Report by the Data-Pop Alliance (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Media Lab and Overseas Development Institute)
This report highlights the opportunities and challenges that Big Data presents to NSOs in the Latin American region in the context of the SDGs, identifying ongoing Big Data activities NSOs and nonNSO actors are currenrly undertaking and providing recommendations for NSOs in the region to play a role in evolution of official statistics and the SDGs in the regional Big Data ecosystem. More broadly it aims at answering the following questions:
- What is the current state of NSOs across Latin America?
- How have and can NSOs engage with Big Data toward official statistics and the SDGs?
- What kinds of new challenges do NSOs face in adopting Big Data?
- How can these innovations be aligned towards national and regional strategies? be aligned to national activities and strategies?
The rest of this paper is organized as follows. The first section of the paper describes the state of NSOs in Latin America, detailing their role in the context of the Post-2015 agenda, current challenges and conceptually the use of Big Data for official statistics and SDG measurement.
In the next section of the paper, we look at the universe of Big Data activities that regional NSOs are currently undertaking, as well as the activities of other actors across the broader ecosystem of Big Data and statistical systems in Latin America. This includes an overview of the on-going Big Data pilots and initiatives within and outside the statistical system.
In the last sections of the paper, we analyse specific challenges for further NSO adoption of Big Data, provide recommendations towards next steps for NSOs to engage with Big Data and lastly discuss a series of recommendations for a regional roadmap for NSOs and other actors towards further regional engagement with Big Data.