From 13 to 15 November 2017, Data Pop Alliance and the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) will roll out the 4th edition of the ‘Leveraging Big Data for Sustainable Development’ course. The training will be held at the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Dakar, Senegal, and will delivered in French to meet training needs of UN colleagues and development practitioners in the region.

Since its endorsement in 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has called for unrelenting national commitments to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With new kinds of data available, Big Data offers a real opportunity to deliver alternative measures of poverty and sustainable development. Using Big Data analytics can help reduce vulnerability, boost resilience, and address long-pressing as well as emerging development needs much more rapidly. It is no wonder that the 2030 Agenda recognises the need for the world to embrace and engage in 'the data revolution’.

Building on the success of the previous editions of the course, participants joining the course will work on the linkages between Big Data and Sustainable Development as well as knowledge and skills required to select, create, use and interpret data statistics, with a focus on public policy making and implementation.

For more information, please have a look at the results from the evaluations of the last course in Nairobi in June 2017 and watch what other colleagues from the course have to say about the training experience with Data-Pop Alliance and the United Nations System Staff College.

Join us in Dakar, Senegal, in November 2017 to learn more about how to Leverage Big Data for Sustainable Development!

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