Africa Forum Regulatory Roundtable #3: Data Sandboxes, Climate, and Sustainability Challenges in Africa

Datasphere Initiative
March 21, 2024

As part of the Africa Forum on Sandboxes for Data, the Datasphere Initiative is hosting a series of Regulatory Roundtables to leverage the collective expertise of the vast community of African policymakers and regulators toward data governance solutions. 

The first regulatory roundtable, organized on November 27, 2023, provided an introduction to sandboxes for data, its benefits and uses, and the regulatory challenges they can address. The second regulatory roundtable, organized on January 24, 2024, delved into sandboxes and Artificial Intelligence (AI) regulation.

Following up on the series of roundtables, the third regulatory roundtable on “Data Sandboxes, Climate, and Sustainability Challenges in Africa” delved into the potential of sandboxes as a tool for fostering experimentation and innovation in environmental data usage.

Participants discussed the unique challenges and opportunities that Africa faces in the context of climate change and sustainability, and shared insights and best practices on how data-driven solutions can be effectively regulated and implemented to promote environmental health and sustainable development. The event facilitated meaningful dialogue and collaboration, and identified actionable strategies that can support Africa’s journey towards a more sustainable and climate-resilient future.

Video and photos of the event:


Boniface Akuku

Digital Agricultural Specialist, World Bank

Aditya Agrawal

Founder, D4DInsights

Justin Bryant (Moderator)

Lead, Global Sandboxes for Data, Datasphere Initiative

Sarah Farooqi

Product Owner, Digital Impact Exchange, Digital Impact Alliance

Dena Montague (Moderator)

Founder and Executive Director, ÉnergieRich

Kenneth Mubea

Capacity Development Lead, Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa)

Bhanu Neupane

Advisor, ICT and Science and Open Access to Scientific Information, UNESCO

Lorrayne Porciuncula

Executive Director, Datasphere Initiative

Peter Rabley

Managing Partner, PLACE

Future events

Dialogues on Regulation and Good Institutional Practices


Fostering Responsible Access and Sharing of Data: A Charters Approach


Regulatory Roundtable #4: Sandboxes and Health Data Challenges


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