We presented the Big Data for Development Network at the Data for Development Festival in Bristol

Featuring innovative projects that drive evidence-based decisions to improve the results of sustainable development, the Data Bazaar was the perfect opportunity to present the Big Data for Development (BD4D) Network to over 300 representatives of the data community gathered in Bristol to be part of the Data for Development Festival, co-organized by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) and its partners.

(Bogota / Bristol, April 1) – The Data for Development Festival was an event for the partners and friends of the GPSDD that focused on driving action and fostering strong links for improved outcomes in the short term (73rd UN General Assembly in September and the World Data Forum in October), and in the longer term to 2030. The event provided an opportunity to participate in numerous thematic events, network with the global data community, meet representatives of the Global Partnership’s new Board of Directors and Technical Advisory Group, and shape the partnership’s future.

Data for Development Festival, Bristol, UK, March 21, 2018. © Jon Craig / GPSDD

Among the activities of the Festival, the Data Bazaar allowed to showcase to the global community of data leaders, inspiring projects and innovative initiatives that are strengthening data and driving evidence-based decisions for improved development outcomes. Participants had the opportunity to connect with other projects and speakers to spark new collaborations, explore new ideas, and demonstrate what’s possible using data for development.

Data for Development Festival, Data Bazaar, Bristol, UK, March 21, 2018. © Jon Craig / GPSDD
Data for Development Festival, Data Bazaar, Bristol, UK, March 21, 2018. © Jon Craig / GPSDD

Cepei, on behalf of all the partners –LIRNEasia, the Local Development Research Institute (LDRI), the African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS), and The Center of Internet and Society (CIS), with the support of the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada- presented  Big Data for Development (BD4D), a Southern-led network that seeks to create relevant research for national, regional and global big data policies for development in the Global South; develop capacities among Southern researchers to address data development and governance issues; as well as to involve the private sector and decision makers in collaborative initiatives.

Philipp Schönrock, Director of Cepei, presenting BD4D at the Data Bazaar, Bristol, UK, March 23, 2018. © Cepei

About the Big Data for Development Network (BD4D)

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Interest in big data for development has produced a tremendous demand for computer scientists and statisticians who can understand and analyze large data sets. Yet, as big data scientists are in short supply in developing economies, much of the research is coming from northern institutions. This dynamic has meant that the issues deemed significant to the debate tend to be driven by northern concerns, rather than by southern voices. 

For this reason, LIRNEasia, the Local Development Research Institute (LDRI), the African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS), The Center of Internet and Society (CIS), and the Centro de Pensamiento Estratégico Internacional (Cepei), with the support of the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada, came together to develop the initiative Big Data for Development Network in the Global South, a Southern-led network with the objective of developing policy relevant research on big data for development.

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Focusing on activities linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the network’s work will encompass both big data analyses as well as capacity development, while innovating on data partnerships and collaborations with private sector companies and policy makers. It will also trigger a critical perspective on issues related to big data such as marginalization, privacy, rights, ethics, and competition. Combining global coordinated research efforts and the regional hubs of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, the network will embed the findings of the project into Southern-led processes, and represent Southern voices in global policy discussions.

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Cepei leads the Latin America Hub, while LIRNEasia and The Center of Internet and Society (CIS) the Asian Hub. As for the African Hub, it is lead by the Local Development Research Institute (LDRI) and the African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS).


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