The Capacity Accelerator Network (CAN) works with expert partners to run accelerators in sub-Saharan Africa and India, as part of a larger mission to train one million purpose-driven data professionals worldwide over the next decade. 

Over three years, we aim to produce a cohort of 200 data practitioners with interdisciplinary subject-matter expertise in health and climate data. In surrounding communities, dozens of social impact and public sector organizations will reap the benefits, hosting paid 20-30 data fellows who graduate from the program. These partnerships will result in a set of open-source resources, including modular curricula, made available to social impact professionals worldwide.

In May 2023, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, with funding from Wellcome Trust and support from, launched the first capacity accelerator with 80 participants in sub-Saharan Africa, and a second accelerator in India follows in collaboration with Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab South Asia. This first training program contributes to changing the data science field within the civil service by strengthening skills and improving gender and minority diversity to use data effectively when creating policies and improving decision-making within climate and health.