InspireIT organised an Open Data Day event on 9 March 2024 and 10 March 2024 at Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State in Nigeria, where an event on “Climate-Induced Displacement: Understanding Impacts on African Women through Open Data” was done.

I led a panel discussion on “Utilizing Open Data for Resilience and Adaptation,” which elucidated the causes, dynamics, and consequences of climate-induced displacement, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on women and marginalized communities. I spoke about the importance of leveraging publicly available data to enhance the resilience and adaptive capacity of communities, organizations, and governments in the face of various challenges, such as climate change, and socio-economic disruptions.

Udochukwu Chukwu led the field workshop and breakout activities on “Community Voices and Experiences,” on the second day of the event, to gain valuable insights into local perspectives, and challenges, related to resilience and adaptation in Oguta Local Government Area.

The field workshop conducted mainly in the local language and in three villages; Abatu village, Ngegwu village and Umutogwuma village, served as a pivotal platform for amplifying the voices of women, and calls were made for the provision of targeted capacity building, financial resources, and technical assistance to enhance the women’s resilience and adaptive capacity in the face of climate-induced displacement.

Later, I also led discussions on “Towards Gender-Inclusive Policies” which aimed to explore strategies for mainstreaming gender considerations into policies addressing climate-induced displacement and lightning talks on “Innovative Solutions and Initiatives,” which showcased a series of rapid-fire presentations highlighting creative approaches and successful initiatives aimed at addressing the impacts of climate-induced displacement.

We extend our gratitude to all participants, speakers, and partners for their invaluable contributions to the success of the event.

About Open Data Day

Open Data Day (ODD) is an annual celebration of open data all over the world. Groups from many countries create local events on the day where they will use open data in their communities.

As a way to increase the representation of different cultures, since 2023 we offer the opportunity for organisations to host an Open Data Day event on the best date within a one-week period. In 2024, a total of 287 events happened all over the world between March 2nd-8th, in 60+ countries using 15 different languages.

All outputs are open for everyone to use and re-use.

In 2024, Open Data Day was also a part of the HOT OpenSummit ’23-24 initiative, a creative programme of global event collaborations that leverages experience, passion and connection to drive strong networks and collective action across the humanitarian open mapping movement

For more information, you can reach out to the Open Knowledge Foundation team by emailing You can also join the Open Data Day Google Group to ask for advice or share tips and get connected with others.