In many countries around the world, the government does not know the exact number of people who have access to clean water and sanitation or even where they live.  In order to invest in water and sanitation for these communities, we need foundational data. 

Every minute of the day, a child dies because of poor sanitation and dirty water, and the diseases that accompany them.  2.5 billion people do not have decent sanitation facilities.  In fact, more people have access to a mobile phone than they do a toilet.

Data can help governments target their resources more effectively through mapping where water pumps are not working or where there are people without access to clean water.

"Although we take it for granted, sanitation is a physical measure that has probably done more to increase human life span than any kind of drug or surgery."

Deepak Chopra

  

Initiatives

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Collaborative Data Innovation Fund

Resources Available
The Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development Fund supports projects that work towards achieving the SDGs in low-income and lower middle-income countries.
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Data4SDGs Toolbox

GPSDD Initiated | Looking for Partners | Resources Available
The Data4SDGs Toolbox is a set of tools, methods, and resources to help countries create and implement holistic data roadmaps for sustainable development.
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Data Roadmaps

GPSDD Initiated | Resources Available
Data roadmaps support countries in developing and implementing multi-stakeholder data ecosystems for sustainable development.
  
  

Partners

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Multilateral Organization
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, was founded with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world.
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Government
Ghana Statistical Service's mission is to lead the efficient production and management of quality official statistics in support of national development.
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Government
The National Administrative Department of Statistics is responsible for the planning, compilation, analysis, and dissemination of the official statistics of Colombia.
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Multilateral Organization
The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) was founded in 1973 and is one of five UN Regional Commissions.
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Non-governmental Organization
INDEX: Design to Improve Life® is a Danish NPO with global reach. We Inspire, Educate, and Engage in designing sustainable solutions to global challenges.
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Non-governmental Organization
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works across a variety of sectors with the belief that every person deserves the chance to live a healthy, productive life.
  

Resources

Research, Methods and Good Practices

Harnessing the Data Revolution to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Harnessing the Data Revolution to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: Enabling Frogs to Leap, a report of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the JICA Research Institute, analyzes the challenges and opportunities that exist in the pursuit of the data revolution.
Leave No One Behind | Research, Methods and Good Practices

Africa Data Revolution Report 2016

The Africa Data Revolution Report 2016: Highlighting developments in African data ecosystems is envisioned to provide a thorough review on the data ecosystem in the continent based on in-depth country assessments.
Research, Methods and Good Practices

Counting on the World: Building Modern Data Systems for Sustainable Development

The report intends to support national and international policy makers taking an evidence-based approach to SDG planning and implementation. It looks to design modern, fit-for-purpose data systems that improve the quality, reach and impact of public service delivery and strengthen environmental protection. It sets out a vision for modern data systems, supported by a broad range of actors, while also providing specific recommendations to drive urgent action.
Principles and Standards | Research, Methods and Good Practices

Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data

This global plan is intended to provide a framework for discussion on, and planning and implementation of statistical capacity building necessary to achieve the scope and intent of the 2030 Agenda.
Leave No One Behind | Research, Methods and Good Practices

Development Co-operation Report 2017

This report sets out priority actions and good practices that will help policy makers and providers of development assistance to bridge the global data divide, notably by strengthening statistical systems in developing countries to produce better data for better policies and better lives.