Studying Africa by numbers can be misleading. What can be done about it?

"The deeper point here is that numbers need to be interrogated meticulously. Confronted with secondary data in the international databases, users need to conduct basic source criticism and ask, “who made this observation?”, “under what conditions was this observation made?” and “is there any reason to think that the observation is biased?” Failure to do so increases the distance between the observer and the observed and may lead to a disconnect between reality and the numbers".

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Published 4. August 2016 - 8:55 - Updated 1. December 2016 - 11:46