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Nowadays data matters so much that some organisations working in the development sector have made data their main ‘service’. This is the case of the UN Global PulseLabs aimed to analyse big data to accelerate social innovation for sustainable development; or the Akvo foundation focused on developing open source tools used by hundreds of organisations throughout the world to manage data and information in areas such as water, sanitation, health, education, agriculture, conservation and economic development.
How do international development actors deal with this enormous amount of data? How do they make data and information meaningful for the groups they want to empower? How do they use data to improve transparent and accountable decision-making process? And, last but not least, how may they increase the quality and effectiveness of development interventions starting from data?
Guided by Pelle Aardema from the Open for change initiative, we will investigate the meaning of expressions such as open data for development and open development. Special attention will be dedicated to the IATI standard, a framework for publishing information on development cooperation activities in a timely, comprehensive and forward-looking manner.