In July of 2016, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, announced a new multi-million dollar funding initiative to support collaborative data innovations for sustainable development. The University of Tokyo and Colombo-based LIRNEasia are among the winners in the pilot round of this initiative. Their proposal, entitled “Dynamic Census,” aims to improve the existing census approach by deriving insights from mobile operators’ call detail records (CDR). It will supplement population and housing census data by adding dynamic aspects of population distribution to changes in population distribution over time, at high frequency. More details.
The Global Partnership, working in close collaboration with the World Bank’s Development Data Group, is promoting ten projects in data production, dissemination and use, primarily in low¬-income and lower¬-middle-¬income countries. The Sri Lanka project may contribute to the government’s Vision 2030 process wherein a group of experts headed by Professor Mohan Munasinghe has been mandated to formulate a National Sustainable Development Vision for the country leading up to 2030 by adopting, as appropriate, United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.