Operationalising Mobile Phone Network Data for Development and Humanitarian Action

Syed Raza, Senior Director of Data for Development at Digital Impact Alliance Robert Kirkpatrick, Director of UN Global Pulse How has mobile network data been used to inform policy? What building blocks need to be in place to leverage mobile phone network data for real-time policy analysis, decision making and impact tracking? UN Global Pulse […]

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The power of new data sources: how to harness the private sector’s role?

Pietro Bertazzi is the head of sustainable development at GRI. Charlotte Portier is the senior coordinator for sustainable development at GRI. On the quest to establish and adapt the current data ecosystems to reflect the global sustainable development agenda and the SDGs, it has become essential to look beyond official data. The sustainability information that […]

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Data to change lives and save lives

Pierre Guillaume Wielezynski, World Food Programme Digital Transformation Services Chief I was hoping to have a healthy summer, but due to a move across continents and a vacation in the US sampling various IPAs and burgers, my BMI went up by a couple of points. My heart rate remains steady and my daily steps average […]

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National data platforms for SDG reporting: Looking back and looking forward

Katarina Rebello is Director of Programs at CODE Yves Jaques is an ICT specialist, and the Helix project manager at UNICEF Since the launch of the 2030 Agenda, countries across all regions started planning for reporting data and statistics on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Governments are at different stages of this process: While […]

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Hybrid Census to Generate Spatially-disaggregated Population Estimates

Bahadur Hellali is Deputy Director General, Information Systems Management and Development at the Afghanistan National Statistics and Information Authority  Housing census data and up-to-date population data at subnational levels are some of the basic data needs any country should possess to ensure efficient planning and delivery of services, effective development programming, election preparation and timely response […]

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The Inclusive Data Charter: what’s it all about?

Jennie Bell is the project manager for Disability Data disaggregation at Sightsavers The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes a commitment to ‘leave no one behind’. To live up to this promise we need timely, comprehensive, disaggregated data, to better understand the situation of the poorest and most marginalised people worldwide. With robust disaggregated data, we […]

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SDG monitoring: data from civil society

Lieneke Hoeksma is a statistical researcher at the Department of National Accounts at Statistics Netherlands. Hermanus Rietveld is the Coordinator of Sustainable Development Goals at Statistics Netherlands and a member of the IAEG-SDGs In March 2018, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) released its second SDG report, ‘The sustainable development goals: the situation for the Netherlands’, with data […]

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Suspicious minds – trust and releasing the potential of public-private partnerships in statistical capacity development

Matthew Shearing is Co-Founder of the Online Privacy Foundation The debate about public-private partnerships (PPPs) in official statistics has often been focussed on how statisticians can get hold of the data they covet from the private sector. This risks not paying enough attention to other improved and new types of public-private partnerships for capacity development […]

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Big Data for Sustainable Development: what does it take to get to the next level?

Dr. Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis is the Manager of Pulse Lab Kampala (a Lab of UN Global Pulse) In today’s world, livelihoods, social relations and knowledge are linked to the use of digital devices. Digital devices and applications are more and more easily accessible to millions of people that are poor and live in marginalized communities. To […]

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Civil Registration as a Tool for Women’s Empowerment

Irina Dincu, Senior Programme Specialist at the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems Thando Malambo, Programme Officer for Knowledge Translation at the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems On February 26th, the Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Systems at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and its partners hosted a high-level […]

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Tell me why it matters: connecting the dots between having data and seeing impact

Emily Courey Pryor, Executive Director, Data2X Over the last five years, we have all worked hard to help data gain its place as a key part of the global development conversation. The UN World Data Forum is testament to this as data and statistics enthusiasts gather for the second time this October in Dubai. However, […]

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