About one in seven of us live in extreme poverty. Ending it will be the greatest global challenge of our generation. But that is only possible if we know where people living in poverty are and what they need.

One in three children aged five years or younger have not had their births registered. Therefore, officially, these children do not exist in the system.

This problem needs to be fixed immediately. Investments in ensuring everyone is counted will set the basis for ending poverty in our generation.

"In this new century, millions of people in the world's poorest countries remain imprisoned, enslaved, and in chains. They are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom."

Nelson Mandela

  

Initiatives

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Collaborative Data Innovation Fund

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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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Leave No One Behind Data Collaborative

Looking for Partners | Resources Available
Strengthening disaggregated data to help ensure that groups traditionally marginalized from development progress, are included.
  
  

Partners

United Nations UNESCWA Logo
Multilateral Organization
The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) was founded in 1973 and is one of five UN Regional Commissions.
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre IDMC 20 Years 1998-2018 Logo
Non-governmental Organization
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is the leading source of information and analysis on internal displacement. By telling the story of internal displacement, we keep the issue and the plight of internally displaced people high on the global agenda.
World Data Lab Logo
Non-governmental Organization
World Data Lab is an analytical NGO and data refinery enterprise that believes in revolutionizing and democratizing big data. We aim to make data accessible and personable in all sectors of society.
Triage Logo
Private sector
We believe in the potential of the food system to solve the world’s most intractable problems, from poverty and hunger to economic development and the environment. Our work focuses on unlocking that potential.
INDEX Design to Improve Life Logo
Non-governmental Organization
INDEX: Design to Improve Life® is a Danish NPO with global reach. We Inspire, Educate, and Engage in designing sustainable solutions to global challenges.
Local Development Research Institute LDRI Logo
Academic / Research Institution
Local Development Research Institute (LDRI) is an action-oriented think tank whose core objective is to support African Union member states in their efforts to end poverty, end hunger, and address inequality in all its forms.
  

Resources

Research, Methods and Good Practices

Making the Case: More and Better Financing for Development Data

Meeting the data challenges of the SDGs will require increased investments in international and national data and statistical systems. This resource makes the case for investing in data, highlight the current state of financing for statistics, identify funding gaps, and make the case for not just more but better financing for data.
Data4SDGs Toolbox

Subnational Data for Sustainable Development

This Data4SDGs Toolbox module is based on the experiences and lessons learned from the Open Institute’s Global Goals for Local Impact project and seeks to inform data challenges and opportunities at both the national and subnational level.
Data4SDGs Toolbox

Open Mapping for the SDGs

This Data4SDGs Toolbox module provides a brief compendium of resources for national bureaus of statistics, national mapping agencies, line ministries and non-government partners to foster the growth of participatory mapping in their countries and develop national roadmaps.
Data4SDGs Toolbox

Open Data for Sustainable Development

This Data4SDGs Toolbox module provides stakeholders with open data core principles and essential resources needed to prioritize, open and use key datasets relevant to achieving and monitoring the SDGs.
Data4SDGs Toolbox

Mobile Data for Sustainable Development

The objective of this Data4SDGs Toolbox module is to describe an approach for leveraging mobile data to address social goals and questions in support of the SDGs.