Collaboration is key to using data for sustainable development. That’s why the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data engages with data collaboratives around the world to fill data gaps and improve the accessibility and usefulness of data in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals and other national development priorities.

The data collaboratives we work with engage a diverse set of actors to gather existing data and generate new data, improve disaggregation and comparability, create dynamic visualizations and enable timely decision-making that drives progress toward the SDGs.

Here are some of the innovative data collaboratives involved in the Global Partnership:



AirNow has provided real-time air quality observations, forecasts, health and other actionable information to the US public as well as encouraged and supported air quality efforts around the world.

country-owned sdg data dashboards

The initiative plans to help countries create user-friendly and open-access online platforms that track progress and provide insight, analysis and a forum for national-level sharing and dialogue around the Sustainable Development Goals and Financing for Development.

data collaboratives for local impact

The US-led initiative's first collaborative, Tanzania Data Lab, will be a co-working space, training center and platform to mobilize resources and actions that make open data and data analysis a central component of decision-making. Next up: several Data for Local Impact Innovation Challenges.

data for climate action

Data for Climate Action is an open innovation challenge to generate data-driven climate solutions.

data for development

Data for Development organizes innovation challenges meant to make anonymous data, extracted from the mobile network, available to international research laboratories.


Data2X helps to increase decision-makers’ understanding of the need for gender data and to build proof-of-concept research collaborations demonstrating methods and approaches to close gaps in information about the lives of women and girls.

data shift

DataShift aims to assist citizen-generated data initiatives across the globe, particularly in the Global South, and improve the complementarity, comparability and harmonization of citizen-generated data.


GEOGLAM seeks to reinforce the international community’s capacity to produce and disseminate relevant, timely and accurate projections of agricultural production at national, regional and global scales by using Earth Observation data.


GeoSUR plans to create free and open entry points to spatial data published by Latin American and Caribbean agencies.


governance data alliance

The Governance Data Alliance is a community of governance data producers, users and funders committed to the effective production and use of high-quality data to advance democratic governance reforms in countries around the world.

health data collaborative

The Health Data Collaborative helps to establish strong country systems for health sector monitoring and reporting national and global performance on indicators associated with the Sustainable Development Goals.

humanitarian data exchange

The Humanitarian Data Exchange is an open platform for sharing and analyzing humanitarian data.

international barcode of life

The International Barcode of Life project uses sequence diversity in short, standardized gene regions — DNA barcodes — as a tool for identifying known species and discovering new ones.

joined-up data standards project

The Joined-up Data Standards Project focuses on technical solutions and political will to enable existing and future data standards to join up and be used in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network

The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network focuses on providing data, defining data gaps as well as creating national and global multidimensional poverty indexes to improve policy-making aimed at reducing poverty in all its forms.

nzinga effect

The Nzinga Effect is a digital publication and three-day gathering, created to celebrate the stories of African women and women of African descent.


OPAL works to unleash the power of big data held by private companies for the public good in a privacy preserving, commercially sensible, stable, scalable and sustainable manner.

open data for development

Open Data for Development is a global partnership of more than 65 institutions eager to advance the creation of locally-driven and sustainable open data ecosystems in developing countries.

open seventeen

Open Seventeen regularly invites people from around the globe to pitch projects that use open data and crowdsourcing to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals at a local, regional or global level.

project 8

Project 8 is a cloud-based, open data collaboration platform focused on sustainable development data and human needs perspectives, initially focusing on hunger.

Reconciling Data for Development: An SDSN Solutions Initiative

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network's Reconciling Data for Development initiative explores ways in which data reconciliation can help to address data gaps across disparate sectors and stakeholder scenarios, including multilateral and bilateral data sharing agreements.

sdg youth action mapper

SDG Youth Action Mapper is a growing alliance of global youth-led and youth-serving leaders and organizations fostering youth engagement to drive progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

unep live

The UNEP Live knowledge management platform facilitates the exchange and sharing of data among member countries, research networks, communities of practice, indigenous peoples and societies in order to keep the environment and emerging issues under review.

USA Sustainable Cities Initiative

The USA Sustainable Cities Initiative strives to help cities across the United States implement the Sustainable Development Goals.