The partner organizations of the Big Data for Development network met in Dubai as part of the UN World Data Forum

Nov 25, 2018

During the UN World Data Forum, held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the partner organizations of the Big Data for Development Network (BD4D) presented the progress of the initiative and discussed the potential of South-South cooperation and peer learning to generate better data in the Global South.

The United Nations World Data Forum, taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 22-24 October, gathered more than 1,500 data experts from more than 100 countries, including national statisticians, data scientists from the private and academic sectors, international organizations and civil society groups, that aimed to advance innovative solutions for sustainable development.

This scenario was a great opportunity for the partner organizations of the Big Data for Development initiative to share experiences, and to plan strategically the future actions of the network.

On Sunday, October 21, before participating in the Forum, an internal research exchange and strategy-building workshop was held, where representatives of the five partner organizations –LIRNEasia, the Local Development Research Institute (LDRI), the African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS)The Center of Internet and Society (CIS), and Cepei, representing 3 different regions: Asia, Africa, and Latin America,  and with the participation of the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada, the founder organization of the network, discussed ways to facilitate a holistic approach to the governance of big data.

BD4D internal workshop, October 21, 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo: © LIRNEasia

Other topics of discussion where:

  • Capacity building for Southern actors to use big data for development
  • Private sector and policy makers participation in collaborative initiatives
  • Gender as a focus of big data research
  • Advocacy in relevant national, regional, and global policy processes
  • Big data techniques for development problems according to the priorities of the different regions

Representatives of the BD4D Network organized a session at the UN World Data Forum on “South-South cooperation to harness the power of new data sources” that took place on Tuesday, October 23.

Session “South-South cooperation to harness the power of new data sources”, October 23, 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo: © Cepei

During the session, the potential of leveraging South-South cooperation and peer learning to develop capacity to generate better data in the Global South was discussed, focusing on activities linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and sharing best practices to innovate in data partnerships and collaborations with private sector companies and policy makers.

“4 main challenges in LATAM in using big data for development:

1) capacity development within state agencies to actually use big data,

2) generation & access to big data, especially from private sector actors,

3) interpreting big data in context-specific ways,

4) taking the evidences produced by big data analytics back to both appropriate state and non-state actors, as well as to citizens to promote greater transparency and accountability around the national/regional development process”.

Philipp Schönrock, Director of Cepei

Other issues addressed during the session where:

  • Application of big data techniques
  • Governance of big data
  • Legal and regulatory processes
  • Gendered dimensions of knowledge gained from traditional and alternative data sources.
Leonida Mutuku, founder of Intelipro, in the sesión “South-South cooperation to harness the power of new data source“, October 23, 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo: © Cepei

“Emerging partnerships between academic, private sector, and NGOs using data to inform development actions are creating collaborative possibilities around big data use for informing development processes as well as development services”.

Leonida Mutuku, Intelipro
Shweta Mohandas, Center for Internet and society, in the sesión “South-South cooperation to harness the power of new data source“, October 23, 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo: © Cepei

“South-south cooperation is essential in developing not only regulatory frameworks and data governance regimes in individual southern countries, but also to shape global government positions on these matters – much to learn here from climate change debates”.

Shweta Mohandas, Center for Internet and Society
Sriganesh Lokanathan, Team leader – Big Data investigations, LIRNEasia, in the sesión “South-South cooperation to harness the power of new data source“, October 23, 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo: © Cepei

“Big data is increasingly more acceptable as evidence base for policymaking among state actors in Sri Lanka; producing studies using big data that inform policy questions – from mobility to disease spread – have helped in demonstrating usefulness of big data”.

Sriganesh Lokanathan, LIRNEAasia

Conferencistas

Philipp Schönrock

Director
Cepei

Magin Ortiga

Gerente General
Gases de Occidente

Bruno Ayllon

Docente e Investigador
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Juan Pablo Prado

Profesor Investigador
Universidad Autónoma de Puebla

Inés Brill

Coordinadora – Unidad de Desarrollo de Capacidades
Centro Regional para América Latina y el Caribe – PNUD (Panamá)

Sandra Alzate

Directora de Cooperación Internacional (2005-2011)
Agencia Presidencial para la Acción Social y la Cooperación Internacional en Colombia

Javier Surasky

Oficial de Programas Gobernanza y Financiamiento para el Desarrollo Sostenible
Cepei

Jaime Abello

Director General
Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI)

Tom Wambeke

Responsable de Actividades del Programa de Educación a Distancia y Tecnologías de la Formación
Centro Internacional de Formación

Fernando Buchelli

Coordinador de la Línea de Investigación en Cooperación y Desarrollo (2009-2010)
Universidad Externado de Colombia

Gert Danielsen

Especialista en Eficacia de la Ayuda y Cooperación Sur-Sur (2008-2011)
Centro Regional de PNUD para América Latina y el Caribe

Oscar Angulo

Coordinador de la Unidad de Programación y Calidad de la Ayuda (2008-2012)
Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo

Guillermo Carvajalino

Director Ejecutivo
Fundación DIS

Virginia Jiménez

Consultora independiente
Universidad Central de Venezuela 

Jared Ortiz

Oficial de Planeación (2007-2013)
Alianza ONG

Bárbara Hess

Directora Residente de la GTZ en Colombia
GTZ

Diego Dorado

Director de Evaluación de Políticas Públicas (2009-2012)
Departamento Nacional de Planeación de Colombia

Rita Kotov

Directora de la Oficina Regional para los Países Andinos (2009-2012)
InWEnt

Organizadores

universidad tecnológica de bolivar
Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano
Inwent
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