UNU-CS Joins the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

February 1, 2019

The United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS), through its Data and Sustainable Development research project, has joined Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD).

Under GPSDD, UNU-CS is joining the Citizen-Generated Data (CGD) Task Team to produce recommendations on the types of CGD initiatives best suited for the implementation and monitoring of specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Together with the task team, UNU-CS aims to produce guidance aimed at government and international organisations, on how to navigate and engage with different types of CGD initiatives.

Our work around Data and Sustainable Development focuses on a unique concept, Small Data. This is “an approach to data processing that focuses on the individual (or the source of data) as the locus of data collection, analysis, and utilisation towards increasing their capabilities and freedom to achieve their desired functioning”. UNU-CS supports and catalyses community-level action towards the SDGs, democratising social indicators monitoring by highlighting and demonstrating the role of the bottom-up, micro-level, citizen-generated data to complement the official social indicators, and enhances trust in social indicators data.

GPSDD’s work and vision are complementary to UNU-CS, which makes it a natural partner to UNU-CS. The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data was established to help stakeholders across countries and sectors fully harness the data revolution for sustainable development, using this new knowledge to improve lives and protect the planet. The Global Partnership is a growing network of 300 members, including governments, the private sector, civil society, international organisations, academic institutions, foundations, statistics agencies, and other data communities.

For more information, please contact UNU-CS Principal Research Fellow, Mamello Thinyane.

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