Many might question why so many are pushing for a data revolution when there are so many other issues and disparities in the world. But that is exactly why it is so important. Data is knowledge, and we all know, knowledge is power. Putting the right data in the right hands can mean powerful change, and leaving millions without data to back up their claims and to lay the truth out, means no proving power. So when a new study (Data Deprivation, Another Deprivation to End) says that 77 countries are lacking of such data, this isn’t something to ignore.
The International Budget Partnership highlights how part of this data that needs to be publicly available is development finance and government budgets, both of which is data that has been created, but is often not readily available in readable formats. By readable they mean two things-a machine readable version, and an every day citizen readable narrative about the budget to make it truly accessible for all stakeholders.
Along with IBP, several key stakeholders in the data revolution gathered at the Cartagena Data Festival in April. There was a lot of enthusiasm around figuring out how to make the revolution an actuality, and a lot of discussions that are sure to be continued post-festival. It also saw the launch of several important reports, such as Paris 21’s Road Map for a Country-led Data Revolution and ODI’s “Data Revolution – Finding the Missing Million.”
If you’re a visual learner, then definitely check out the graphic that was created throughout the festival highlighting the key topics that came up during the three days. There are a lot of coinable phrases, and one to remember is that “data is a means to progress, not an end.”
Representatives from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) will be attending the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from September 5-9 in Kigali, Rwanda to highlight two projects: the Visualizing Insights on African Agriculture (VIFAA) project and the Farmer-Centric Data Governance Models project.
In Episode 2 of "Data…for What?!," a podcast series from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) which explores our new strategic plan, Josh Powell met with experts from DG and IREX to discuss DG’s expansion into the education, media and disinformation, and youth sectors. The conversations explore the most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities for data and technology to positively impact these sectors and discuss how these trends are likely to play out in the years ahead. Based on these trends, the experts explain the unique fit for DG’s skills and specific opportunities for collaboration that align with the vision of DG’s partnership with IREX, which has a long and successful history working in each sector.
To help contextualize the new Strategic Plan, we are launching a podcast series called Data… for What?! This series consists of 5 episodes in Josh Powell and Vanessa Goas talk to DGers throughout the organization – as well as collaborators within our strategic partner, IREX - about how and why we prioritized the various elements of the new strategy. In this first episode, we talk to Kristin Lord, President and CEO of IREX about how our partnership fits into the Strategic Plan; and to Aleks Dardelli, Executive Vice President of IREX and Chair of DG’s Board of Directors, about the process of putting the Plan together at this opportune, yet precarious, global moment.