Data for Development Network

Working to advance the ethical and responsible use of data to address critical development challenges both globally and locally

Current Highlights

    About D4D.net

    Responsibility | Inclusiveness | Innovation | Impact

    D4D.net is a global research cooperative that works to strengthen collaboration across a broad network of stakeholders by developing and mobilizing the knowledge needed to advance the ethical use of data to address critical development challenges across the Global South.

  • Research

    Global and regional research, reviews, data collection, position papers, and analysis.

  • Knowledge Mobilization

    Policies, guidance, best practices, use-cases, tools, and scalable solutions.

  • Capacity Building

    Development of data-science skills, knowledge, and infrastructure.

  • Convening the Community

    Events, conferences, and roundtables to explore emerging issues within a global agenda.

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