Q3 2021
Mobile Data for Development (MD4D) Handbook 
Co-creators/Partners: Data-Pop Alliance & Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL)
The MD4D Handbook is an online interactive resource whose objective is to provide free, easy-to-use, practical and actionable content and resources for anyone interested in developing an MD4D project. The Handbook guides users through the MD4D project cycle based on state-of-the-art experiences garnered over a decade by expert organizations and researchers. Check it out and share with others!
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Assessment of Impacts and Implications of COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa: Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, South Sudan and Togo - Report Series (5 publications)
Authors/Partners: UNDP Country Offices, Analysis for Economic Development (ADE) and Data-Pop Alliance
Last year we worked with UNDP Country Offices in Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, South Sudan, Togo to assess the macroeconomic, human development, governance and political impacts and implications of the crisis in these countries. The reports aim to provide evidence-based insights on the magnitude and nature of effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on households, communities and economies, and guide response and recovery programmes, as well as policies. Click below to read the five-report series.
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"Big Data For Good. Can Big Data Illustrate the Challenges Facing Syrian Refugees in Lebanon?"
Authors/Partners: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA), Lebanon Central Administration of Statistics (CAS), Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) and Data-Pop Alliance
Vast amounts of data (from traditional and non-tradicional sources) were examined in order to extract patterns and insights about the conditions and vulnerabilities of Syrian refugees and Lebanese host communities. This report provides data-based evidence of the situation, as well recommendations and solutions formulated accordingly. Check out the report by clicking below.
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Discussion pieces
"The CODE for Building Participatory and Ethical Data Projects" 
Authors: Ivette Yanez and Emmanuel Letouzé (in collaboration with The Data Values Project by GPSDD)
Read here

"Gender Data Series: An Interview With Our Data Scientists" 
Interviewees: Dr Nuria Oliver, Zinnya del Villar, Alina Sotolongo and Roa Al Feel
Read here

 "Un nuevo contrato social para la era del Big Data" (in Spanish)
Author: Mario Cajiao
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"Addressing the Unrealized Potential of MD4D" 
Author: Data-Pop Alliance and DIAL
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Check out our latest editions of LWL for articles, videos, research papers, platforms and other excellent resources on cross-cutting topics.

LWL #29 - Blockchain and its application to collective challenges
LWL #28 - Can data and AI be used as a weapon against corruption?
LWL #27 - The role of Big Data and AI in monitoring and evaluation (M&E)
LWL #26 - Open source licenses and accessibility for AI models
World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development Report 2021: Data Collection and Analysis
Partner: UNESCO
DPA is working alongside UNESCO to provide data-driven evidence illustrating global and regional trends in media freedom, media pluralism, media independence and safety of journalists, all examined through a gender-sensitive lens. The findings will be featured in the upcoming World Trends Report 2021.

Evaluation of the EU Cooperation with the United Nations
Partners: Analysis for Economic Decisions (ADE) and EU Directorate - General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG-NEAR)
This project evaluates the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the EU-UN cooperation (specifically between the European Commission and UN specialized agencies) in the delivery of humanitarian aid and development support to countries and partners between 2014 and 2020. 

Country Gender Equality Profile (CGEP) for Liberia
Partner: UN Women Liberia
This project leverages data to create a gender equality profile of Liberia through a comprehensive analysis of the situation of women and girls in this country. The analysis is based on indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while also considering other key gender frameworks to provide guidelines of how to tackle gender inequalities and discrimination. 

Assessing the Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture, Food Security, Livelihoods, and Food System in Liberia
Partner: FAO Liberia
FAO Liberia is collaborating with local government partners and DPA to collect and analyze data in order to design improved monitoring systems and effective short and long-term policy responses to minimize the negative impact of COVID-19 on domestic food systems and maximize potential contributions to the country’s achievement of the SDGs.

Mental Health and Gender Inequality in the MENA Region: An Analysis of Shock-Related Factors Within the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic 
Partners: Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Economic Research Forum (ERF)
COVID-19 is having differential socioeconomic impacts on men and women with potential consequences on diverging mental health effects. This following study aims to investigate the potential pathways through which COVID-19 socioeconomic, behavioral and policy changes are affecting gendered mental health inequalities in the MENA region.
Workshops and Webinars
Policy Workshops on "The Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19 and the Role of Disaster Risk Governance in Western Sahel and Lake Chad Basin"
Data-Pop Alliance,  ADE, UN System Organizations and National Governments
June 29, Burkina Faso  |  June 30 & July 30, Nigeria  |  July 12, Mali  |  July 16, Senegal
Directed by 17 individuals from DPA and ADE

Policy Workshop "Big Data for Public Policy and Decision Making in Lebanon and Jordan"
UN-ESCWA & Data-Pop Alliance  |  April 1, Lebanon
Directed by
Roaa Al Feel (Project & Data Science Manager)

Capacity-building Workshop "Análisis de Imágenes satelitales con Google Earth Engine" 

Data Days  |  March 26, Online - Mexico
Directed by Enrique Bonilla (Data Scientist & Product Manager) 

Webinar "Reporting and Registering Domestic Violence Against Women and Girls in Latin America" 
Data-Pop Alliance  |  March 1, Online - Brazil, Colombia, Mexico
Moderated by: Ivette Yañez (Project & Communications Manager)
Directed by Anna Spinardi (Program & Research Manager), Zinnya del Villar (Research Director, Data Science), Julie Ricard (Research Affiliate) and Sara Ortiz (Research & Content Officer)
IPDET Online Workshops. Read more
June 17, Online
Speaker: Zinnya del Villar. Lightening talk: "Digital Analytics for Monitoring and Evaluation"

RightsCon. Read more
June 9, Online
Speakers: Zinnya del Villar and Anna Spinardi. Panel: Violence against women and feminicide in LAC: responses through data & digital tools

High-Level Event 2021 Portugal.EU Read more
June 4, Online
Speaker: Emmanuel Letouzé (Director & Co-Founder). Workshop: "Data from and for Society"

UNDP Development Dialogues. Read more
June 3, Online
Speaker: Emmanuel Letouzé
(Director and Co-Founder). Panel: "Measure, Improve, Repeat: Data-driven innovations to tackle fragility"

Global Digital Development Forum. Read more
May 5, Online
Speaker: Emmanuel Letouzé. Presentation "
Introducing the MD4D Handbook"

WSIS Forum 2021. Read more
April 1, Online
Speaker: Emmanuel Letouzé. Pitch presentation with DIAL of our joint project: Mobile Data for Development Handbook

Global Digital Development SummitRead more
April 28, Online
Speaker: Emmanuel Letouzé. Presentation
"Introducing a Handbook for Mobile Data for Development"

Paris 21. Read more
March 31, Online
Speaker: Maria Antonia Bravo (Program & Research Manager). Presentation: "Data as a global public good – The way forward?"

Data Days. Read more
Software Guru | March 25 & 26, Online
Speaker: Zinnya del Villar. Presentation "La necesidad de una recopilación de datos de calidad en violencia de género"
Speaker: Roaa Al Feel. Presentation "Using Call Detail Records and Sentiment Analysis to Analyze the Development Challenges Faced by Syrian Refugees and Host Communities in Lebanon"

Technology in response to gender based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
United Nations University - International Institute for Global Health | March 25, Online
Speaker: Zinnya del Villar 

Relanzamiento Observatorio Mujeres Equidad y Género. Read more
Secretaría de la Mujer Bogotá | March 24, Online
Speaker: Zinnya del Villar

AI for the Planet. Read more
UNESCO, Startup Inside, Microsof| March 16, Online
Speaker: Emmanuel Letouzé. Opening keynote 
"A Data-Driven Approach to Fight Domestic Violence in Latin America"
Data for Change campaign, Paris 21.
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"Así es como el Big Data y la inteligencia artificial pueden ayudar a la sociedad" (Spanish)
Business Vogue Spain.
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Nuria Oliver, DPA's Chief Data Scientist, Wins the Technical Leadership Abie Award 
AnitaB. Read here
SDG Learncast. Listen here
This new podcast series is produced by our partner UN SDG:Learn.

"Building back better: The new data paradigm and how we can use it to build strong and inclusive societies" 
The Data Frontier podcast, episode with Emmanuel Letouzé.  Listen here

 New DPA Instagram Account!
Follow us for news, visual content and more. Click here
Natalie Grover*: Managing Director  (Mexico -  English, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin)
*Natalie rejoined DPA earlier this year. Previously, she held the Global Program Manager role.
Agustina Perez: Project & Research Officer  (Uruguay - Spanish, English, French)
Daniela Arregui Coka: Project & Research Officer  (Germany - Spanish, English, German)
Marie Helena Abou Jaoude: Project & Communications Officer (United States - Arabic, English, French)

Mariana Rozo: Project & Fundraising Officer  (Colombia - Spanish,  English, French)
Farah Mtimet: Research Assistant  (Tunisia - Arabic, French, English, Mandarin)

Hannah Godefa: Research & Administrative Intern  (Canada - English, French)
Elena MaffiolettiResearch & Content Intern  (Chile -  Spanish, English, French, Italian)
Luma Mariath:  Research & Content Intern  (Brazil - Portuguese, English, Spanish, French)

Bertille Kerouault: Research & Content Intern  (France - French, English, Spanish)
Mario Cajiao: Operations Intern  (France - Spanish, English, French)

To meet the rest of our team, visit this page.
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