UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda speaks of sustainable development and the role of data innovation

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Ms. Rosa Malango arrived in Uganda in March 2016 as the new UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.

Ms. Malango strongly believes in innovation as a driver of change and is actively involved in the activities of  Pulse Lab Kampala. Just one month after taking office, Ms. Malango officially welcomed participants to a  Two Way Talk: How radio content can support the monitoring and achievement of the Global Goals’ session in April. The radio content analysis tool is an application she thinks holds great potential for early warning and preparedness.

Ms. Malango is an advocate of sustainable and equitable development for all and believes that innovative solutions can greatly contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Uganda.

“As United Nations, we are ready to innovate”

Uganda has what it takes to become the innovation lab for Africa. Pulse Lab Kampala can greatly contribute to an innovation mindset aimed at enhancing well-being for all Ugandan citizens. It also provides an opportunity for Uganda to become a host to young data innovators from around the world, willing to generate solutions to development challenges.

“We can make the SDGs a reality in Uganda using innovation”

Data can play a critical role in supporting informed decision-making and accountability.  New sources of data, like those derived from mobile phones, online media or satellites, provide a unique opportunity to develop data innovation projects and tools to support local communities.

“The Pulse Lab can serve as a catalyst for Delivering As One”

Pulse Lab Kampala, through the development of applications that can track programme implementation in real time, directly contributes to the UN ‘Delivering as One’ initiative and helps reinforce a growing culture of transparency and accountability. Data innovation can help the UN translate the SDGs into local efforts to improve the quality of life of all regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, religion or area of residence.

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