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Opinion: Without disaggregated age data, the SDGs are set up to fail

« The problem is that there are gaps in comparable international data on older people in relation to income security, health and care, violence, abuse and neglect, and employment, especially in the informal sector. The gaps in data are widest in low- and middle-income countries. Why have these gaps come about? »


What is the strategic importance of GEO-for-SDGs?

« It was a historical moment in 2000 when 189 countries signed a pact – The Millennium Declaration for the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 2015 marked the completion of the monitoring period for the MDGs bringing with it the need for a more comprehensive, holistic and strategic framework, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But, why did the MDGs fail? Why was the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – drafted with ‘geospatial’ as a key component? At last, what is the importance of GEO-for-SDGs? Let’s find out! »

Geospatial World

Sustainable Development Goals: two years in, we need the right incentives

« Two years ago, the United Nations unanimously adopted ‘a bold new global agenda to end poverty by 2030 and pursue a sustainable future’. This 15-year development agenda set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) spanning 169 targets monitored by 244 indicators – a challenging task that can only be achieved with extensive and intensive use of data. On its second anniversary, what steps can be taken to ease the delivery of this data-driven development agenda? »


Open data inception: 2,700+ open data portals around the world in one place

« Did you ever browse the internet for hours on end trying to find data portals? Ever stalked data geeks on Twitter hoping they'll tweet a worthy data repository? Ever maniacally clicked on a five-year-old thread asking for data resources only to be disappointed by the answer (or lack thereof). »


Counting every person on Earth to eradicate poverty and empower women

« The number one United Nations Sustainable Development Goal is to eliminate poverty, leaving nobody behind. Researchers in the United Kingdom are harnessing the large-scale data-processing power of Microsoft Azure to map the location of every person on Earth to provide the accurate population statistics needed to achieve this international humanitarian goal. »


The moral case for evidence in policymaking

« On September 28, 2017, the U.S. Agency for International Development hosted “Evidence Day,” as part of Global Innovation Week. The Hewlett Foundation was one of several sponsors for the event, which drew approximately 1,700 participants from across government, academia, policy research organizations and social enterprises. Following are remarks offered at the closing session by Ruth Levine, our director of Global Development and Population Program. »


Trust and Privacy

« At Omidyar Network, we start from a fundamental belief: People are inherently good and capable, but they often lack opportunity. We believe if we invest in people, through opportunity, they will create positive returns for themselves, their families, and the world at large. »


“The right data at the right time”: How to effectively communicate research to policy makers

« Researchers in development often hope that their research can ultimately influence policy. But getting from research results to policymaker persuasion is an ongoing struggle. Yesterday I heard insights on this point from Dasmine Kennedy of Jamaica’s Ministry of Education as well as Albert Motivans from Equal Measures 2030. (I also gave my two cents.) »

World Bank

Data and Technology for the SDGs: Highlights from #UNGA72 Side Events



« The International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently released a new report on migrant deaths and disappearances entitled: Fatal Journeys Volume 3 - Part I: Improving Data on Missing Migrants. The report features a chapter highlighting the work of UN Global Pulse and UNHCR to explore how big data and data analytics could be used to better understand migrant and refugee movement patterns in the Central Mediterranean. »

UN Global Pulse

Collecting satellite data Australia wants—a new direction for Earth observation

« Australia – for the first time - will soon have the power to task an Earth imaging satellite in orbit. We'll be able to collect imagery where we need it, and downlink the data directly into Australian ground stations. »




Africa Capacity Report 2017


Ready to Measure: Phase Two Ambitions

Open Data Watch

Mapping under-5 and neonatal mortality in Africa, 2000–15: a baseline analysis for the Sustainable Development Goals

The Lancet

Harnessing the Data Revolution to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: Enabling Frogs to Leap



Data Vizualisation

SDG Philanthropy Platform: Helping Philanthropy Engage in the Global Development Agenda

SDG Funders



Final Workshop on Environment Statistics for the East African Community Region

23-27/10, Arusha


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