Better data is not just about more data – it is about making much more use of the data that already exists. And developers are key to this – creating the platforms and the tools that allow people to analyze, combine, and sort through data to find the answers they need.

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data wants to make it easier for developers to find and use the quite phenomenal diversity and range of data sets that can be found online, to create applications and visualizations, and to power the platforms that will allow that data to be used to make life better around the world. 

We work with over 280 member organizations around the globe and across all sectors and types of institutions. Many of these organizations have access to valuable data sets that could support the SDGs. However, it is often difficult to find the right data sets across a plethora of portals and platforms and, in many cases, it is difficult to ingest these data through a robust API that enables further use and application of these data.

Within this context, the Global Partnership launched API Highways to provide easy access to SDG-relevant data and further empower the developer community to use these data for action and decision-making through the development of rich visualizations and applications.


API Highways works to:

  • Increase openness and leverage existing data. By bringing together high-value data sets across sectors for achieving the SDGs.

  • Improve the effective use of data. By providing robust APIs to empower data to be combined in new ways for further insights.

  • Enable data for action and decision-making. By empowering the developer community to create rich applications and visualizations.

Visit the API Highways site to learn more.


Contributing Partners

The World Bank - IBRD - IDA - World Bank Group
Multilateral Organization
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development.
Private sector
Vizzuality is a world-leading data design agency that creates bespoke and compelling visualizations to help people tell the stories that matter to them and their communities.
World Resources Institute
Academic / Research Institution
WRI is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being.

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