Pulse Lab workshop with UN, government, and private sector actors, shows how public-private cooperation can mobilize a data revolution for Uganda’s sustainable development
Kampala – Friday 18 September 2015 – Dorothy Kisaka, Deputy Head of the Delivery Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister and Advisor on Governance to The Prime Minister of Uganda officiated at a workshop hosted by Pulse Lab Kampala, a data innovation hub of the United Nations.
The workshop brought together over 50 participants from civil society, private sector, academia, government, the UN System and development partners to explore the question: "What can airtime purchase data tell us about vulnerability to poverty?"
In particular, the event aimed to foster dialogue between data scientists and policy-makers in order to gain practical feedback about the utility of such data and tools for planning sustainable development interventions, and for improving poverty mapping techniques in the future.
The agenda included remarks UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie, and Airtel Uganda CEO, Tom Gutjahr followed by an introduction to real-time data and data innovation by Pulse Lab Kampala Manager, and a live demonstration of a real-time monitor of telecoms data by Real Impact Analytics.
Welcoming participants to the workshop, the UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie said, “A data revolution is underway in Uganda. New technologies are leading to an exponential increase in the volume and types of data available, creating unprecedented possibilities for planning, measuring and achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. She also highlighted the strategic relevance of Pulse Lab Kampala to support the UN Uganda’s Delivering As One process by bringing forth new data sources and innovations that can support development work and humanitarian action.
Dr. Paula Hidalgo – Sanchis, Manager of Pulse Lab Kampala explained that the Lab provides a forum for enabling public-private sector partnerships, and thereby strengthening the means of implementation to achieve sustainable development.
At the workshop, Mr. Tom Gutjahr – MD Airtel Uganda said, “We must continue to innovate in order to serve the needs of the community through dialogue between the public and private sector”.
Dorothy Kisaka, Deputy Head of the Delivery Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister and Advisor on Governance to The Prime Minister of Uganda said, “We look forward to harnessing big data innovations to successfully achieve the goals that have been set forth under the National Development Plan (NDP II).”