We generate knowledge and provide tools for the visibility, strengthening and potentialization of the use of data for sustainable development, to impact evidenced-based decision-making.


Big Data for Sustainable Development

The term big data refers to large data sets that cannot be processed and analyzed in a traditional way, since it is generated according to the dynamics of societies. Its five characteristics are: variety, volume, speed, value and truthfulness. The potential of big data is that it can explain causes of specific events, anticipate trends and provide possible solutions at all levels, especially for evidenced-based decision making.

What has been the main element for the positioning of big data for sustainable development in the Latin American and Caribbean region?



What is big data?

It is all structured, semi-structured and unstructured data, which is produced thanks to digital technologies based on social dynamics


On April 1st,  Data Republica launches a new data story, with the support of Cepei, Telefónica Movistar and LUCA. 

Through the use of big data and the analysis of mobile phone data, the story highlights the migratory flows that occurred in the Colombian city of Mocoa during and after the natural disaster, suggesting to the institutions in charge of risk management  the importance of building partnerships with data producers -such as the private sector- that contribute to decision-making in emergency situations for a timely attention to the population.

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We represent the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) in Latin America and the Caribbean through the promotion of initiatives to strengthen inclusive data ecosystems.

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Progress and challenges in measuring the SDGs: GPSDD Latam partners meeting

In the framework of the 51st Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission, Cepei and the Global Partnership organized a working meeting with Latin American partners on the progress and challenges in the implementation of the SDGs.

BD4D is a network that promotes the use of big data for sustainable development through research and data analysis.

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The University of the West Indies and Cepei joined efforts to develop the BD4D Caribbean initiative

The University of the West Indies and Cepei organized two workshops in Kingston, Jamaica, on big data and data visualization for local private sector representatives, academia, statistical offices and data and statistics experts.

Data Republica is a data lab that promotes capacity building, evidence-based knowledge generation, and data ecosystems, linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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In Cali, Colombia, the use of data is promoted to solve social problems

Cepei together with Telefónica Movistar, Esri, the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and the OSDAL Network, brought together 30 participants from different sectors for a workshop on early childhood data for the SDGs, where version 2.0 of was launched.


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Sentiment Analysis to inform about the SDGs: Immigration in Colombia and Costa Rica

In this paper, we present the use of Sentiment Analysis in implementing SDGs through a use case which addresses the problem of immigration in Colombia and in Costa Rica. For this purpose, we have proposed a new Machine Learning (ML) based Sentiment Analysis approach on data related to immigration in these two countries, collected from Twitter.


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The Data Coordinator of Cepei participated in Montevideo in a workshop on data and artificial intelligence

The Data Coordinator of Cepei made an intervention on artificial intelligence and data in Latin America, where he presented the main findings and results of our work regarding to big data and SDGs monitoring.


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Rebuilding Mocoa through data: using big data for decision-making

How can big data contribute to decision-making? Data Republica launches a new data story, with the support of Cepei, Telefónica Movistar and LUCA. On April 1, 2020, on the occasion of the tragedy that the Colombian city of Mocoa experienced in 2017, this story will be launched on


We generate partnerships with organizations committed to the promotion of sustainable development.

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