United Nations Development Programme

For The United Nations Global Pulse Lab Kampala Program

Pulse Lab Kampala is a lab of the UN Global Pulse network. Global Pulse is the United Nations Secretary-General’s cross-pillar hub for digital innovation and experimentation. Its mission is to work at the intersection of digital innovation and the human sciences to inform, inspire, and strengthen the ability of the U.N. family and those it serves to anticipate, respond, and adapt to the challenges of today and tomorrow. To achieve its mission, Global Pulse has established five distinct programs: Rebuilding Trust, Inclusion, Fair Digital Commons, Crisis Prevention and Response, and UN Transformation. With Hewlett’s support and Pulse Lab Kampala, through the UN Global Pulse program on a Fair Digital Commons, this grant seeks to advance Uganda’s inclusion in the global emerging digital economy while fostering safe access to data. More specifically, Pulse Lab Kampala will support the government of Uganda in developing a national data strategy that focuses on enabling data use and reuse, including the development and efficient use of digital public goods. This instrument would serve as an example for the countries in the region seeking to explore how to foster inclusive and thriving national digital economies while minimizing technology risks and harms of data use. (Strategy: Evidence-Informed Policymaking)
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for practical and resilient data systems in Uganda’s new cities  
The government of Uganda is planning to create 15 new cities from existing towns by the end of 2023. This will create new opportunities, but it will also put a strain on infrastructure and services. As a result, data and evidence use in decision making at this urban level, together with sound governance of that data and evidence, will be critical to these new cities' success. To prepare for this, three current Hewlett Foundation grantees based in Uganda — Sunbird AI, UN Global Pulse Lab Kampala, and ToroDev — will work together with the new city authorities in Fort Portal and Jinja to identify these cities' core data and evidence needs; train city officials on how to use data and evidence to make decisions; support the institutionalization of data use at the city level; and pilot new data and AI technologies to aid in decision making. This grant is for UN Global Pulse Lab Kampala's portion of the collaboration and plays an important role in ensuring a clear through line between the government of Uganda's national data strategy (which Pulse Lab Kampala is coordinating), and this emergent work at the local (urban) level.
for support of a Dialogue on Gender Equality and Taxation  
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality by helping countries develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, and institutional capabilities. Under its Gender Equality Strategy 2022-2025, UNDP aims to help shift the economic and social structures that generate and perpetuate discrimination including via gender responsive fiscal and economic policies. This grant will support UNDP to organize a Dialogue on Gender Equality and Taxation aiming to generate awareness and shared knowledge of gender issues in tax systems. (Strategy: International Women’s Economic Empowerment)

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