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We explore the data-driven initiatives undertaken by companies, often in collaboration with the government, which can potentially accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. We produce newsletters, policy briefs, working papers, infographics, blogs, and data dashboards showcasing our findings.

Why is it important?

This knowledge can be a reference for fostering collaborations between the public and private sectors, promoting transparency and accountability, enabling information exchanges, and contributing to sustainable development. It is time for cities to step forward and take a leading role in the production and use of data.

Leveraging Local Public-Private Data Partnerships for SDG Acceleration



In 2021, Cepei, in collaboration with partners in five world regions, undertook an initiative to explore the impact of data-driven public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the Global South. This research focused on the role of the private sector in various data-driven initiatives aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” The initiative achieved the following milestones:

  • Mapped and identified 394 data actions led by PPPs in the Global South.
  • Developed 8 case studies illustrating data actions and their outcomes in various countries and regions.
  • Initiated advocacy efforts in multilateral platforms, presenting key findings at events like the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the UN World Data Forum, the UN General Assembly, and the UN Internet Governance Forum.

In early 2023, a partnership of thought-leading organizations came together to co-create a vision statement of what success in the data revolution should look like (a Data Action Plan for 2030).

Over the year, partners including Cepei, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), PARIS21, the Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS), Open Data Watch, Salesforce, and DataReady co-created with sector and geographic leaders to articulate what has been achieved and what remains to be done.

In 2024, we will leverage the Data Action Plan’s current value and active potential by promoting public-private data initiatives in local contexts to drive more effective approaches to achieving the SDGs.

For the next two years, with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), we will provide evidence of the value of investing in and facilitating public-private data initiatives for local, national, and international policymakers, companies, and other stakeholders in the data revolution for sustainable development.


Overall Objective

Evaluate and recognize the current value and potential of public-private data initiatives in local contexts, such as Nairobi and Medellin, and devise more efficient approaches to SDG achievement.


Specific Objective

Co-create a local data action plan to accelerate the 2030 Agenda.


Key activities


  • Mapping on public-private data initiatives for the SDGs: Develop a comprehensive tool offering a detailed and dynamic overview of public-private data partnerships and initiatives impacting the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Local-level case studies: Conduct an in-depth analysis of the local data ecosystems in Medellin, Colombia, and Nairobi, Kenya, aiming to explore policies, challenges, and success factors in this type of data initiatives.
  • Communities of Practice: Provide a platform for co-creation and co-learning by actively facilitating Communities of Practice (COP) on public-private data initiatives at local (Medellín, Nairobi) and global levels.
  • South-South Cooperation: We seek to activate peer-to-peer exchange platforms to strengthen advocacy and research processes in South-South cooperation flows.
  • Knowledge and information products: Provide documents for audiences interested in sustainable development goals, data, and public-private partnerships.
  • Interactive tools for data visualization and information of interest on the project’s agenda.
  • Support governments and international agencies: Provide ideas and policy recommendations to help them develop new regulatory frameworks that facilitate and accelerate private sector participation in data production to fulfill the SDGs.

Project Members

Ricardo Valencia

Senior Data Advisor
Contact: r.valencia@cepei.org 

Diana Rocío Galindo

Senior researcher data and technology
Contact: d.galindo@cepei.org

Philipp Schönrock

Executive Director
Contact: psm@cepei.org 

María Camila Gómez

Junior Data Researcher
Contact: m.gomez@cepei.org 

Financed by

This work is supported by a grant from the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada. However, the views expressed herein do not represent those of IDRC or its Board of Governors.

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