"What excites me most is data in the hands of campaigners and social activists..."
The inaugural Data for Development Festival brought together 400 representatives of governments, civil society, NGOs, and the private sector. Nearly 1,500 people joined the conversation online using #Data4DevFest, helping us reach more than 6 million people across six continents.
We spoke to some of the people using data in innovative ways to fight for better lives around the world. Watch this video for more takeaways from the festival and learn more about the event.
Africa Regional Data Cube - making satellite data easily available for sustainable development
The Africa Regional Data Cube, formally launched at a high-level event in Nairobi, Kenya, is a new tool that harnesses Earth observation and satellite technology to help Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Tanzania address food security and issues relating to agriculture, deforestation, and water access.
The data cube was developed by the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) in partnership with the Group on Earth Observations, Amazon Web Services, Office of the Deputy President – Kenya, Strathmore University, and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. Learn more.
About Data for the Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Achieving and monitoring the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, the private sector, civil society, and citizens alike. It will require unprecedented amounts of data to ensure we leave a better planet for future generations.