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QUARTERLY
UPDATE
Q4 2020

While 2020 was a historically challenging year for most, 2021 provides an opportunity to finally start resetting and rewiring our systems to build a better and fairer world. We are convinced that data can and must help address structural imbalances, injustices and excesses laid bare by the pandemic. Below is a summary for our recent and ongoing efforts to contribute to "changing the world with data". We wish all of you and your families and friends Happy Holidays, hoping you will remain safe. We look forward to the work ahead in 2021.

DATATOONS
Check out more Datatoons here.
NEW PUBLICATIONS
Policy Paper
"Using Data To Fight COVID-19 - And Build Back Better"
Authors: Emmanuel Letouzé, Nuria Oliver, Maria Antonia Bravo, Natalie Shoup.
This publications summarizes key debates and questions about the use of digital technologies and data to fight the Coronavirus, thus reflecting on their usefulness, implications, limitations, risks and requirements. Building on the 2019 paper “Sharing is Caring: Four Key Requirements for Sustainable Private Data Sharing and Use for Public Good”, this new paper with the Vodafone Institute discusses the applications and implications of digital technologies and data to fight COVID-19 and 'build back better', fairer, more sustainable human systems.
Read more
Discussion pieces
"Using Data to Shed Light on the Shadow Pandemic of Domestic Violence in Mexico" 
Authors: Data-Pop Alliance and GIZ Data-Lab.
Read more
"Violence Against Women in Latin America: The Multiple Facets of a Pervasive Issue" 
Authors: Data-Pop Alliance and Unidas.
Read more
FEATURED PROJECTS
"Assessments of the impact and implications of COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa (Liberia, South Sudan, Togo, Equatorial Guinea and Ethiopia) and West Sahel", with UNDP Country Offices.
Since the start of the pandemic we have been working with UNDP Country Offices in Liberia, South Sudan, Togo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, and in seven more countries of the West Sahel region, to assess the macroeconomic human development, governance and political impacts and implications of the crisis in these countries. The analyses and activities developed are meant to provide evidence-based insights on the magnitude and nature of effects on households, communities and economies, and guide response and recovery, programmes and policies. Read more here and here.

"Strengthening Big Data technical capacities for sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean", with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

Together with AECID, we aim to strengthen the technical capacities of government officials in Latin America to leverage the use of data. We will develop professional workshops in Bolivia, Colombia, Uruguay and Guatemala, and a regional study focused in Bolivia, El Salvador, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. Read more here.

 
"Model to identify the municipal capacity of reporting violence against women and girls in México, Bogotá and São Paulo", with GIZ Data Lab and Unidas.
This project leverages administrative and non-traditional data to identify areas in Mexico, Bogotá and São Paulo where women and girls are at risk of underreporting incidents of domestic violence through an analysis of the key factors hindering or facilitating the capacity of women to report, before and during the pandemic. Read more here and here.

"Leveraging Big Data Sources for COVID-19 Response, Policy Evaluation and Analysis in Lebanon and Jordan", with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA).
This project developed in partnership with UN-ESCWA and the National Statistical Offices of Lebanon and Jordan, aims to help policymakers and other decision-makers leverage new data sources and techniques to mitigate and respond to stressors and shocks, such as pandemics and political tensions in a more agile and efficient manner. Read more here (Lebanon page). Read more here.

"AI and data governance policies", with GIZ Fair Forward
The GIZ FAIR Forward Artificial Intelligence initiative aims to promote and achieve a more open, inclusive and sustainable approach to AI at an international level. With partners in Uganda the initiative seeks to 1) strengthen local technical know-how on AI, 2) remove entry barriers to AI through training , and 3) develop policy frameworks ready for AI. Read more here.


"GIZ Data Sharing Toolbox", with GIZ Data Lab.
The goal is to create a data sharing model that can be implemented throughout GIZ as a whole. DPA has focused on building a tool that can be used both by project managers and leaders in the organization at any stage, thereby supporting the ideation, design, implementation and finalization of any given project. More information will be available soon.


"Mobile Data for Development (MD4D) Playbook", with the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL).
This playbook seeks to serve as a guide to understand and structure MD4D projects. DPA’s added value to the playbook revolves around leveraging use cases, lessons and expertise deployed in different contexts (e.g. DPA’s work with CDRs), and also takes into consideration the limitations that the COVID-19 pandemic may create for the operationalization of this data. More information will be available soon.


"Strategic evaluation of the World Food Programme's (WFP) use of technology in constrained environments", with Analysis for Economic Decisions (ADE) and WFP.
This evaluation, spanning 18 months, will look at the extent to which WFP has effectively and efficiently deployed the most appropriate ICTs and how, why and under which conditions the use of technologies has contributed to management and programme objectives. We will conduct six case studies in Jordan, Niger, Madagascar, South Sudan, Colombia (TBC) and Bangladesh. More information will be available soon.
EVENTS
Workshops and Webinars
Workshop "Leveraging Big Data Sources to Estimate Changes in the Population Dynamics Resulting from Impacts of the COVID-19 Epidemic in the Maldives"
UNFPA Maldives & Data-Pop Alliance December 16-17, Online
Directed by Nigora Isamiddinova (Program and Research Manager) & Zinnya del Villar (Data Science Research Director).


Webinar "Using Data to Fight COVID-19 - And Build Back Better". 
Vodafone Institute & Data-Pop Alliance December 10, Online
Presentation by Nuria Oliver (Chief Data Scientist) & Emmanuel Letouzé (Director and Co-Founder). Review by: Kenneth Cukier (The Economist). Learn more.


Workshop "Towards a Coalition to Boost Gender Equality With Data" at the Paris Peace Forum
Data-Pop Alliance & GIZ Data Lab | November 11, Online
Directed by Emmanuel Letouzé & Catherine Vogel.


Seminarios "Manejo de datos abiertos en movilidad urbana" & "Imágenes satelitales para el estudio de contaminación aérea"

GIZ Ecuador & Data-Pop Alliance October 30 & November 6, Online
Directed by Maria Antonia Bravo (Program and Research Manager), Enrique Bonilla (Data Scientist and Product Owner) & Guillermo Romero (Data Scientist).


Taller "Aprendizaje de máquinas en imágenes satelitales para el cálculo de un indicador ODS" 
INEI & Data-Pop Alliance 
Octobre 19-20, Online
Directed by Zinnya del Villar & Enrique Bonilla.


Webinar "Digitalisation in Sub-Saharan Africa: A strategic assessment of EU and other international actors"
MKS 
October 2, Online
Trainers: Emmanuel Letouzé & Maria Antonia Bravo.
Presentations
Regional Workshop on Poverty Measurement and Monitoring in the Era of Big Data. Read more.
UN ESCWA December 22-23, Online
Speakers: Emmanuel Letouzé (Director and Co-Founder), Zinnya del Villar (Data Science Research Director) & Roaa Al Feel (Data Scientist Officer). Presentation "Assessing the living conditions of refugee communities in Turkey and Lebanon through the lens of cell phone metadata: promise, challenges, and future directions".


Future Affairs Berlin 2020. Watch the video.
Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany December 14, Online
Speaker: 
Emmanuel Letouzé. Panel: "Data Protection and Digital Rights".

OECD virtual workshop: What role for science, technology and innovation in building resilience? Read more.
OECD | December 9, Online
Speaker: Emmanuel Letouzé. Panel: "What new policy tools support more agile and responsive STI policy?"


Demography and the Data Revolution: lessons learned and the way forward. Watch the video.
International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (UIESP) | November 24, Online
Speaker: Emmanuel Letouzé. 


Data 2025 v.2.0. Watch the video.
Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) & École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) | November 23, Online
Speaker: Emmanuel Letouzé. Closing session - High level panel.


Paris Peace Forum. Read more.
November 11-13, Online
Speakers: Catherine Vogel & Valentin Kruspel. Pitch presentation of our joint project on gender-based violence in Mexico.


Geneva Peace Week. Read more.
Geneva Peacebuilding Platform | November 3, Online
Speaker: Emmanuel Letouzé. Panel on the recently published paper “Data for Peacebuilding and Prevention”.


Seminario Internacional de Investigación sobre Calidad de la Educación. Read more.
Instituto Colombiano para la Evaluación de la Educación – ICFES | November 5 & 6,Online
Speaker: Zinnya del Villar. Panel "Innovación y transformación digital en educación: oportunidades y desafíos".


Technological and Science-based Solutions to the COVID-19 Challenge. Read more.
UN DESA October 29, Online
Speaker: 
Emmanuel Letouzé.

Big Data Govtech y los retos del desarrollo en México. Watch the video.
Oxfam Mexico, Open Society Foundations & British Embassy in Mexico | October 29, Online
Speakers: Emmanuel Letouzé, Berenice Fernandez (Researcher) & Guillermo Romero (Data Scientist).


CEDE Congress. Read more.

Spanish Confederation of Directors and Executives | October 21 - Valencia, Spain
Speaker: Nuria Oliver (Chief Data Scientist).


<A+> Algorithms 101 webinars. Read more.
<A+> Alliance & Women at the table October 20, Online
Speaker: Nuria Oliver. Panel "Feminist Data".

World Data Forum. Watch the video.
United Nations Statistical Commission October 19-21, Online
Speaker: Emmanuel Letouzé. Forum session: "How to make data memorable, engaging and inspiring, using humour, cartoons, and serious gameplay".
IN THE MEDIA
Super Data Science Podcast. Listen here.
Episode: Changing the World with Data
Guest: Emmanuel Letouzé.

 
Saturdays AI Podcast. Listen here (in Spanish).
Episode: Ética e Inteligencia Artificial
Guest: Zinnya del Villar.

Podcast Making Data Simple. Listen here.
Episode: Data analysis for pandemics
Guest: Emmanuel Letouzé.
"Will these 3 gender data trends outlast the pandemic?". Read article here.
Devex.

"El Big Data crea una oportunidad que no existía antes para la medición de metas e indicadores que son fundamentales para la humanidad". Read interview here (in Spanish).
Centro de Formación de Santa Cruz, AECID.
LINKS WE LIKE
Check out our latest editions of LWL for articles, videos, research papers, platforms and other excellent resources on cross-cutting topics.

LWL - Harnessing Big Data for Mobility and Migration
LWL - Gender, Violence and Data 

LWL - Elections, Democracy and Big Data
NEW TEAM MEMBERS
 
Marco Priego: Operations Director (Mexico - Spanish, English)
Marco has more than 15 years of experience working in the non-profit, private and public sectors, where he has built his career leading strategies for the development of public policies in urban mobility.
 
Enrique Bonilla: Data Scientist and Product Owner (Mexico - Spanish, English)
Enrique has experience working in multiple Machine Learning and Statistics related areas, such as Data Cleaning, Research and Development, Satellite Image Analysis, and Data Engineering. 

Alina Sotolongo, PhD: Data Scientist and Training Specialist (Mexico - Spanish, English)
Alina's work experience includes being a Data Scientist at the Cuban National Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology, and working as assistant researcher at the Havana University.
 
Anna SpinardiProject Manager and Researcher (Brazil - Portuguese, English, Spanish)
Anna has previously worked as advisor to the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations in New York. She has focused her work on gender inequality and gender-based violence.
 
Ariana CarballidoFundraising and Communications Officer (France - Spanish, English, French)
Ariana has collaborated in various local and international organizations in Mexico, the UK, and France. A recent graduate of Science Po Paris, she has coordinated projects focused on corruption, digitalization and GovTech. 

Ramón Michá: Project Coordinator (Equatorial Guinea - Spanish, French, English)

He previously worked for the FAO and currently teaches at the National Equatorial Guinea University. In DPA, Ramón coordinates and supports the research on the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19.

Angela Paola Caile: Graphic and Web Design (Colombia - Spanish, English)
Paola brings a strong background in branding, editorial design, web design, UX design and Digital Marketing. In Data-Pop Alliance, she is part of the Communications team.

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