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Better data is not just about more data – it is about making much more use of the data that already exists. And developers are key to this – creating the platforms and the tools that allow people to analyze, combine, and sort through data to find the answers they need.

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data wants to make it easier for developers to find and use the quite phenomenal diversity and range of data sets that can be found online, to create applications and visualizations, and to power the platforms that will allow that data to be used to make life better around the world. 

We work with over 300 member organizations around the globe and across all sectors and types of institutions. Many of these organizations have access to valuable data sets that could support the SDGs. However, it is often difficult to find the right data sets across a plethora of portals and platforms and, in many cases, it is difficult to ingest these data through a robust API that enables further use and application of these data.

Within this context, the Global Partnership launched API Highways to provide easy access to SDG-relevant data and further empower the developer community to use these data for action and decision-making through the development of rich visualizations and applications.

To access the site, available via GitHub, email

API Highways works to:

  • Increase openness and leverage existing data. By bringing together high-value data sets across sectors for achieving the SDGs.

  • Improve the effective use of data. By providing robust APIs to empower data to be combined in new ways for further insights.

  • Enable data for action and decision-making. By empowering the developer community to create rich applications and visualizations.


Contributing Partners

Private sector
Vizzuality is a world-leading data design agency that creates bespoke and compelling visualizations to help people tell the stories that matter to them and their communities.
The World Bank - IBRD - IDA - World Bank Group
Multilateral Organization
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development.
World Resources Institute
Academic / Research Institution
WRI is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being.
 Radiant Earth Foundation Logo
Non-governmental Organization
Radiant Earth Foundation provides a geospatial and imagery technology platform that supports knowledge transfer to positively impact the developing world’s greatest social, economic, and environmental challenges.
Center for International Earth Science Information Network - The Earth Institute - Columbia University
Academic / Research Institution
The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) is a center within the Earth Institute at Columbia University. CIESIN works at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences, and specializes in online data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Logo
Non-governmental Organization
Free, up-to-date maps are a critical resource when relief organizations are responding to disasters or political crises. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) creates and provides those maps.
 GEO - Group on Earth Observations
Non-governmental Organization
GEO harnesses the power of open data through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems for access to better information and decision making for a changing planet.

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