Open data is data available online that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone. Open data is becoming a major driver for social change, innovation and development. When used effectively, this data has the potential to transform societies - contributing to increased transparency and accountability in governments, more innovative economies and public service delivery, and improved participation and engagement from citizens leading to more inclusive and sustainable development.
Open Data for Development (OD4D) is a global partnership to advance the creation of locally-driven and sustainable open data ecosystems around the world. OD4D uses an ecosystem approach to build the local supply of quality open data, and improve its use by leaders and innovators in government, civil society, the media and business. As a global data collaborative, OD4D is scaling open data approaches that work, improving transparency and accountability, service delivery, and the well-being of the poorest and most marginalized.