We are proud to announce that Josh Powell, DG’s Deputy CEO, has been invited to join the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD). This news comes just one week after DG joined the ICGFM board, further emphasizing DG’s growing reach and influence in the world of development data.
GPSDD is comprised of over 250 Data Champions that aim to harness the data revolution to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). DG has been a Data Champion since the launch of GPSDD in September 2015.
GPSDD announced their new Board and TAG at the High-Level Meeting (HLM) on “Data and Development in Africa” in Nairobi. DG’s Mark Irura, Paige Kirby, and Monicah Njonjo attended and participated in the event, presenting thoughts from our Results Data Initiative.
Government, private sector, and civil society actors are all key to achieving the SDGs. Accordingly, the TAG will provide much-needed working level expertise from each sector, in areas such as open data, statistics, citizen voices, earth observation technologies, and remote sensing. As a TAG member, Josh will help ensure that data lie at the center of policy and government decision-making. Josh has managed programs and supported teams in more than a dozen countries over the past decade — including in GPSDD partner countries Colombia, Philippines, Senegal, and Tanzania — and is well-equipped for this involvement with the Partnership.
DG and GPSDD goals are strongly aligned, and we are eager to deepen our engagement with the GPSDD community. In joining the TAG, we continue to further our mission of co-creating tools that help decision-makers monitor and use data to achieve the Global Goals.
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