Data revolution

Data and Development

Data use

The media has been full of concern about Facebook, and issues around privacy, personal data. How an online identity can be used, not only to sell us products we didn’t know we needed – but potentially to sway elections. The idea that if you don’t pay for a product, you are the product, casts a […]

Launch of our Spotlight on Uganda

Data use

Date: Wednesday 7 March 2018 Time: 08:30–13:00 (EAT) Location: Grand Imperial Hotel, Kampala, Uganda About: Much of the data that is crucial for development planning and evaluation in Uganda is spread across the respective agencies of government and not presented in easy-to-use formats. Development Initiatives is launching its ‘Spotlight on Uganda’, a free online tool […]

Data for Development Festival

Data use

Dates: 21–23 March 2018 Location: Bristol City Hall, Bristol, UK About: The Data for Development Festival will bring together partners and friends of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data in order to drive action and foster strong links within the global data community ahead of the 73rd UN General Assembly in September, the World […]

Harnessing the power of data to tackle inequality and reduce poverty in Kenya

Data use

In Kenya, both county as well as national governments are key in fighting inequality and poverty reduction, but county governments particularly are experiencing huge gaps in terms of data collection, the open availability of data and analysis for evidenced-based decision-making. Additionally, some non-official actors such as NGOs face difficulties in accessing, analysing and using data […]

Spotlight on the data revolution: Kenya Equity Week and Uganda High Level National Data Forum

Data use

With limited resources at their disposal, many governments make difficult investment choices when it comes to their data infrastructures. The result is that national statistics based on averages and estimates derived from relatively small survey samples can hide the true scale of the data challenge facing subnational planners. Over the past year, DI has worked […]

The Development Data Assessment

Data use

Development decision-makers need to be data users. They need to know what information is available about the poorest and most vulnerable people in order to make the best choices regarding resource allocation, policy and service delivery at national and local levels of government. Data is also required to assess development progress, forming the basis for […]

High Level National Data Forum, Uganda

Data use

Dates: 14–17 November, 2017 Location: Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala, Uganda About: During Africa Statistics week, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics and its key partners will convene a High Level National Data Forum to bring together stakeholders in the National Statistics System. They will discuss ways of harnessing emerging technologies to strengthen partnerships for data and […]

SEMIC Conference – reflections on the potentially transferable lessons

Data use

“If we don’t have interoperable solutions we could not do our work, we could not invent the future” said Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions, in his closing speech at the Semantic Interoperability Conference (SEMIC 2017) in Malta a few weeks ago. Mr Markkula emphasised how important it is to ensure investment in […]

The care of children in data: Evidence, gaps and opportunities for change in the SDGs


The UN global framework on sustainable development can to help change this situation. Indeed, the call for timely investment in the statistical capacity of countries to produce and use reliable disaggregated data under Sustainable Development Goal 17 has been echoed by several experts and institutions, including the Independent Expert and Advisory Group on Data Revolution […]

Data for development in Africa: Ensuring commitments made at the High-level meeting in Kenya are met

Data use

The High-level meeting in Nairobi drew attention to the need for reliable data for decision-making, and the influence the data revolution in Africa has had, and will continue to have, on increasing data infrastructure, capacity and use. The meeting was politically and strategically successful: a culmination of years of advocacy and thinking on prioritising the data-development nexus […]