In many countries around the world, the government does not know the exact number of people who have access to clean water and sanitation or even where they live.  In order to invest in water and sanitation for these communities, we need foundational data. 

Every minute of the day, a child dies because of poor sanitation and dirty water, and the diseases that accompany them.  2.5 billion people do not have decent sanitation facilities.  In fact, more people have access to a mobile phone than they do a toilet.

Data can help governments target their resources more effectively through mapping where water pumps are not working or where there are people without access to clean water.

"Although we take it for granted, sanitation is a physical measure that has probably done more to increase human life span than any kind of drug or surgery."

Deepak Chopra

  

Initiatives

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SDG National Reporting Initiative

The SDG National Reporting Initiative was a two-year initiative to facilitate greater information-sharing on SDG reporting between international, regional, and local communities.
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Citizen-Generated Data Task Team

Looking for Partners | GPSDD Initiated
Working to produce recommendations on what types of CGD initiatives are best suited to different purposes; producing guidance on how to navigate and engage with different types of CGD initiatives; and providing a forum to share experiences, challenges, and learning related to CGD.
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Collaborative Data Innovation Fund

GPSDD Initiated
Supporting projects that work towards achieving the SDGs in low-income and lower middle-income countries.
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Data4SDGs Toolbox

Looking for Partners | GPSDD Initiated
The Data4SDGs Toolbox is a set of tools, methods, and resources to help countries create and implement holistic data roadmaps for sustainable development.
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Data Roadmaps

GPSDD Initiated
Data roadmaps support countries in developing and implementing multi-stakeholder data ecosystems for sustainable development.
  

News

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9:00 am March 21 - 1:00 pm March 23, 2018

Data for Development Festival

21-23 March 2018, Bristol, United Kingdom
March 20, 2017

Global Partnership Announces Funding for Earth Observation Data Projects

Within the selected projects for the first Innovation Fund, several are focused on the use of earth observations to improve SDG monitoring and environmental data.
January 30, 2017

Recap of the UN World Data Forum: Using OpenStreetMap for the Sustainable Development Goals

Rebecca Firth recapitulates her experience at the first United Nations World Data Forum and shares the work the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is doing with its partners towards achieving the SDGs.
June 13, 2016

Sierra Leone plugs into the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

What does Sierra Leone's road to harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development look like? A recent workshop co-organized by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data served as a chance to review recent milestones and chart the course ahead.
April 29, 2016

Colombia Welcomes the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data to discuss Data Roadmaps for Sustainable Development

Colombia welcomed the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data for a series of workshops and discussions on ways to harness the data revolution for sustainable development.