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We have a broad and representative Governing Board and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The Board will provide advice and oversight, build political buy-in and mobilize resources, while the TAC sets technical priorities, aligns program outcomes and focuses on capacity development and uptake of our products and services. A host institution will provide the needed fiduciary mechanism for a DE Africa Trust Fund and provide capabilities to host a small, core team to manage, coordinate and facilitate the program.

The Digital Earth Africa Governance Framework outlines the core functions, relationships, terms of reference, principles and process for the Governing Board, a Technical Advisory Committee and a Stakeholder Community Group.

The governance of DE Africa will be guided by several key principles:

Our governance principles are for open and free data, an operational service, accountability and transparency, and diversity and inclusion

Governing board

The Governing Board provides strategic guidance, oversight and accountability to ensure successful achievement of the vision and mission. This includes policy guidance, alignment and prioritization, and uptake and use of data products at the national and other levels.

Technical advisory committee

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is inclusive of respected subject matter experts who can provide rigorous and practical guidance on the overall technical program for DE Africa. This may include the latest technological trends and emerging issues on topics related to the use of geospatial and earth observation data, big data, data science, citizen generated data, national statistics, data governance and privacy, interoperability and other topics of a similar nature as identified.

Stakeholder community group

The Stakeholder Community Group (SCG) provides a voice to a wider range of organizations than those in the immediate governance structure, providing us with the breadth of perspective and engagement that will be necessary to achieve impact and growth to a sustainable service. The SCG will provide increased diversity of representation, across sectors, domains, gender, geography and data communities.