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Data for Development Network Newsletter
November 2022
Welcome to the latest edition of the Data for Development Network (D4D.net) newsletter. This newsletter covers the activities of D4D.net, including project updates, blogs, publications, and the latest info on our regional and global initiatives. Please feel free to share with your networks.

Project Highlights

The Global Index on Responsible AI at the Paris Peace Forum

The Global Index has just wrapped up its participation at this year’s Paris Peace Forum. The Paris Peace Forum was held this year under the theme “Riding Out The Multicrisis”, and we are thrilled that the Global Index on Responsible AI was selected to be showcased as one of the 10 “Scale-up” program recipients. The program provides year-long customised support for selected projects chosen from among the 60 solutions presented at the Forum. We are honoured that the Global Index was selected as the criteria was specifically focused on the relevance, consistency, and overall project quality of the project. 

The Principal Researcher for the project, Dr. Rachel Adams, also participated in two roundtable discussions where she represented the Global Index and the African Observatory on Responsible Artificial Intelligence along with esteemed experts on artificial intelligence and AI ethics from around the world. The events were live-streamed and are available here on YouTube.

State of Open Data - Roundtables

We are thrilled to announce that we have successfully hosted the second round of the State of Open Data Roundtables. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the chapter authors for hosting their individual roundtable discussions. In case you missed the roundtables, the Education, Corporate Ownership, Land Ownership, Agriculture and Crime and Justice video recordings are available on the D4D.net YouTube page.

Global Data Barometer

The Global Data Barometer continues to shine on the international stage with Dr. Silvana Fumega, David Zamora, and Nicolás Grossman all presenting at recent international conferences. On November 7th, Nicolás joined GovLab’s Stefaan Verhulst for a session on measuring the impact of open data at the Canadian Open Data Summit. David was also invited to share findings from the Global Data Barometer for Latin America at the Transparencia y Lucha Contra la Corrupción event in Honduras. In October, Silvana Fumega presented the GDB findings at the World Ethical Data Forum and the Touch Symposium.

Our D4D Asia Hub also recently launched 11 country profiles with data from the GDB. The country profiles provide a quick overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the following countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam — highlighting data capabilities, governance, availability, and impact of countries from the region and globally. The launch of the country profiles was followed by the launch of the GDB results for South and Southeast Asia on 14 November, 2022.

In addition, The Open Government Partnership’s (OGP) Broken Links: Open Data to Advance Accountability and Combat Corruption report uses new data from the Global Data Barometer to explore trends across nine policy areas, identifying areas for improvement and providing recommendations for future OGP commitments. The report has been presented at OGP regional summits in the Dominican Republic, Italy, and Morocco. 

The Open Contracting Partnership also recently published the “Fulfilling the promise of e-procurement reform: Lessons from 5 African countries” report on the implementation of e-procurement reforms in Africa. The report uses data from the GDB public procurement module and highlights eight key lessons, recommendations, and tools from five countries – Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia.

Global Partner Highlights

Open Contracting Partnership
The Open Contracting Partnership published the “Fulfilling the promise of e-procurement reform: Lessons from 5 African countries” report on the implementation of e-procurement reforms in Africa.
Open Data Watch
New statement from Open Data Watch and Data2X on findings from the “The PARIS21 Partner Report on Support to Statistics 2022 - A Wake-Up Call to Finance Better Data” report.

D4D.net
We are pleased to announce that the D4D Global Research Hub will be joining the Datasphere Initiative as an in-kind partner. The partnership will foster collaboration between the two organisations as we explore the responsible use of data for the public good. Learn more.

Open Government Partnership
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) released the Broken Links: Open Data to Advance Accountability and Combat Corruption report that offers an overview of the state of open data against political corruption in OGP countries. The report uses new data from the Global Data Barometer.

Resource Centre

D4D Network Resource Centre

The Resource Centre continues to grow as a repository of knowledge where you can find over 600 resources designed to help academia, civil society, and governments work together to discover, manage, and use data for development. 

How to use the Resource Centre: You can search for resources and filter results by area of interest, resource type, region, and source organisation. The Resource Centre is still in the beta phase, so if you have any suggestions and feedback about its functionality, you can leave them here. We hope this site will be used as a tool to facilitate research and inform public policy and debate on the application of data to address critical development challenges.

Latest Blogs

Global Index on Responsible AI: A Tool to Support the Implementation of the UNESCO Recommendations on Ethics in AI

As digital technologies proliferate across all spheres, from global markets and civic spaces to everyday life, inequality within and between countries is also on the rise. Urgently, national and international governance arrangements and tools are needed to direct digitisation in ways that enhance the existence of human and planetary life forms. If we do not act, we risk the world dividing into deeper socio-economic cleavages and the embrittlement of democracy. Read more.

US Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights: Reflections from Africa

Regulation of Artificial Intelligence is the need of the hour. The release of The Blueprint for An AI Bill of Rights (AIBoR) by the US White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is fitting. The Blueprint adds to global debates on AI governance by intending to guide the design, use, and deployment of automated systems for the protection of the American people in the age of AI. Read more.

Data Sharing to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia

New blog from the Cepei think tank on “Data Sharing to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia”. This blog unpacks findings from their mapping study with LIRNEasia to understand the private sector collaborations related to data to achieve the SDGs across the continent.

Assessing the Gender Dimensions on Digital Inequality for Policy Action

A new blog from Research ICT Africa highlights a paper drafted for the recent UN Women Expert Group meeting in preparation for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women’s 67th gathering in 2023.

Network Watch

Call for Papers

Publications

Opportunities

 

D4D.net - D4D.net is a global research alliance that works to strengthen collaboration across a broad network of stakeholders by developing and mobilising the knowledge needed to advance the ethical use of data to address critical development challenges across the Global South. We are looking to expand the pool of professionals & collaborators that work with us and have a range of potential positions available, both part time and full time. If you are interested in working with us, learn more about us here and fill out the form here.

Open Ownership - Open Ownership is hiring for the following roles;

Technical Project Management Consultancy

Country Programmes Associate - Remote

Events

Communication Policy Research Conference

The 15th edition of CPR LATAM 2022 will be held on December 2nd in hybrid mode in Mexico City. Visit cprlatam.org for more information.

International Anti-Corruption Conference

The International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) brings together world leaders, activists, experts, journalists, business, and more. This year the conference will be hosted by the United States of America government from 6-10 December, organised by the IACC council and Transparency International. This year's conference will be hosted in hybrid format and registration is now open.

CAFDO Data Journalism Webinar

Our partners at CAFDO are inviting data journalists and data enthusiasts to join their data journalism webinar on November 24, 2022. The webinar is an opportunity to better understand the concept of data journalism and master existing tools. This session will be in French. Register here.

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