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Data for Development Network Newsletter
February 2023
Welcome to the first Data for Development Network ( newsletter for 2023.  This newsletter covers the recent activities of, 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 

The Global Index on Responsible AI kicked off 2023 with a three-day workshop in Cape Town, South Africa. Team members from Kenya, Argentina, Canada, Sudan, and Switzerland joined the Cape Town team to strategize and plan the way forward for the Global Index on Responsible AI. The team reaffirmed the project’s commitment to supporting the equitable use of AI to create a space for contributions from the global network of independent researchers.

On the 24th of January 2023, the project lead for the Global Index, Dr. Rachel Adams, participated in the ‘Let’s Talk Series About Data and AI’, hosted by the and the Datasphere Initiative. Rachel joined AI experts as they discussed the Global Index on Responsible AI and the crucial role data plays in AI development and use. Learn more about the event in this blog by the Datasphere Initiative. A video recording of this event is also available here.

The State of Open Data

We are thrilled to announce advance updates to the State of Open Data publication. Our stellar team of researchers and industry experts have been working on the chapter updates during the last year and we are excited to start sharing the early chapters. The Land Ownership and Accountability and Anti-corruption chapter updates are now available on the new State of Open Data home page on the website. Please visit the website to stay up to date with news about upcoming roundtable discussions as well. Keep an eye out for our exciting announcement during Open Data Week.

Global Data Barometer

It is almost a year since the Global Data Barometer was launched, and the Barometer team is still attending conferences to share insights from the study. In December, Dr. Silvana Fumega, project lead, attended the “Using the Global Data Barometer to Advance Political Integrity Transparency in OGP Commitments” session at the International Anti-Corruption Conference in Washington DC. The session was coordinated by Transparency International, the GDB’s partner in producing the Political Integrity module in the final report. Access video from the event here. David Zamora from the GDB team also recently attended the third edition of the Open Data Summer hosted by Abriendo Datos, sharing key insights from the Barometer results with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Access video from the event here.

Global Partner Highlights

New article in the Data Values Digest unpacks “The Hidden Dangers of Diversity Data”. Kevin Guyan argues that despite its potential for good, when data is only used to describe problems, it can stall meaningful action and support the interests of those invested in the status quo.

The Datasphere Initiative
Drawing from her participation at the Berkman Klein Center’s Digital Identity in Times of Crisis: Designing for Better Futures research sprint, Mariana Rozo-Paz has written a series of blogs in which she analyses the benefits and challenges of digital identity systems, proposes an Inclusion Assessment Framework, and dives into the potential of cross-border sandboxes for data.

Resource Centre

D4D Network Resource Centre

The D4D Resource Centre continues to grow as a repository of knowledge and now includes 700 resources designed to help academia, civil society, and governments work together to discover, manage, and use data for development. Discover a myriad of publications, such as RIA’s Case Studies on AI Skills Capacity-building and AI in Workforce Development in Africa, which shed light on the dynamics of ongoing efforts to trigger socio-economic development through the integration of AI and data capabilities into employment and workforce initiatives. Also available is the Derechos Digitales’ article “Towards a feminist framework for AI development: from principles to practice”, exploring, through a feminist and Latin American lens, the possibility of developing AI that does not reproduce logics of oppression.

Latest Blogs

How is Africa preparing its population for Industry 4.0?

National Policy Plans in East Africa for Skilling of Digital Workers for Industry 4.0 - This blog is part of a series that looks at how various African states are preparing their citizens to integrate effectively into the industry 4.0 era. With a focus on East African states, the blog assesses how Uganda and Kenya are formulating their national strategies for the fourth industrial revolution with a particular focus on skilling, reskilling, and upskilling of their populace. Read more.

Women in Water Governance

Linking technology experts with women environmental defenders to co-create safe spaces Does a woman sharing information about her failed riverside crops, destroyed by unseasonal release of flows from an upstream hydropower infrastructure project, count as a security threat? Learn how the Open Development Initiative is bringing together women across Southeast Asia who are dedicated to women’s leadership and environmental justice to guide the development of a technology platform to safely share, connect, learn, and influence. Read more.

Announcing Awards for Climate Datasets: Health and Energy

The Lacuna Fund has announced awards to eight teams who will create machine learning datasets in the Climate domain. Five project teams will focus on the intersection of climate and energy, studying impacts in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Mauritius. These datasets aim to improve energy systems and infrastructure for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Read more.

Network Watch


Opportunities - 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.

Global Partnership for Sustainable Development - The GPSDD is looking for a consultant to support the development of media and creative partnership strategies to support the Data Values Campaign at the intersection of data, rights, and inclusion. Deadline: March 3rd, 2023. Apply.

Open Ownership - Open Ownership is looking for a Data Support Manager. The successful candidate will be responsible for increasing usage of Open Ownership’s range of open source technology tools, and draw lessons from this to inform the organisation's work. Deadline, March 5th, 2023. Apply.

Connected by Data - Connected by Data is looking for a Field Building Associate and a Head of Delivery and Operations.

NIYEL - NIYEL is recruiting a Senior Advocacy Officer to develop and support the implementation of highly effective strategies for a range of clients. Apply.

Datasphere Initiative - The Datasphere Initiative is recruiting a Project Manager for their Cross-Border Sandboxes Project. Deadline, March 15th, 2023. Apply.


International Open Data Day

Open Data Day - Open Data Day(s) will take place on March 4th-10th, 2023. For this year, Open Data Day will be centred around the theme Open Data to AI. To achieve a greater impact from the events, ODD is focusing on a single theme and will concentrate mini/small grants around it. Learn more about available resources here.

Conference on the State of Artificial Intelligence in Africa

Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) - CIPIT invites professionals and students from academia, civil society, research centres, policy centres, and think tanks to the first Conference on the State of Artificial Intelligence in Africa (COSAA) - conference proceedings to be held in March 2023, at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya from March 16 to March 17, 2023 as a hybrid event (in-person and virtual). Register here.

Festival de Datos

Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) - Early bird tickets are available for a limited time for the Festival de Datos in Uruguay this November. The bi-annual data festival hosted by the government of Uruguay and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data seeks to bring together data for development professionals from across sectors to collaborate and share ideas on using data for people and the planet. Free tickets and travel support are available based on eligibility. Learn more.

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