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CPI April, 2024 = 38.06% Y/Y | GDP Growth 2022 = 3.5% | Population (2021 Mid-Term Census) = 7,548,702 (Male = 3,727,747 (49%) Female = 3,820,955 (50.6%) | PPI 2022 - Q2 =20.33% Y/Y | PHC Projection 2022 (Medium Variant) = 8,494,260 | Population (National - 2015 Census) = 7,092,113

Clementina Akran

Clementina I. Akran is currently a Senior Statistician / Senior Data Scientist, and Heads the Open Data and Visualisation Section, Data Science Division (DSD) at Stats SL.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Master of Science degree in Development Studies.

She leads a host of tasks: Stats SL Focal Point on the Trust Initiative Project with Paris 21 and the Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA); Focal Point for the Data For Now initiative in Sierra Leone working with the team on 4 Policy Priority SDGs to fill existing data gaps using innovative methods; enhanced General Data Dissemination System (e-GDDS) Coordinator for Sierra Leone; Stats SL Focal person – United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) Working Group on Open Data; Stats SL Data Selection Editor; Co-chair Open Data Council of Sierra Leone and have participated in series of statistical activities (Qualitative and Quantitative data collection activities, report writing and analysis).

She also doubled up as the Secretary of Stats SL’s Internal Training Programme (2018 – 2019).

Clementina has a wealth of experience in research studies and has co-authored series of statistical publications (or reports), data collection and analysis etc.  She is committed to continuously learning and adapting to the ever-evolving landscape of data science.

As Section Head Open Data & Visualisation, she focuses on providing technical guidance and support to ensure international comparability of data, adequate application of international statistical standards and data requirements from development partners and MDAs. She coordinates all data compilation activities carried out by the section, supervises its functioning, and assuring high quality, timeliness and coverage of the statistical outputs decided by Stats SL etc.

Her key outstanding achievements include:

Led the development of the Stats SL - Proactive Disclosure/Publication Scheme which Stats SL bagged the top Proactive Disclosure of Information compliance award in 2019 for being the only MDA to proactively disclose all information as stipulated in the Right to Access Information Act of 2013 and also to have fulfilled all 22 disclosure benchmarks well in time; working with Open Data Inventory (ODIN) which assesses the coverage and openness of official statistics to identify gaps, promote open data policies, improve access, and encourage dialogue between national statistical offices (NSOs) and data users; developed the  Stats SL’s Open License Agreement and Terms and Conditions of data access/usage on the website; initiated the setting up of Stats SL Opendata / free datasets portal. She represented Stats SL in a session to celebrate the International Open Data Day #0DD2020 organised by the Association of Freelance Journalists (AFJ) and the Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), where journalists were trained on Data Journalism skills

Ms. Clementina Akran was also one of the lead speakers for The Right to Access Information Commission (RAIC) in the commemoration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI)  -  The proclamation of 28th September every year as IDUAI has created the platform for citizens, civil society organizations and partners to reflect on the significance of data access.

Ms Akran co-authored an article on Changes in rates of psychiatric beds and prison populations in sub-Saharan Africa from 1990 to 2020.