Melika Edquist
Manager, Data, Monitoring & Accountability
UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network


  • Amida Technologies
  • Bogota Chamber of Commerce
  • Cepei
  • DANE (Colombia Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística)
  • UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Reconciling Data for Development: An SDSN Solutions Initiative

As national statistics offices identify gaps in the data they collect and what is necessary to effectively monitor progress towards national plans and the Sustainable Development Goals, there is demand for mechanisms to effectively integrate non-official or non-national level datasets into indicators useable at the national scale. The process of data reconciliation, which stitches together multiple related datasets, can increase the efficiency and achieve a level of specificity hitherto unavailable to most statistics offices.

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network's Reconciling Data for Development initiative explores the ways in which data reconciliation can be applied as a method to address data gaps across disparate sectors — like urban economic growth, water quality and access — and stakeholder scenarios, for instance through multilateral and bilateral data sharing agreements. With funding from the Hewlett Foundation and support from SDSN, Amida Technologies and in-country partners are working together to co-design an open-source platform for such exchange.

This collaborative is active in Bogota, Colombia.


  • Leveraging sub-national and non-official data
  • Encouraging entrepreneurship and statistical innovation
  • Supporting effective decision- and policy-making

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