The challenges and problems faced by international development and humanitarian agencies have long been acknowledged as some of the most complex and uncertain in the world. Calls for a more responsible and flexible approach to development are coming from many different quarters. To address these calls and better understand how data can be used in the decision-making process, the Development Informatics team conducted research into real-time data for adaptive management uses and best practices.
Digital technology and data are revolutionizing international development programs. Donors, implementing partners, and host-country governments rely increasingly on data to maximize development impacts. These exciting changes have also brought new tensions. Increased openness and transparency have made information available to a wider audience than ever before. At the same time, data sharing has reignited debates around data ownership, privacy, and informed consent. In both developed and developing countries, high-profile privacy breaches have eroded public trust in governments and private companies to keep data secure.