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Data for inclusive, democratic, and feminist development: shaping the global research agenda

An ever-increasing amount of data is produced, collected, and mined every day. When data is used to inform more inclusive and democratic decision making, it has the potential to improve lives, transform economies, and help end poverty. At the same time, we have seen that data can be used in ways that entrench inequalities, infringe on individual rights, and undermine democracies. As the world grapples with these issues, this project will address critical knowledge gaps in efforts to build more accountable institutions to govern data and technology in democracies and catalyze greater strategic coordination among thought leaders from the Global South to mount a coherent effort to contribute to this global agenda.

The project will support a research hub to support three streams of activities. First, it will develop a global benchmark for the responsible use and governance of data and artificial intelligence through the Global Data Barometer and the Global Responsible Artificial Intelligence index and mobilize a network that will transform this research into practical advice for governments and other key stakeholders.

Second, it will conduct action research to strengthen data systems in the Global South. It will support up to 15 organizations in fragile democracies to explore: how to build trust that personal data will be protected in their societies; how private sector and civil society can help tap the value of data use and reuse for purposes such as political integrity and climate action; and how the benefits can reach those most in need, focusing particularly on women and girls.

Finally, the hub will help knowledge mobilization of voices from the South to shape the global data-for-development agenda, building capacity among governments, individuals, and organizations, and increasing cooperation among experts, donors, and institutions to drive the innovative use of data to address development challenges.

Project ID
Project Status
30 months
IDRC Officer
Fernando Perini
Total Funding
CA$ 2,432,100.00
Democratic and Inclusive Governance
Institution Country
South Africa
Research ICT Africa
Institution Country
South Africa
Human Sciences Research Council ZA
Institution Country
Project Leader
Silvana Fumega
Iniciativa Latinoamericana por los Datos Abiertos



Data for inclusive, democratic, and feminist development : shaping the global research agenda