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Data for Development

VU International News and Reviews No. 100 October 30 2017

October 2017

The OECD has focused its 2017 Development Co-operation Report on Data for Development, because “Big Data” and “the Internet of Things” are more than buzzwords and the data revolution is a key opportunity to achieve the Sustainable Development: more and better data can help boost inclusive growth, fight inequalities and combat climate change.

The report argues that while the value of data in enabling development is uncontested, ongoing gaps in basic data and weak statistical capacity in developing countries continue to hamper reforms and successful policies.

The report sets out priority actions and good practices that will help policymakers and providers of development assistance to bridge the global data divide, notably by strengthening statistical systems in developing countries to produce better data for better policies and better lives.

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