Democratizing Data – How Open Data Drives Sustainable Development

This week, world leaders will adopt the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations. And it is no doubt that Open data – data that’s freely available online for anyone to use and republish for any purpose – is rapidly being applied as a tool for sustainable development.


Over the last decade, countries around the world have begun releasing more data about their operations in the interest of good government. Open data on spending, contracting, and operations has helped to improve transparency, accountability, and trust. In addition, beyond promoting transparency, open data can promote social good and drive economic growth, and can help countries both to achieve the SDGs and to monitor their progress.

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