What is the Global Partnership network?

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (Global Partnership) network is made up of hundreds of members across a range of sectors, data communities, issues, and regions. 

Our network is a community of organizations interested and/or working in the data for development space. We come together to break down barriers and silos, meet collaborators, share learnings, and advocate for data-driven policymaking. Ultimately our goal is to work together to increase the visibility of data as the lifeblood of sustainable development. 


To learn more about the Global Partnership network's activities, see our latest partner engagement report.


What are the benefits of becoming a registered partner? 

  • Information-sharing: First-hand knowledge about opportunities to participate in activities and events, such as working groups, training programs, and calls for proposals, amongst others.
  • Wayfinding: Understanding the actors, trends, and latest research and innovations stemming out of the data for development space.
  • Connecting and collaborating : Pitch ideas, find collaborators, ask for support, and share work and activities to a community of 500+ data practitioners from around the world.
  • Sectoral leadership: Receive invitations to join our Board and Technical Advisory Group, which are responsible for advising and guiding the work of the Global Partnership.
  • Visibility: Display the Global Partnership logo on your website and collateral, identifying your organization as a registered partner. Additionally, all registered partners are provided with a profile on our website with the ability to tag content to it, such as blogs and resources.

Should my organization join?

Rather than asking our partners for commitments or pledges––or providing a subscription-based membership––we only ask that registered partners are sufficiently invested, interested, or embedded in the data for development space.

We have found that active, engaged, and happy partners tend to be organizations who put to use the information they are continuously receiving and can put forth calls to action to the network. Partners who can contribute as an institution tend to benefit the most out of being registered partners as their mission and the Global Partnership’s are aligned and there are multiple entry points to find value. 

We recognize many of our registered partners are small organizations, with limited resources to engage in extracurricular activities. Additionally, we recognize not many have the capacity to operate globally. The strength of our network is in its diversity––we believe it is critical that the Global Partnership network showcases the array of realities faced by the organizations in the data for development space, connecting global, regional, and local debates and action. That’s why our process for becoming a partner is intentionally simple.

Finally, we ask that registered partners take part in the Global Partnership’s annual survey, which is an important tool for co-creating our objectives and collective impact.

How do I become a registered partner?

The process for becoming a registered partner is simple and free. It starts with sending an email to info@data4sdgs.org with the name of your organization and website. 

In a few sentences please also answer the following questions:

  1. Why do you want your organisation to become a registered partner?
  2. What do you plan to contribute to the Global Partnership network?
  3. Are you looking to solve a particular need (data, resources, training, partners, etc.)?

Once we receive your email, we will kickstart a four-part process that consists of the following:

  1. Reviewing the received information and conducting a due diligence process about the organization. 
  2. Scheduling an introductory call, whenever additional information is needed.
  3. Reviewing the collected information and making a decision based on the following criteria: mission alignment, relevance of the issues to the organization, diversity of geographic focus, and capacity to meaningfully engage and bring new perspectives. 
  4. Sending an email to communicate a decision and to collect additional information through a brief form for those we will welcome into the network.

We invest time and effort in this process because we strive to build a curated and active network of partners. Although we cannot welcome everyone into the network we are grateful for each email we receive. Please be patient as we are a small but mighty team and it might take us some time to get back to you.

In the meantime, please follow us via Twitter at @Data4SDGs and sign up to our newsletter and Around the World in Data.

Who are the registered partners? 

A live database of our registered partners can be accessed here. Explore the interactive map here to see where our partners are based and have impact.


What do partners say about the network?

“[The Global Partnership has] served as a basis for exchanges with allies at the regional level and communicating good practices, lags, information gaps, identifying opportunities for improvement. And, ultimately, to be better prepared when developing a workshop or exchange.”  –CSO partner, 2021 Partner Engagement Survey

“The Global Partnership helped us to connect with GRID3 and ESRI within the ArcGIS online data hub to support COVID-19 response.” –Government National Statistical Office (NSO) partner, 2021 Partner Survey

“I have learnt about so many new interesting programs and innovations around data that I would not have come to know of without the platform. The documentation on data sharing agreements was used by my team as a reference to support the Ministry [...] structure some of their own policy and templates on this.” –For-profit partner, 2021 Partner Survey


What Global Partnership-led opportunities are currently available?

The Global Partnership invites registered partners and relevant stakeholders to participate in its initiatives by providing access to resources, data, skills, and knowledge. We are currently looking for partners who can support:

Activities in-country

The Global Partnership works with providers of data, tools, and expertise to meet data  gaps in partner countries. We currently cover engagements with over 33 countries - see our country engagement strategy here

We are currently looking for organizations that can work on a partnership basis to support country partners on the themes of: data science skills; geospatial analysis; environment/climate management; and soft skills. 

 

 

Inclusive Data Charter

The Inclusive Data Charter advances the availability and use of inclusive and disaggregated data so that governments and organizations better understand, address, and monitor the needs of marginalized people and ensure no one is left behind. Launched in 2018, the IDC has quickly built momentum for inclusive data, garnering commitments from over 20 diverse Champions, and supporting them in accelerating and deepening progress.

We are looking for new Champions. We welcome any financial resources to support this project. 

 

The Data Values Project

The Data Values Project is a policy consultation and advocacy campaign aiming to unlock the value of data for all. Led by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data’s Technical Advisory Group, we are working with a network of hundreds of partners to tackle how governments, businesses and civil society are using data - to develop common positions and policies on data ethics, rights and governance issues.

We’re looking for partners who can share insights and coordinate outputs like blogs, reports, events and learning sessions. We welcome any financial resources to support this project. 


See our five-year report for our full breadth of activities. 


What policies does the Global Partnership adhere to? 

The Global Partnership and its activities are governed by:

  • Partnership Principles––The purpose of these guiding principles is to inform the development and implementation of appropriate and responsible data partnerships brokered by the Global Partnership between government entities, the private sector, development agencies, civil society, academia and others. 
  • Ethics and Integrity Framework––The purpose of this framework is to ensure that the Global Partnership network of partners, Secretariat, and governance bodies apply ethical considerations across all our collaborative work and network interactions. 
  • Privacy Policy ––We take seriously the privacy of the individuals who visit and interact with our website and our dedicated digital channels. This policy is meant to help our stakeholders understand the ways in which we collect their information through specific actions and circumstances, why we collect it, and how you can update, retrieve and request removal of your information. Please take time to review it.
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