High and rapid usage of mobile phones, Internet, and geospatial technologies produce social and environmental data at an unprecedented volume and pace. This wealth of digital data – commonly referred to as ‘big data’ – has the potential to transform the way data can be analyzed and leveraged to give insights into human development, and inform development policy, planning and programmes.
Big data for development, a term championed by the UN Global Pulse has been used in many instances to assess poverty situations in rural areas, improve the productivity of the public sector, create a more responsive social protection system, strengthen the resilience of cities against climate change and provide information of higher granularity for urban transportation planning.
Big data for development is showing promise to improve, and perhaps substantively change, public sector and the international development sector in novel ways. Making good use of big data will require collaboration of various development actors including governments, data scientists, practitioners, academia, civil society and the private sector.
Participants of this event will have the opportunity to discuss how big data and analytics can inform South-South decision-making processes and address regional integration and cross-border development efforts. They will also explore examples of successful use of big data in tackling development challenges and promoting South-South exchanges.
For more information on the event, kindly contact Shams Banihani, Policy Analyst on South-South Cooperation, at email@example.com.