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Data for Development Network Newsletter
March 2023
Welcome to the Data for Development Network ( newsletter. 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 

It is an exciting new phase for the Global Index as the team prepares to pilot the methodology in order to test and refine the approach to selected indicators, capacity-building, research tools, and research tools. 

To ensure regional representation, the pilot will involve at least eight countries from around the world chosen for their diverse AI maturity levels and landscapes. In addition, we are establishing a committee composed of representatives from our regional hubs that will assess the effectiveness of our strategies, share insights, and provide valuable feedback to refine the  Index. The committee will work closely with the Global Index project team to assess and refine the data collection processes, ultimately paving the way for a more comprehensive and inclusive Global Index on Responsible AI. We will keep you updated on the learnings that come out of pilot.

The State of Open Data

We are thrilled to announce that registration is now open for the third round of the State of Open Data roundtables. This next series will feature sessions that place a regional focus on  Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, South, East and Southeast Asia, as well as a wrap-up session that will explore more Global Observations on the state of open data. The roundtables will take place between April 13 and April 20, 2023.

RSVP below

Latin America: 13 April, 2023, 15:00 GMT

South, East and Southeast Asia: 19 April, 2023, 12:00 GMT

Sub-Saharan Africa: 20 April, 2023, 13:00 GMT

Global Observations : 20 April, 2023, 15:00 GMT

More updates to the State of Open Data publication are now on the new State of Open Data home page on the website. Check out Land Ownership, Artificial Intelligence, Telecommunications, South, East, and Southeast Asia, and Crime and Justice. We invite you to visit the website to stay up to date with news about the next updates.

Global Data Barometer

As we edge closer to the one year anniversary of the publication of the first edition of the Global Data Barometer, we reflect on the past, present, and future of the Barometer. Just recently, Dr. Silvana Fumega, the Barometer’s project director, joined the Open Data Charter’s session, Beyond Data Openness: Purpose, Privacy and Priorities, at this year’s Mozilla Festival. The event recording is available here.

Meanwhile, we have been working on a number of new exciting projects that build upon the first edition. In response to a call for proposals in February, we have received over 100 proposals for spin-off projects, and the GDB team is hard at work sorting through the proposals. We will be announcing the successful proposals in the coming weeks.

Global Partner Highlights

Open Data Watch
The Power of Open Data: Our Work to Harness its Potential - New Open Data Day publication from the Open Data Watch takes stock of work to harness the use and impact of open data by monitoring the openness of official statistics around the world.

In consultation with 20+ data for development expert "chefs”, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data has launched the "Effective and Ethical Data Sharing Cookbook." The Cookbook offers a practical guide for building sustainable multi-party data sharing partnerships that benefit people.

Open Data Watch
Official statistics are at the core of measurement for the Sustainable Development Goals but how available are they? Check out the recently released Open Data Watch’s 2023 Open Data Inventory Report to explore the openness of official statistics worldwide.

A new resource is now out that was co-authored by the Digital Public Goods Alliance, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, Jain Family Institute, UN Global Pulse, and UNICEF. Check out Exploring Data as and in Service of the Public Good.

Resource Centre

D4D Resource Centre

The D4D Resource Centre continues to grow as a repository of knowledge and now includes over 800 resources designed to help academia, civil society, and governments work together to discover, manage, and use data for development. To commemorate Open Data Day 2023, we have curated a reading list with over 100 resources designed to help understand, manage, or use open data.

Latest Blogs

Open Data Day

Celebrating Open Data Day: Opportunities for Partnerships and Collaboration in 2023 - In our latest blog for Open Data Day, we highlighted our commitment with our partners to creating lasting partnerships, collaboration and new opportunities for harnessing the power of open data. The blog also highlights four key opportunities for harnessing the power of partnerships for open data. Read more.

Open Data Day: Tracking Progress and Charting a Path Forward - In this new Open Data Day blog, Shaida Badiee from Open Data Watch highlights the critical role played by National Statistical Offices in collecting, publishing, and disseminating the official statistics the world needs. The blog also highlights the importance of partnerships between different experts and how communities can also help improve open data practices around the world. Read more.

Lessons Learned from Open Data Workshops

5 Lessons Learned from Open Data Workshops in Latin America and the Caribbean - Read this blog to learn how the Inter-American Development Bank and Open Data Watch partnered on workshops to promote the use, dissemination, and accessibility of data by creating a culture of innovation and collaboration among governments, civil society, and the private sector. Read more.

Datasphere Initiative Awarded Future of Data Prize

The Datasphere Initiative’s #Youth4OurDataFuture has been named 1 of the winners of the Omidyar Network Future of Data Challenge. The competition saw hundreds of organisations apply with transformative solutions to reimagine the data economy and help build a more equitable data future for all. Read more.

GPSDD Submission to the UN Global Digital Compact

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data has submitted input to the UN Global Digital Compact based on interactions with their partners and organisational experience in leading the Data Values Project. We encourage you to weigh in to shape the Global Digital Compact, too. Creating a fair data future requires crowding in diverse voices and including views from groups that have been historically sidelined from decision making around data and digital systems.

Network Watch

Update from ILDA and the's Participation at KHIPU

  • ILDA LIDA and recently participated in KHIPU, the Latin American conference on artificial intelligence. The event, hosted in Montevideo, brought together researchers and experts from the entire region. During the conference, ILDA hosted a workshop on democratic data governance and machine learning where more than 30 participants gathered to discuss and work on the ethical implications of AI and the role of researchers and communities in the development of these technologies. ILDA and D4D initiatives, such as the Empatia project and the Global Data Barometer, were showcased by the ILDA team. An important milestone at the conference was the signing of a declaration with more than 200 specialists calling for AI technologies to be at the service of the common good and aligned with the democratic principles and human rights.

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 use of data to address critical development challenges. We are looking to expand the pool of professionals & collaborators that work with us, both part time and full time. If you are interested in working with us, learn more about us here contact us here.

Land Portal Foundation - The Land Portal Foundation is looking to reinvigorate their Technical Advisory Group. Are you a passionate data or technology expert willing to support a dynamic organisation affecting real impact and social change? Apply here.

Land Portal Foundation - The Land Portal Foundation is looking for a Chief Technology Officer to oversee Land Portal’s public-facing technologies, drive with passion and technical vision our technology development to unlock scale and impact. Apply here.

Lacuna Fund - The Lacuna Fund is pleased to announce two new calls for proposals to develop open and accessible machine learning (ML) datasets that will improve Sexual, Reproductive, & Maternal Health and Rights (SRMHR), as well as to illuminate the relationship between Climate & Forests to help identify interventions that could mitigate or adapt to climate impacts. Learn more.

African Observatory for Responsible AI - The African Observatory for Responsible AI is inviting emerging scholars to  apply for a travel bursary to attend the AI4D Conference in Kigali, Rwanda in June 2023. This is an exciting opportunity for emerging scholars to meet with African researchers, policymakers, and other key stakeholders in the responsible AI space. Learn more.

The Engine Room - The Engine Room is looking for a Senior Research Associate to work in a team of researchers to conduct research on risks to civil society posed by tech/data issues, the impacts of emerging technologies, and the ways in which movements can push for justice. Apply here.


Open Government Week

Open Gov Week will take place on May 8-12, 2023. This is an opportunity to organise or attend events to come up with open governance solutions to tackle your community’s biggest challenges, and bring reformers together to create change. Learn more.


The 12th edition of RightsCon will take place in San José, Costa Rica from June 5-8, 2023. The world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age will bring together prominent voices from companies, governments, foundations, think tanks, civil society organisations, universities, and international institutions. Early bird tickets are still available. Register here.

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