Open data

Subnational investment in human capital


Investing in the poorest and most vulnerable people is crucial to leaving no one behind. Building people’s wellbeing and boosting their economic potential will equip present and future generations to progress, realise their aspirations and prosper. But investments from donors and governments in human capital are not sufficiently targeting the countries and subnational regions where […]

Five key points from Africa Statistics Week in Uganda

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Between 13 and 18 November the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) marked Africa Statistics Week with a series of events in Kampala. The seven-day event is an extension of African Statistics Day, which was initiated in 1990 to raise public awareness of the importance of statistics in all aspects of socioeconomic and environmental life. The […]

New pneumonia data published on the Development Data Hub

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Development Initiatives (DI) has published new data on pneumonia-related funding on their Development Data Hub, a free data visualisation tool. Visit at The new data release coincides with World Pneumonia Day (12 November) and the publication of The Missing Piece: why continued neglect of pneumonia threatens the achievement of health goals, a report featuring DI data […]

New edition of Development Data Hub launched

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Development Initiatives’ Development Data Hub has launched edition 2.2 with the most recent available data on official development assistance (ODA, often referred to as aid), international finance, government finance, humanitarian assistance and vulnerability. Visit at The Development Data Hub is a free data visualisation tool that provides a comprehensive online source for financial and […]

Supporting Nepal in the sharing and use of (open) data for development

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In August 2017 the worst monsoon rains for 15 years hit the Terai region of Nepal, causing flooding and landslides that affected 1.7 million of Nepal’s citizens. Nepal’s southern districts are often affected by floods, and this is far from being the first time that the region has had to deal with the fallout from […]

SEMIC Conference – reflections on the potentially transferable lessons

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“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 […]

What are the principles of joined-up data?

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At the Friday Seminar that preceded this year’s UN Statistical Commission, Open Data Watch’s Eric Swanson asked me a challenging yet pertinent question following my presentation to the plenary. He asked: “The definition and principles of ‘open data’ are quite clear and simple but the principles of joined-up data are less clear. Can you enunciate […]

Using hydrological data to reduce disaster risk and enhance community resilience in Nepal

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Regional training for a community-based flood early warning system, Lalitpur, Nepal. Photo: ICIMOD, Kathmandu Rajendra’s demand for data and information “We need real-time data on flooding so we can issue early warnings to both communities at risk and disaster management authorities, so they are informed and prepared” Until 2009 the water levels of Nepal’s rivers […]

Using supply-chain data to improve the quality of public health services in Nepal

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Gyan’s demand for data and information “We use data to ensure balance in stock levels so that adequate health supplies and medicines are made accessible all-round the year and in every part of the country based on the people’s need” Until relatively recently, the exchange of information between health facilities at the district level and […]