We need to know the number of people currently living in towns and cities around the world, and especially those living in slums where the conditions are dire. We need to measure the quality of the water, air, transportation, and infrastructure across all these cities.

More than half of us now live in towns and cities, and with migration and population growth, that proportion is set to keep rising. But for the poorest people, that often means living in slums where conditions are dire. Our cities are only going to get busier—but we can make them safe, healthy, and happy places to live.

Digital Matatus, a collaboration between Columbia University, Groupshot, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Nairobi, uses geo-location data of Matatus (private buses used by 3.5 million people daily) to improve public transit in Nairobi. The database is helping to plan for Bus Rapid Transit in the city and other efforts to reduce the half-million dollar daily cost of traffic jams.

"In the planning and designing of new communities, housing projects, and urban renewal, the planners both private and public, need to give explicit consideration to the kind of world that is being created for the children who will be growing up in these settings."

Urie Bronfenbrenner

  

Initiatives

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Africa Regional Data Cube

Resources Available
The Africa Regional Data Cube is a new tool that harnesses the latest Earth observation and satellite technology to help Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Tanzania address food security and other development issues.
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Collaborative Data Innovation Fund

Resources Available
The Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development Fund supports projects that work towards achieving the SDGs in low-income and lower middle-income countries.
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Data4SDGs Toolbox

GPSDD Initiated | Looking for Partners | Resources Available
The Data4SDGs Toolbox is a set of tools, methods, and resources to help countries create and implement holistic data roadmaps for sustainable development.
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Data Roadmaps

GPSDD Initiated | Resources Available
Data roadmaps support countries in developing and implementing multi-stakeholder data ecosystems for sustainable development.
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Environment Data Collaborative

Looking for Partners | Resources Available
Using earth observation and remote sensing data to protect the environment and improve climate resilience.
  

News

1:00 pm March 23 - 7:30 pm March 23, 2018

Bristol Data Dive

Cities, Transportation, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
9:00 am March 21 - 1:00 pm March 23, 2018

Data for Development Festival

21-23 March 2018, Bristol, United Kingdom
  

Partners

IREX Logo
Non-governmental Organization
IREX is a global development and education organization.
Inter-American Development Bank - IDB Logo
Multilateral Organization
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) works to reduce poverty and inequality, to improve health and education, and advance infrastructure through financial and technical support for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Bogotá Chamber of Commerce - Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá Logo
Private sector
The Bogotá Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides services to businesses in the Bogotá-Region.
UNHCR Logo - The UN Refugee Agency
Multilateral Organization
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and coordinate international action for the worldwide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees.
United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific ESCAP Logo
Multilateral Organization
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, works to overcome some of the region’s greatest challenges by providing results-oriented projects, technical assistance, and capacity building to member States.
Integrated Research on Disaster Risk IRDR Logo
Academic / Research Institution
Integrated Research on Disaster Risk is a global, multi-disciplinary approach to dealing with the challenges brought by natural disasters, mitigating their impacts, and improving related policy-making mechanisms.
  

Resources

Research, Methods and Good Practices

Harnessing the Data Revolution to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Harnessing the Data Revolution to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: Enabling Frogs to Leap, a report of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the JICA Research Institute, analyzes the challenges and opportunities that exist in the pursuit of the data revolution.
Leave No One Behind | Research, Methods and Good Practices

Africa Data Revolution Report 2016

The Africa Data Revolution Report 2016: Highlighting developments in African data ecosystems is envisioned to provide a thorough review on the data ecosystem in the continent based on in-depth country assessments.
Research, Methods and Good Practices

Counting on the World: Building Modern Data Systems for Sustainable Development

The report intends to support national and international policy makers taking an evidence-based approach to SDG planning and implementation. It looks to design modern, fit-for-purpose data systems that improve the quality, reach and impact of public service delivery and strengthen environmental protection. It sets out a vision for modern data systems, supported by a broad range of actors, while also providing specific recommendations to drive urgent action.
Principles and Standards | Research, Methods and Good Practices

Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data

This global plan is intended to provide a framework for discussion on, and planning and implementation of statistical capacity building necessary to achieve the scope and intent of the 2030 Agenda.