Investing in Data Saves Lives

Investing in Data Saves Lives

“… models are only as good as the data on which they rely. And, to prepare for the next crisis, the world needs to obtain and share better data.

… significant data challenges, regarding both gaps and quality, limit the viability and accuracy of such models for the world’s most vulnerable countries.

Globally, we are still missing about 50% of the data needed to respond effectively in countries experiencing humanitarian emergencies.

Governments, humanitarian organizations, and regional development banks thus need to invest in data collection, data-sharing infrastructure, and the people who manage these processes.

Likewise, these stakeholders must become more adept at responsibly sharing their data through open data platforms and that maintain rigorous interoperability standards.”


Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
Raj Shah,  President of The Rockefeller Foundation

Source:  Project Syndicate



Investing in Data Saves Lives, but not only in developing countries!