Third Round of Investment Into Collaborative Data Innovation Projects Announced

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Funding opportunity for collaborative data innovation projects now available from The World Bank Data Group and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.

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The ultimate goal is to encourage collaboration, experimentation, learning, and capacity development in the field of sustainable development data.

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and the World Bank Development Data Group are announcing a third round of funding for collaborative data innovation projects. This initiative is building upon the success of two previous rounds of investments, of USD 2.5 million each, the first of which was piloted in 2016.

The themes for this year’s call for proposals are scaling local data for impact, which aims to target innovations that have an established proof of concept, and fostering synergies between the communities of non-official data and official statistics, which looks for collaborations that take advantage of the relative strengths and responsibilities of official (i.e., governmental) and non-official (e.g.,private sector, civil society, social enterprises and academia) actors in the data ecosystem.

This call has been issued to support improvements where needs are continuous or recurrent, and where innovations can be readily adapted to other regions and sectors. The innovation fund is particularly targeting projects that result in data or methods for producing faster; in a more cost effective manner; at a higher resolution or granularity; or to address data gaps. The ultimate goal is to encourage collaboration, experimentation, learning, and capacity development in the field of sustainable development data.

The collaborations should take place primarily in low-income countries and lower-middle-income countries, and be directed towards sustainable development generally, and linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in particular. Funding awards can range from $25,000 to $250,000, depending on the project.

The winners of the inaugural collaborative funding round, launched in 2016, include projects such as that are improving vital registration of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, helping health workers predict patient behavior in Africa, using low-orbit satellites to detect illegal fishing in Southeast Asia, using signal attenuation between mobile phone towers to estimate rainfall, and more.

The 12 winners of the second funding round, which focused around the themes of environment and leaving no one behind, include work on predicting the movements of internally displaced populations in Somalia to speeding up post-disaster damage assessments in Nepal; and from detecting the armyworm invasive species in Malawi to supporting older people in Kenya and India to map and advocate for the better availability of public services.

The application deadline for this call for proposals is 15 August 2018, and must be submitted through the online application here: http://bit.ly/wb-gpsdd-innovationfund-2018

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About the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is a growing network of more than 300 organizations, including governments, businesses, and civil society organizations, working around the world to harness the data revolution for sustainable development. Since it was created in 2015, the Global Partnership has elevated data issues at a political level, launched a multi-million-dollar Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development funding initiative, and supported the advancement of country-led Data Roadmaps for Sustainable Development in: Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Costa Rica.

About the World Bank’s Development Data Group

The World Bank Group plays a key role in the global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. Data and statistics that improve our knowledge of development in all its forms –is at the heart of the work of the World Bank. The Development Data Group (DECDG) is the Bank’s focal point for this work. DECDG’s mission is to put data to work for development. It aims to achieve this by improving the quality, accessibility and use of development data, both for clients and for staff, through technical expertise, partnership, and innovation. For more information, please visit data.worldbank.org.

Contacts:

Amber Kiwan
Communications Officer
Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
akiwan@data4sdgs.org

Tariq Khokhar
Senior Data Scientist & Global Data Editor
The World Bank
tkhokhar@worldbank.org

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