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Project

Accelerating sustainable development through data partnerships with the private sector
 

Project ID
110248
Total Funding
CAD 749,500.00
IDRC Officer
Sidney Leclercq
Project Status
Active
Duration
24 months

Lead institution(s)

Project leader:
Philipp Schonrock
Colombia

Summary

Since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the calls for a data revolution for sustainable development that recognized that new institutions, new actors, new ideas and new partnerships are needed, including strong collaboration between public institutions and the privateRead more

Since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the calls for a data revolution for sustainable development that recognized that new institutions, new actors, new ideas and new partnerships are needed, including strong collaboration between public institutions and the private sector, private sector stakeholders have been asked to commit to being partners in SDG implementation.

A current initiative is examining the extent to which the private sector’s data-related contributions to public policy in the Global South are adding value. Halfway through the SDG implementation period and with much of the research in the first phase complete, the evidence demonstrates that there is a vast ecosystem of public-private data initiatives operating around the world. However, the extent of this public-private ecosystem and the impact it is (or is not) having on SDG progress is still hard to identify and measure. Likewise, the potential of public-private data initiatives in contributing to the SDGs remains largely untapped.

Building on the data, findings, lessons and stakeholder engagements from the first phase, the new project will leverage the current value and active potential of public-private data initiatives in local contexts in order to drive more effective approaches to achieving the SDGs. It will involve an evidence base consolidation track to have a deeper and more granular examination of the incentives for public-private data initiatives at the subnational level. It will also include a lessons learned and research track, especially around incentives, process and monitoring of public-private data initiative progress as well as the extrapolation of outputs on business models and recommendations for an enabling environment. Finally, it will develop an active facilitation and co-learning track through the communities of practice connected to the data action plan and a South-South cooperation peer exchange.