Measuring access to reliable energy is a strong poverty indicator. Mapping who has access and who does not can allow for targeted development efforts as well as specific energy development strategies. 1.1 billion people around the globe do not have access to electricity. For one seventh of the world, that means no easy to way to study at night or power a phone. 

The Sustainable Energy for All Initiative has tracked progress on reaching sustainable development goals. Data on how many people have access to electricity is critical as it largely relates to better education outcomes and income levels.

"The answer is to end our reliance on carbon-based fuels...If we succeed, we create booming new industries, wealth, clean secure energy and maybe we prevent the greatest disaster so far in human history, saving millions of lives while improving billions more. If we fail, basically it's business as usual while things slowly get worse all around us."

Al Gore

  

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.
  
  

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.
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.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Logo
Non-governmental Organization
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works across a variety of sectors with the belief that every person deserves the chance to live a healthy, productive life.
UNDP - United Nations Development Programme Logo
Multilateral Organization
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.
IPA - Innovations for Poverty Action
Academic / Research Institution
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy non-profit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems.
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Private sector
Athena Infonomics is a policy research and development analytics firm focusing on strengthening the use of data and social science research to solve development and inclusive growth issues worldwide.
  

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.