Fernando Perini
Program Officer
International Development Research Centre


  • International Development Research Centre
  • Canada (Government of)
  • World Bank Group
  • DFID

open data for development network

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. It focuses on building up the supply of quality open data and improving the use of that data by leaders in government, civil society, the media and business so that it furthers public interest and improves peoples’ lives.

Funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), World Bank, Global Affairs Canada and U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), OD4D works with leading open data organizations to create knowledge and inform policies, standards, innovation and research in Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. OD4D's focus in 2014-16 has been on helping developing-country governments, entrepreneurs and civil society create a global action plan to harness open data for development and to manage national data initiatives.

OD4D has been supporting the creation of open data standards, guidelines and solution-driven applications, and exploring the relationship between open data initiatives and socio-economic development. Its Open Data Barometer research on data availability covers more than 90 countries and 50 cities. OD4D's open data impact map has more than 2,000 cases of data use. OD4D hosts the International Open Data Conference, which brings together more than 1,000 representatives from 56 countries in Madrid, Spain, in October 2016.

This collaborative is active globally.


  • Improving current systems
  • Developing new collection techniques
  • Opening, sharing and leveraging existing data
  • Increasing data literacy and capacity
  • Catalyzing the mobilization and alignment of resources
  • Fostering the development of principles and good practices
  • Supporting effective decision- and policy-making, develop user-centred data standards

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