Over the years we have keenly followed online Gambian commentary regarding the economy and been left dissatisfied. We have come to realize that the main culprit has been a severe lack of data in these discussions. Data, even a small table can be extremely enlightening; putting both the writer and readers on an even field. Data can serve as both a spring board for a higher level of discussion and a boundary, preventing the discussion from going off the rails.
It is with this in mind that we at 2M Corp have decided to start a weekly blog on the economy. These blog posts will be short, no more than 500 words, and have at most 3 tables of figures. Our main aim is to start a discussion on a topic, providing data on the issue and let the Gambian public move the discussion forward. We will try to make our topics as varied as possible while keeping our analysis as close to the data as possible; avoiding conjecture and speculation as much as possible. We will endeavor to post a new topic every Sunday morning. For the first 6 months, we will be using data from the Gambia Bureau of Statistics’ (GBoS) 2015 Integrated Household Survey (IHS) to do our analysis.
We will be taking suggestions for future topics to cover. Send us a mail at email@example.com to tell us what you would like us to cover. I would like to thank the Gambia Bureau of Statistics, particularly the Statistician General, the Social Statistics and the Coordination Departments for allowing us to use the IHS 2015 dataset.