Data visualization for sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Data visualization in Latin America and the Caribbean is essential for building new data-related skills and achieving sustainable development. During the workshop “Visualizing data for sustainable development in Latin America”, organized by Cepei and the Global Partnership For Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), 14 institutions form the region, that are data producers, learned how to strengthen their data visualization and data for sustainable development communications capacities. 


Context and objective

The workshop was divided into eight theoretical-practical sessions oriented to data analysis using different visualization tools, including a module designed to analyze and interpret spatial data with a geostatistical approach. In addition, Cepei provided the data sets to develop the working sessions, focusing on drinking water, education and poverty, essential themes of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the 2030 Agenda.




Partners like Tableau, the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS), Viz For Social Good organization, the data specialized journalist, Claudia Béaz, and the software company, ESRI, together with data for development experts from Cepei, carried out the sessions that were conducted with a particular emphasis on Tableau Desktop at the basic and intermediate levels.

Participants from Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador applied what was learned during the workshop by presenting a data visualization story. 


Cepei’s work in countries of the region has made it possible to identify institutions that demand greater capacities for data analysis and visualization. Initiatives such as DataRepública and Data For Now have made it possible to strengthen capacities in the different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean in the production and management of data for development.


Data laboratory for sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean that, through the strengthening of data ecosystems and the mapping of information sources, allows users to carry out data analysis and the creation of evidence-based narratives.


Data For Now
Independent initiative led by eight countries (Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Mongolia, Nepal, Paraguay, Senegal and Rwanda) with the support of the Global Partnership For Sustainable Development Data, TReNDS, the World Bank and the United Nations Statistics Division to promote and coordinate partnerships to close information gaps and improve existing methods for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).