Data Upside-Down: from data to development impact

Some weeks ago, I received the picture at the top of this post. Apart from triggering a light smile, since at the time I was preparing this blog series, it made me think about data’s development impact. Assessing and evaluating impact is necessarily contingent to the purpose and goals of …

Open data: empowering citizens and governments for attaining sustainable development

Open Data: as pure as the driven snow… Open Data (OD) is data freely available for anyone to use for any purpose. Such data may come from social media, private companies, NGOs, and government databases and agencies, and can be used to a) foster economic growth, b) boost jobs market, …

Can Virtual Reality become an empathy-driving tool in development?

In 2018, The Open University partnered with a virtual reality developer company, academics, as well as a think tank to create ‘Virtual Inclusion: Tackling Hate and Extremism Using Virtual Technology’. The goal of the project was to combat extremism among vulnerable young people and to ‘allow young person to experience …

Can Big Data combat world hunger or is it just ‘food for thought?

Can Big Data combat world hunger or is it just ‘food for thought?’ In 2015, the UN adopted seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aiming at an inclusive and participatory development. SDG 2 refers specifically to the elimination of world hunger, taking into account that about 10% of the world population …