Pulse Lab Jakarta


Pulse Lab Jakarta is a joint data innovation facility of the United Nations (Global Pulse) and the Government of Indonesia (via the Ministry of National Development Planning, Bappenas). The Lab employs a mixed-method approach, through which it harnesses alternative data sources and advanced data analytics methods to obtain actionable insights and applies human-centered design to ground-truth insights from its data analysis and research, providing evidence to inform policy makers.

Research and Policy Impact

In consultation with the Government of Indonesia and the United Nations Country Team, PLJ identifies various national development priorities for applied research. The projects are multidisciplinary with an emphasis on creating innovative pathways towards inclusive growth and sustainable development.

Using datasets drawn from mobile communications, remote sensing, and social media, among others, the Lab has generated insights for policy and practice on topics ranging from fuel subsidies to natural disasters. Across our research projects, many of which are delivered alongside partners from the UN and government, the Lab relies on the expertise of its team of data scientists, data engineers, statisticians, policy specialists and ethnographers.

Become A Pulse Lab Partner

Pulse Lab Jakarta is keen on forming partnerships with companies and organisations within the region and beyond to collaborate on research. Partnerships may be established by:

  • Becoming a data philanthropy partner and share your data for analysis.
  • Becoming a research partner and work on a project with PLJ.
  • Becoming a technology partner and build prototypes and/or test new tools.
  • Presenting a big data analysis tool or method at a training session or workshop.
  • Sponsoring a fellow to join the Pulse Lab and work on data visualisation, data analysis, GIS mapping, and/or software development.
  • Providing funding, or in-kind, support for PLJ’s work.

If your organisation is interested in collaborating with Pulse Lab Jakarta, please contact the team at plj@un.or.id

Read the Latest Annual Report from the Lab

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Pulse Lab Jakarta Annual Report 2021

The shift in 2021 towards greater impact in our work extends beyond an end-of-year timeline. Transitioning from mostly prototyping data innovations to a focus on systems thinking design, our collaborations with key stakeholders and partners served to highlight various shortcomings in existing systems and identify underlying issues for improved integration and sustainability.

Read the Latest UN Global Pulse Annual Report

UN Global Pulse Annual Report 2020

UN Global PulseAnnual Report2020 Download Annual Report Download the full report as a pdf file UN Global Pulse is the UN Secretary-General’s initiative on digital innovation. We are funded entirely through voluntary contributions from UN Member States, foundations and private sector entities. Our role, much as the innovation landscape, is fluid which means we continuously reposition

News, thoughts and ideas about big data and AI, data privacy and ethics from the lab in Jakarta. Read posts from the whole network on the blog.

Below you can find our eight latest examples of our collaborative research, prototypes and experiments, where we analyse digital data to advance global development, support humanitarian action, and promote peace. For more, go to the research projects page.

Below you can find the newest digital tools and microsites from Pulse Lab Jakarta. For more, go to the microsites & tools page.

The Jakarta Team

Aaron Situmorang

Research Coordinator

Alfian Maulana Latief

Multimedia Associate

Angga Gumilar

Project Assistant

Anissa Zahara

Data Engineer

Atik Widyastuti

Admin & HR Associate

Desi Vicianna

Government Partnership Coordinator

Faizal Thamrin

Humanitarian Data Advisor

Femmy Soemantri

Partnerships and Advocacy Lead

Lia Purnamasari

Design Researcher

Muhammad Rheza Muztahid

Full Stack Engineer

Muhammad Robbi Nugraha

Web Application Engineer

Rajius Idzalika

Data Scientist

Rio Susanto

Office Assistant

Rizqi Ashfina

Analyst - Social Systems

Swastika Exodian

Multimedia Associate

Verena Riyaningsih

Operation Associate

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