This Week: State of the Data Revolution / Project Pulse in Senegal


A recent ODI paper focused on what ‘localizing’ might be applied in the post-2015 agenda. With the exception of a few broad considerations, the answer is rather cyclical. It depends on the local context. It’s an important phrase we’re all familiar with, but sometimes is left behind when we start talking about things like scalability. I think it also means involving local communities in feedback loops from the start.

One thing that is on many local community’s plates is building resilience against the oncoming effects of climate change in their community. Following up to the UNFCCC COP20 in December, is a landscape management framework called Managing for Resilience which states it is scalable because the framework relies on local context.

If you’re following along with progress on the Data Revolution, then you surely shouldn’t miss the three issue papers drafted to make the revolution a reality. The three papers focus on data innovationpublic-private partnerships for data, and data literacy and promotion of data use. They’ve welcomed feedback on the papers, so run on over to play your part.

Have a little bit of time on your hands? Not really, but love learning anyway? Lucky for you there are a few options that are quick and accessible from wherever you get Wi-Fi. Check out the Engineering for Change webinar series which starts this Wednesday. This week’s focus is on Harnessing Technology to Strengthen Communities’ Resilience to Adverse Climate Effects. Then after that, check out USAID’s course on How to Use Mobile Data Solutions for Better Development Outcomes.

If you’re eager to hear what President Obama has to say about current global issues during his State of the Union address tonight, you’re not alone. Surround yourself with like-minded peers at CGD’s State of the Union bingo and have a bit of fun while watching what you were going to watch anyway. 

Project Pulse Project-In-Focus

Today we are featuring the 12th Project in Focus of the Project Pulse series: The Rapid Response Cash Transfer Project. This project was initiated by the Government of Senegal in 2009 and funded by the World Bank to scale up activities that support child nutrition and to develop a targeted safety net program.  One component of this project involves the implementation of cash transfers to reduce the impact of food price hikes on vulnerable households.

"This Week" is written by Taryn Davis of Development Gateway; email her your tips for next week's update to get a shout-out in the post. Project Pulse profiles are written by Katie Paulson-Smith, Special Assistant to AidData's Co-Executive Director and based at the College of William & Mary.

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