development across various sectors such as manufacturing, mining, construction, education, health, and finance. It delves into the intricate nature of “Data,” demystifying its significance in policy implementation and shedding light on the potential negative consequences African countries may face if they continue to grapple with limited data access. Furthermore, the book explores the role of private and public organizations, as well as think tanks, in contributing to the availability of data that is crucial for shaping policies aimed at economic growth and development. However, it also delves into the underlying factors that hinder African countries from establishing robust research institutions with the capacity to revolutionize data availability and contribute significantly to analysis, research, and development.
Moreover, the book highlights how data availability facilitates statistical and econometric analysis, leading to the generation of ideas that can inform the policy direction of countries on their path to achieving sustainable economic growth. It emphasizes the competitive advantage enjoyed by highly data-driven countries compared to those with limited data access, underscoring the significant disparities in data availability among nations.
Therefore, this book serves as an invaluable resource for policymakers, researchers, academics, and government officials seeking to comprehend the importance of data, address data availability challenges, and implement policies that foster research and development for sustainable economic growth. It provides insights and guidance for those interested in harnessing the power of data to drive evidence-based decision-making and promote the socio-economic advancement of African nations.

By Fitzgerald Witika

Fitzgerald Witika is a luminary economist, exhibiting extraordinary talent in the realms of research and development. His distinguished portfolio boasts a trailblazing contribution to the landscape of contemporary health economics, wherein he applies the Aggregate Demand and Supply (AD-AS) model with theoretical precision to elucidate the global economic ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, he is also known as the author of the book titled “Manifest the Genius in You” published in 2019. Subsequently, his contribution to monetary economics is based on the application of the quantity theory of money in explaining the outcomes of adopting Central Bank Digital currencies (CBDCs). Besides that, Fitzgerald Witika has also collaborated with many researchers around the world and contributed as well as edited book chapters in applied econometrics. Fitzgerald Witika is a consummate research consultant, whose prodigious acumen spans across a diverse spectrum of disciplines, including business research, economics research, econometric analysis, natural scientific research, academic research, and data analysis with SPSS, EVIEWS, STATA, R-software and EXCEL. His multifaceted expertise is honed by his extensive experience in providing consultancy services to both individuals and organizations, spanning a broad range of industries and sectors. With a refined skill set that blends academic and practical expertise, Fitzgerald is recognized for his ability to deliver bespoke consultancy solutions that are tailored to the unique needs of his clients. As a seasoned writer, researcher, econometrician, data scientist, and research consultant, Fitzgerald Witika has garnered extensive experience spanning numerous disciplines, particularly in economics, business, engineering, and other natural and scientific fields. With an impressive portfolio of over 150 research projects, Fitzgerald’s track record speaks to his exceptional ability to navigate complex research problems with ease and deliver cutting-edge solutions. As an econometrician, Fitzgerald has a comprehensive understanding of the mathematical and statistical models that underpin economic analysis, enabling him to leverage advanced techniques to analyze complex datasets and extract meaningful insights. His mastery of econometric tools such as regression analysis, panel data analysis, time series analysis, and forecasting has earned him a reputation as a leading expert in the field. | Economist | Author | Econometrician| Web Developer | Researcher |

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