The world is undergoing a data revolution–Satellites ply the sky, mapping our planet’s surface in real-time; mobile phones, crowdsourcing tools, and social media apps generate billions of data points every day. The potential for leveraging these data at massive scale for social good, and for public policy, is seemingly boundless, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where traditional data (like household survey data) is often expensive and hard to collect. However, data-driven research lags far behind potential, in part because of technical training and data infrastructure barriers, and in part because of justified concerns around bias, privacy, and trust.
CEGA is working to realize the potential of the “Data Science for Development (DS4D)” ecosystem by supporting social scientists, engineers, and data scientists to leverage new types of data and analytical approaches in addressing challenges related to poverty in LMICs. We do this by hosting annual conferences and workshops, supporting skills development, and compiling resources for interested researchers, policymakers and practitioners. We target novel approaches to measuring poverty and facilitating sustainable economic development — while also supporting research on the limitations and concerns surrounding this work.
CEGA has supported transformative research that leverages innovative data science approaches across a number of sectors:
CEGA is committed to driving the adoption of cutting-edge methods and data, and the development of relevant public resources, in addition to developing and testing new DS4D tools and approaches. We’re doing this through partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders, including global technology companies, telecommunications companies, satellite companies, and innovation-minded research and policy partners. If you are interested in partnering with CEGA to develop, test, or train stakeholders on new DS4D approaches, please contact Sam Fishman firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Geo4Dev initiative is a collaboration between CEGA, New Light Technologies Inc., and 3IE building a hub for rigorous academic research and training that exploits geospatial data for the targeting, design, and evaluation of social and economic development programs. The initiative drives the development of new analytical tools and methods for conducting geospatial analysis across diverse sectors related to poverty and development including agriculture and food security, urbanization, climate change, humanitarian crisis, and disaster relief. Visit the Geo4.dev website and explore our curated...
CEGA launched the Targeting Aid Better Initiative with faculty co-director Josh Blumenstock with the goal of facilitating the use of innovative approaches to improve the targeting of social protection programs in LMICs. This builds on Blumenstock’s work developing estimates of poverty in low resources settings using machine learning methods with cell phone and satellite data....
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