Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

  • Overview

    Vision / description

    To reach the Sustainable Development Goals, we must confront a crisis at the heart of many of the world’s most pressing challenges — a crisis of poor data. Limitations in data production, quality, access and use are stunting the fight to overcome global challenges in every area — from health to gender equality, human rights to poverty, education to energy and beyond.

    But change is underway. Robust and powerful data ecosystems are emerging, bringing together official statistics, administrative data, big data — especially in the private sector — community- and citizen-generated data, earth observations data and more. And yet, the world has been slow to capitalize on this data revolution in part because it requires working across historic silos in unconventional and disruptive ways.

    The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (“Partnership”) was launched in September 2015 alongside the UN General Assembly to help stakeholders across countries and sectors fully harness the data revolution for sustainable development.

    Project objectives

    The Partnership is a network that convenes, connects and catalyzes action to address the problems of poor data use, access, quality and production. It aims to link and align action, capacities and resources across geographies, sectors and data communities.

    Specifically, the Partnership aims to:
    1) Ensure the prioritization of data on global, regional and national political agendas and build broad constituencies for data-driven action.
    2) Foster multi-stakeholder collaboration, innovation, knowledge sharing, capacity building, resource mobilization and alignment.
    3) Advance data access and interoperability mechanisms and standards.


    As an independent, open and multi-stakeholder network of more than 150 data champions, the Partnership represents a broad range of data producers and users, including governments, companies, civil society groups, international organizations (including UN entities), academic institutions, foundations, statistics agencies and data communities.

    Together, they work toward a world where data is used more effectively by:
    1) BUSINESSES to drive entrepreneurship, innovation and efficiency, and provide technological solutions.
    2) GOVERNMENTS for policy-making and service delivery, including better aligning budgets to needs.
    3) CITIZENS for making decisions that affect their lives and holding governments accountable for their commitments.

    Current progress

    The Partnership is exploring a marketplace approach to remove the barriers to producing, sharing and using data as well as connecting demand and supply for data products and services. The beta version of a digital component of this marketplace will be unveiled on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Sept. 21.

    The Partnership is supporting the development of multi-stakeholder, whole-of-government Data Roadmaps for Sustainable Development at national and sub-national levels by facilitating local workshops, providing resources and expertise, and facilitating connections to data experts. These country-led roadmaps diagnose data gaps and map out the steps to address them, with a particular emphasis on SDG achievement and priorities articulated in national plans.

    The Partnership’s Data4SDGs Toolbox provides resources to governments and other entities eager to advance Data Roadmaps for Sustainable Development. It is organized into modules that national and sub-national actors can draw on. The toolbox will be further refined and expanded over time based on user feedback.

    The Partnership is also helping to produce greater coherence in existing funding instruments, identify funding gaps and advocate these gaps be addressed. Its inaugural “State of Sustainable Development Data Funding” report, unveiled at UNGA 2016, maps investment opportunities.

    As a network rather than an operational entity, the Partnership expects to contribute to progress towards intended outcomes rather than being able to attribute progress to any one of its outputs or deliverables. It will employ a mixed-methods approach to monitoring and evaluation: Progress against the outputs, intermediate outcomes and goals will be tracked on an ongoing basis against a set of indicators, and supplemented by qualitative feedback from users, Partnership members and other stakeholders.

    Results, and lessons learned, will be communicated via the Partnership’s website, network of data champions, national Data Roadmaps workshops and other high-level gatherings and meetings around the world.

    Project URL

    Sustainable Development Goals

    16. Peace, justice and strong institutions; 17. Partnerships for the goals

    Partnership types of interest

    Advocacy of global issues; Business opportunities in low income communities/countries ; Project funding; Provision of goods; Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines development

    Regions / countries / territories

    Africa: 54 countries

    • Angola
    • Benin
    • Botswana
    • Burkina Faso
    • Burundi
    • Cameroon
    • Canary Islands
    • Cape Verde
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Comoros
    • Congo
    • Congo (Democratic Republic of the)
    • Cote d'Ivoire
    • Djibouti
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Eritrea
    • Ethiopia
    • Gabon
    • Gambia
    • Ghana
    • Guinea
    • Guinea-Bissau
    • Kenya
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • Madagascar
    • Malawi
    • Mali
    • Mauritania
    • Mauritius
    • Mayotte (France)
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • Niger
    • Nigeria
    • Reunion (France)
    • Rwanda
    • Saint Helena
    • Sao Tome and Principe
    • Senegal
    • Seychelles
    • Sierra Leone
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • South Sudan (Republic of)
    • Sudan
    • Swaziland
    • Togo
    • Uganda
    • United Republic of Tanzania
    • Western Sahara
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe

    Americas: 53 countries

    • Anguilla
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Argentina
    • Aruba
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Bermuda
    • Bolivia
    • Brazil
    • Canada
    • Cayman Islands
    • Chile
    • Colombia
    • Costa Rica
    • Cuba
    • Dominica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Easter Island (Chile)
    • Ecuador
    • El Salvador
    • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
    • French Guiana
    • Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
    • Greenland
    • Grenada
    • Guadeloupe (France)
    • Guatemala
    • Guyana
    • Haiti
    • Honduras
    • Jamaica
    • Martinique
    • Mexico
    • Montserrat
    • Netherlands Antilles
    • Nicaragua
    • Panama
    • Paraguay
    • Peru
    • Puerto Rico
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Saint Lucia
    • Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France)
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Suriname
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
    • United States
    • Uruguay
    • Venezuela
    • Virgin Islands (British)
    • Virgin Islands (United States)

    Asia: 40 countries

    • Afghanistan
    • Armenia
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bangladesh
    • Bhutan
    • Brunei Darussalam
    • Cambodia
    • China
    • China - Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)
    • China - Macau (Special Administrative Region)
    • China - Taiwan Province
    • Christmas Island
    • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
    • Cyprus
    • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
    • French Southern and Antarctic Lands
    • Georgia
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Japan
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Lao People's Democratic Republic
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Mongolia
    • Myanmar
    • Nepal
    • Pakistan
    • Philippines
    • Republic of Korea
    • Singapore
    • Sri Lanka
    • Tajikistan
    • Thailand
    • Timor Leste
    • Turkey
    • Turkmenistan
    • Uzbekistan
    • Vietnam

    Europe: 52 countries

    • Aland Islands (Finland)
    • Albania
    • Andorra
    • Austria
    • Azores
    • Belarus
    • Belgium
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Bulgaria
    • Channel Islands
    • Croatia
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Faeroe Islands
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Gibraltar
    • Greece
    • Holy See
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • Ireland
    • Isle of Man
    • Italy
    • Latvia
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Madeira (Portugal)
    • Malta
    • Monaco
    • Montenegro
    • Netherlands
    • Norway
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Republic of Moldova
    • Romania
    • Russian Federation
    • San Marino
    • Serbia
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Spain
    • Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (Norway)
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
    • Ukraine
    • United Kingdom

    Middle East: 19 countries

    • Algeria
    • Bahrain
    • Egypt
    • Iran
    • Iraq
    • Israel
    • Jordan
    • Kuwait
    • Lebanon
    • Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
    • Morocco
    • Oman
    • Qatar
    • Saudi Arabia
    • State of Palestine
    • Syrian Arab Republic
    • Tunisia
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Yemen

    Oceania: 26 countries

    • American Samoa
    • Australia
    • Cook Islands
    • Fiji
    • French Polynesia
    • Guam
    • Heard and McDonald Islands
    • Kiribati
    • Marshall Islands
    • Micronesia (Federated States of)
    • Nauru
    • New Caledonia
    • New Zealand
    • Niue
    • Norfolk Island
    • Northern Mariana Islands
    • Palau
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Pitcairn
    • Samoa
    • Solomon Islands
    • Tokelau
    • Tonga
    • Tuvalu
    • Vanuatu
    • Wallis and Futuna Islands

    Issue areas

    Anti-Corruption; Peace; Principle 10; Rule of Law


    Existing partners

    150+ members including UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, UN Global Pulse, Facebook, Esri, IBM, Orange, Telefonica, SAP, McKinsey, KPMG, Real Impact Analytics, Tableau, Vizzuality and more

    Preferred partner organisation(s)

    Academic; City; Company; NGO Global; NGO Local; Public Sector Organization; Small or Medium-sized Enterprise; Social Enterprise; UN Entity

    Collective Action
    • This initiative has a potential for scalability.
    • This initiative is seeking additional partners.
    • This initiative respects all dimensions of sustainable development.
    • This initiative is not submitted with commercial intent.