After using this resource and completing this activity, learners will be able to: • Evaluate critically the role of data in monitoring sustainable development • Understand the importance of citizen-generated data initiatives Identify how citizen-generated data can contribute to change in the development context.
Please read the report ‘Citizen Generated Data and Sustainable Development: Evidence from case studies in Kenya and Uganda’ and answer the quiz below.
Development Initiatives (DI) is an independent international development organisation that focuses on the role of data in driving poverty eradication and sustainable development. Development Initiatives (DI) and Development Research and Training (DRT) have been collaborating in policy research and improving access to and use of information on poverty and humanitarian issues, data analysis, institutional and partner capacity building and joint programmes targeting extreme and chronic poverty. Their recent one-year study draws on evidence from two case studies in Kenya and Uganda. The study explores the use of citizen-generated data in improving decision-makers’ responsiveness and how use of the data can be improved within the information ecosystem which has changed significantly over recent years.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has created considerable attention on the role of data in driving and monitoring sustainable development. There is a need for stronger evidence on how citizen-generated data initiatives contribute to change in the development context. Nonetheless, official actors, civil society organisations and the private sector are working towards harnessing existing and new data sources to support decision-making and accountability for sustainable development.