The network sparks collaboration with leading partners from around the globe.


The MENA Data Platform is supported by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and its Open Data for Development global partnership (OD4D). The partnership works on a wide-range of projects ranging from Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa to the Sub-Saharan Africa. The global partnership aims to further the creation of locally-driven and sustainable data ecosystems by collaborating with civil society, local institutions and innovators throughout different regions.

The overriding aim is to harness open data initiatives to ensure they benefit access to knowledge, data-driven solutions and economic innovation in developing countries.

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The platform hosts the collaborative efforts undertaken by the Open Data for Development network in the Middle East and North Africa (ODMENA). The network includes countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Palestine and Lebanon and works with universities, research centers, civil society organizations and media agencies throughout.

The platform is hosted by the coordinator of the ODMENA; the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D), hosted at the American University in Cairo (AUC). A2K4D was established in 2010 as a regional center for scholarship, research, and policy analysis on access to knowledge, intellectual property, and human development. The Cairo-based center contributes policy-oriented research that investigates the challenges facing access to knowledge and the implications on human development in the Middle East and Africa.

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A2K4D’s Webinar Series: Visualizing Innovation: Tracing Data Blind Spots in Egypt
2021-05-06 19:28:20

A2K4D’s Webinar Series: Innovation Ecosystems in Africa Post COVID-19: The Voice of Young African Scholars
2021-05-06 19:27:12

A2K4D’s Webinar Series: Women & the Future of Work: The Urgency of Inclusion
2021-05-06 19:21:23



The Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) joins the Fairwork network
2021-05-04 05:47:23

Davos Agenda 2021 session titled: ‘Davos 2021: Society & Future of Work: Stopping Poverty from Going Viral’ moderated by Nagla Rizk, World Economic Forum
2021-05-04 05:45:50

A2K4D’s 10th Annual Workshop: A Four-Part Webinar Series titled ‘Beyond COVID-19: Data, AI and the Future of Work: Global Issues and Local Challenges’
2021-05-04 05:43:28