A data revolution for development

24th July 2015

Around 400 development professionals, government officials, technical innovators, statisticians, researchers and data scientists gathered at the end of April in the Colombian city of Cartagena for the Cartagena Data Festival.

With less than a year to go before the start date for the new Sustainable Development Goals the Festival sought to engage participants in a conversation about the role of data, and particularly the new world of bigger, faster and more detailed data (the so-called Data Revolution), in the implementation of these goals.

Eldis Editor Alan Stanley was in Cartagena to showcase the work of Eldis and our partners in the collaborative Open Knowledge Hub project and to explore some of the opportunities and challenges that the Data Revolution might pose for our work and for development more broadly. You can read his interviews and opinion pieces from the event on Eldis and the IDS website.

Data gaps and development goals - counting the missing millions is an interview with ODI's Elizabeth Stuart talking about the new Development Progress report "The Data Revolution – Finding The Missing Millions"

Data brokers and the demand-led digital revolution reflects on discussions at the Festival about the need for inclusiveness to be at the heart of any data revolution for development.

Exploring the role of research in the Data Revolution for development is an interview with Paul Ladd, Director of Post-2105 at UNDP.