United Nations Development Programme

For The United Nations Global Pulse Lab Kampala Program

Pulse Lab Kampala uses big data (as collected from cellphones, satellites, and social media) and data analytics to better understand and address development challenges. Pulse Lab partners with scholars from African and Western universities, as well as private sector data providers in its work. Pulse Lab’s priority focus is to bring the data innovations that emerge from these technical partnerships into practical use by government officials. Over time, Pulse Lab Kampala aims to help governments move beyond pilot data projects to more systematic use of big data for decision making. To this end, it works to strengthen the responsible data privacy and protection frameworks in the African region, catalyze the adoption of big data for official statistics, and strengthen an emerging African community of practice around public-good applications of privately held data.
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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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