Open Data Day 2024: Insights from the ‘Open Data as a Human Right’ Workshop

By Muhammed Bello Buhari | March 27, 2024

We are excited to announce the release of the workshop report from the ‘Open Data as a Human Right’ Workshop: Empowering Law Students for Sustainable Development held on 2nd March, 2024 at the Faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria – Nigeria to celebrate the Open Data Day 2024. This workshop, organized by Digital Grassroots with support from Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN), marked a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to empower youth and advocate for digital rights.


The workshop convened legal professionals, experts in open data and human rights, and 50 law students to explore the intersection of open data with digital rights and its role in advancing sustainable development. Led by our Administrative and Advocacy Lead, Muhammed Bello Buhari, the event aimed to empower law students by framing open data as a fundamental human right and provide insights into its ethical, legal, and societal implications.


Insights and Key Highlights


Throughout the workshop, participants engaged in insightful presentations, interactive sessions, and group practical exercises. Highlights included:

i. Insightful presentations on open data, access to justice, and digital rights by industry experts.

ii. Group practical exercises focused on leveraging open data for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), fostering collaboration, and driving meaningful change.

iii. Thought-provoking discussions on the importance of open data in promoting transparency, accountability, and social equity.

iv. Participant feedback reflecting on the value and impact of the workshop, emphasizing newfound knowledge and inspiration for future advocacy efforts.


The workshop report captures the essence of our discussions, insights, and reflections, providing a comprehensive overview of the workshop’s proceedings. It serves as a valuable resource for participants, stakeholders, and advocates interested in advancing the cause of open data and digital rights.


Get Involved


We invite you to read the full workshop report and join us in the dialogue on open data, digital rights, and sustainable development. Together, we can continue to empower the next generation of advocates and drive positive change in our communities. Thank you to all our speakers, participants, sponsors, and volunteers for contributing to the success of the workshop. Your dedication and support are instrumental in advancing our mission of promoting open data as a human right and empowering youth for sustainable development.