Mamello Thinyane, Principal Research Fellow within the Small Data Lab at the United Nations University Institute in Macau attended the first United Nations World Data Forum (UNWDF) which was held in Cape Town, South Africa on the 15th – 18th January 2017. The UNWDF brought together more than 1000 delegates from over 100 countries to explore the technological innovations and multi-stakeholder partnerships in using data to inform action and policy towards the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets.
Mamello held formal meetings with representatives from Stats SA, UNICEF, UNDP, Pulse Lab Jakarta, CIVICUS and the African Development Bank to explore collaboration and engagement with UNU Institute in Macau on research that investigates the use of locally-relevant, citizen-generated data to empower individuals and support community-level action towards the SDGs. He was also invited to participate in an initial round-table discussion towards the establishment of a UN City Group on Age and Ageing. After the UNWDF, Mamello spent time at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) visiting the Modeling and Digital Science (MDS) unit. UNU Institute in Macau and the MDS have identified research areas of mutual interest for further engagement.