Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is multi-stakeholder network of more than 150 data champions harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development. Its members represent the full range of data producers and users, including governments, companies, civil society groups, international organizations, academic institutions, foundations, statistics agencies and data communities. The Global Partnership serves as an invaluable convener, connector and catalyst, building trust and encouraging collaboration among stakeholders to fill critical data gaps and ensure data is accessible and usable to end extreme poverty, address climate change and pave a road to dignity for all by 2030.

Implementation methodologies

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Abia State, Nigeria, Accur8Africa, Africa Gathering, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), African Development Bank (ADB), African Development Fund, African Union Commission, Agora, AidData, Asian Development Bank, Barclays, Base of the Pyramid (BoP) HUB, Bretton Woods II, Brookings Institution, Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá (Bogota Chamber of Commerce), Canada (Government of), CARE International, Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Cepei, Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), CIVICUS, Colombia (Government of), Commission for Africa, Commonwealth of Independent States Interstate Statistical Committee (CIS STAT), Cornell Andes Project, Cornell Andes Project / The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Creative Associates International, CrowdMapIT, Data Act Lab, Data-Pop Alliance, Data2X, DataKind, DataLook, Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística (DANE), Development Gateway, Development Initiatives, DigitalGlobe, Esri, Eye on Earth, Facebook, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Ford Foundation, Foundation Center, France (Government of), Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance), GeoCensos, GeoPoll, Global Development Network, Global Health 2030 Innovation Task Force, Global Health Council, Global Integrity, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), Global Pulse, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Harvard Medical School, Hewlett Foundation, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, IBM, Ideagen, Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design (ISEEED), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS), International Budget Partnership (IBP), International Development Research Centre (IDRC/CRDI), International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), International Statistics Institute (ISI), Internews, IOD PARC Ltd, Italy (Government of), iVEDiX, KCA University, Kenya (Government of), Kenya Health Informatics Association (KeHIA), KPMG IDAS Institute, Kwantu, Mahiti Infotech Pvt Ltd, Mars Omega LLP, MasterCard, McKinsey & Company, Mexico (Government of), MHII Solutions, Morocco (Government of), National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) - Tanzania, Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), Nielsen, On Think Tanks, ONE Campaign, Open Data for Development Network, Open Data Institute (ODI), Open Data Watch, Open MENA, Orange Group, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Orodata Science, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Oxfam America, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), Pacific, Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21), Philippines (Government of), Plan International, Planet Labs, Population Reference Bureau, Premise, Project Everyone, Publish What You Fund, Real Impact Analytics, Restless Development, Right to Access Information Commission - Sierra Leone, Royal Statistical Society, Russian Association of Statisticians (RASt), SAP, SB Consulting (SBC4D), SDG Philanthropy Platform, SDGs Nigeria Action Group, Senegal (Government of), Socrata, Somos el Presente, Southern Voice, Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Tableau Foundation, Telefonica, The Ecological Sequestration Trust (TEST) Ecological Sequestration Fund, Transparency International, Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network, Ulula, United Kingdom (Government of), UNICEF, UNDP, UNECA, ESCAP, ECLAC, UNESCO, Institute for Statistics, United Nations Foundation, UNIDO, UNOPS, UNFPA, UNWOMEN, United States (Government of), Vizzuality, VOTO Mobile, Wingu, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), World Bank Group, World Council on City Data (WCCD), World Resources Institute, World Wide Web Foundation, Youth Association for Development (YAD) Pakistan
September 2016
Contribute data, including from new data sources, and other resources to fill gaps in the creation of national baselines for the goals
September 2016
Create dynamic visualizations with the best available data related to the goals, and make them accessible and actionable for citizens, policymakers and business leaders
September 2016
Set-up national multi-stakeholder data collaboratives to harness data revolution in all member countries focusing on building capacity to generate, share and use data at local level
September 2016
Convene local, regional, thematic and global data events to foster increased connectivity, collaboration and innovation
September 2016
Build support for principles to harness the data revolution for sustainable development, including the sharing and leveraging of privately held data
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 16
16.6 - Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
16.7 - Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
16.8 - Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance
16.a - Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime
Goal 17
17.6 - Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism
17.8 - Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology
17.9 - Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation
17.14 - Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development
17.15 - Respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development

Multi-stakeholder partnerships
17.16 - Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
17.17 - Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Data, monitoring and accountability
17.18 - By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts
17.19 - By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries
Resources devoted to implementation
Staff / Technical expertise
From participating organisations
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Location: Global, with HQ in New York, USA
Date of completion: 2030
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Jennifer Oldfield,

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