A global alliance working to advance new strategies on the use of data to address development challenges around the world
D4D.net is a global research alliance that works to strengthen collaboration across a broad network of stakeholders by developing and mobilising the knowledge needed to advance the ethical use of data to address critical development challenges across the Global South.
The global D4D agenda is moving into a new phase. Advances in the broad field of data science can lead to an increase in the abilities of organizations across all sectors. AI in particular, powered by data, is spurring new innovations and transformative social change, both positive and negative.
It starts with a simple premise - The responsible use of data can help us to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), understand the impact of the COVID crisis, or identify key priority areas for development programming to be addressed in the future. However, we need to know more, share what we know, and be willing to work together for the public good.
Undertake an accelerated research agenda to address critical gaps in the evidence needed to support local, national, and global decision-making related to data for development strategies.
Share knowledge on the innovative use of data in priority development areas, such as gender equality, health, climate change, education, food security, and much much more.
Shape the Agenda
Support Southern-based organizations in shaping a global response to development challenges by bringing “use of data” lessons, capacity building, and community collaboration to the forefront.
D4D.net was launched in 2021 as an initiative of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)(Opens in a new tab) and is hosted at Research ICT Africa(Opens in a new tab) and ILDA(Opens in a new tab). It builds on the activities of network partners across the Global South interested in strengthening collaboration on open data, responsible AI, big data, privacy rights, intellectual property, cybersecurity, online surveillance, CRVS, and more.
The resources available on the site represent a collective effort to address the global knowledge gap around the responsible use of data to address development challenges and advance democracy, while simultaneously addressing ethical and social concerns related to the misuse of data.
In this initial phase, the objectives of the D4D.net are to:
Who we are
D4D.net Core Team
Dr Rachel Adams is Principal Investigator of the Global Index on Responsible AI. She is principal researcher at Research ICT Africa, where she directs the AI4D Africa Just AI Project and the AI4D African Observatory on Responsible AI. Rachel is an Associate Fellow of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, Editor of the South African Journal on Human Rights, and a member of the UNESCO Expert Group on the Implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation on AI in Ethics.
Mariana holds a Degree in International Relations and is currently a student of the Licentiate Degree on International Politics, both from the National University of Costa Rica. She has worked on topics of social inclusion, access to human rights, intersectionality, and development, having been introduced to the links between development and open data during her past work at ILDA.
Fiona is a communications researcher and consultant with a Masters in Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Her primary interest is in research and policy development related to the use of data for the public good.
Cat is a communications consultant and community catalyst. She has led successful fundraising, partnerships and communications campaigns in the development sector since 2012. She was introduced to the use of open data in governance, while managing communications for the British High Commission, Singapore in 2019. Deeply committed to data openness and communities, she is a founding member of Permapeople.
Muchiri’s work for D4D.net focuses on empowering policy actors by strengthening collaboration and dialogue around the critical issues affecting the use of data to improve development outcomes. Muchiri also serves as the Executive Director at the Local Development Research Institute.
Ana Sofia Ruiz Schmidt
Ana Sofia has a Degree in Psychology from the University of Costa Rica and a master’s degree in sustainable development from the University of Girona, Spain. She has worked at the Omar Dengo Foundation, Hivos, and ILDA on projects related to the use of data and technology for social change and development in Latin America.
Fabrizio has worked with governments and civil society at international and regional level on transparency, open data projects and public sector reform. He holds a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is also the Executive Director of ILDA and co-founded Abrelatam and Condatos.
Stephen B. Walker
Stephen is the Director of the Data for Development Research Hub and has led several international initiatives to advance the use of data for development. Prior to his work with D4D.net, he also led open government and data activities for the Government of Canada, led a range of Open Data for Development (OD4D) initiatives, was senior editor of the State of Open Data, and also managed the International Open Data Conference (IODC).
Global Index on Responsible AI Team
D4D Network Organizations
The D4D Research Hub works with regional organisations across the global South to advance research and the development of innovative policies and practices around responsible use of data to address critical development challenges both globally and locally.
Members of the D4D Network
Caribbean Open Institute - COI
COI promotes open development approaches to inclusion, participation, and innovation within the Caribbean using data as the catalyst.
Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law - CIPIT
CIPIT seeks to study, create, and share knowledge on the development of intellectual property and information technology, especially as they contribute to African Law and Human Rights.
Centro Latam Digital
Centro Latam generates knowledge, strengthens technical capacities, and promotes dialogue on access to and adoption of information and communication technologies for development in Latin America.
CAFDO works to strengthen the use of open data in Francophone Africa to improve policies and citizen engagement, and to drive innovation.
Data for Development Asia Hub
D4DAsia works to improve the availability and impact of open data in Southeast Asia through research and strategic coordination of regional collaboration initiatives.
Derechos Digitales’ objective is the development, defence, and promotion of human rights in the digital environment.
ILDA promotes inclusive development, public and social innovation, and open knowledge through the use of data and the participation of the communities across Latin America.
Learning Initiatives on Reforms for Network Economies Asia - LIRNEAsia
LIRNEAsia seeks to catalyse policies in the Asia Pacific region that improve people’s lives by facilitating their use of knowledge, information, and technology.
Local Development Research Institute - LDRI
LDRI seeks to influence public policy in favour of strengthening human capital development and mobilising domestic financing for better development outcomes.
Middle East and North Africa Data Network - MENAdata
MENAdata aims to aims to strengthen research and advocacy around the use of data to address long-lasting development challenge.
Research ICT Africa - RIA
RIA works to accelerate economic inclusion and social justice in Africa by undertaking rigorous research to inform digital policy and data governance.
Cepei is a nonprofit, non-governmental think-tank from the Global South working for two decades to influence sustainable development decision-making through research and data.