Open Data for Development (OD4D) is a global network of leaders in the Open Data community, working together to develop open data solutions around the world.
Open Data is enabling governments, businesses, and entrepreneurs around the world to catalyse a revolution in diverse sectors such as health, education, and agriculture. Open data - data that is available online and free to be used, reused and redistributed by anyone – is becoming an important catalyst for social and economic change. Data-driven innovations can help make governments more transparent and effective, create business opportunities, deliver billions in economic efficiency and help solve pressing social problems.
Data is quickly becoming a key infrastructure in a networked world. However, there are still important challenges to be addressed for developing countries to fully benefit from the promises of open data. We need to unlock the supply of data in developing countries, build the standards that will enable collaboration, scale solutions and find innovative ways to build the required data skills that will enable the spread of data’s benefits around the world.
How we work
OD4D is hosted through the International Development Research Centre, and organizes work through the guidance of a Donors Committee and the consultation of a group of dedicated implementing partners who are experts in Open Data issues around the world.
The OD4D program currently has an active project portfolio worth CAD $8 million co-funded by the World Bank, Global Affairs Canada, and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), as well as the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) (though the INASSA program).