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

Nov 3, 2019

Cali, Colombia, March 28, 2019 – Telefónica Movistar, Cepei, Esri, the OSDAL Network, and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, organized DataLiving Lab, a space that brought together different sectors of the city to detect problems and local solutions related to early childhood within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Live monitoring to identify the progress towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Valle del Cauca.
  • Having quality data is essential for decision makers and public opinion.

Government, civil society, private sector and academia representatives, as well as technicians and decision makers from Cali interested in the use of data and related technology (analysis, maps, visualizations, tools, among others), faced the challenges posed by the implementation of the SDGs at the local level.

“At Telefónica Movistar we believe that Big Data can be very useful for the development of society – what we call Big Data for Social Good. For this reason, we seek to generate local capacities so that decision makers can take advantage of the data generated in their territory and, through data analytics techniques, identify areas of action and thus contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda”.

Ricardo Garzón, Sustainability and RRII Manager, Telefónica Movistar

Early Childhood emerges as a topic of interest for DataLivingLab2030, given the relevance it has for Cali, having been included as a priority in the City’s Development Plan.  Evidence-based tools can be very useful to define the current situation and the challenges faced by local decision makers.

Likewise, Ana María Osorio, Associate Professor of the Economics Department and Leader of the Research Program on Childhood Wellbeing of the Universidad Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Cali, said that the DataLiving Lab is an opportunity to make visible and monitor the conditions of early childhood life and motivate effective and timely public policy actions that translate into benefits for children.

The DataLab was also an opportunity to launch DataRepública´s new website (, which seeks to improve the user experience on the platform:

  • New sources of information in Conecta
  • Cross-country comparison tool against data available for the measurement and monitoring of the SDGs
  • New filters for the identification of data sets
  • A library where you can find documents, infographics, papers and other theoretical support about SDGs and data from Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico
  • A new component, Analiza, which will allow visualizing the contribution that the chambers of commerce make to the measurement and implementation of the 2030 Agenda through the provision of databases that the cameras collect in their daily activity and are related to the SDGs.

“With version 2.0 of DataRepublica we seek to strengthen communication and participation with the public, providing tools that facilitate the use of data, such as the creation of graphics generated by the platform. We are also betting on enabling a direct channel for users, which facilitates more active interaction, through continuous feedback and new ideas.”

Fredy Rodríguez, Data Coordinator of Cepei


Share This