Founding institutions and initial core members

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
MIT MediaLab
Overseas Development Institute

Additional core member

Flowminder Foundation

Core funding provided by

Rockefeller Foundation

Main project funding provided by

World Bank Group
Hewlett Foundation
World Bank Group

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Our Mission

Data-Pop Alliance is a global coalition on Big Data and development
created by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Media Lab, and Overseas Development Institute that brings together researchers, experts, practitioners, and activists to promote a people-centered Big Data revolution
through collaborative research, capacity building, and community engagement. As of February 2016, Flowminder Foundation has joined Data-Pop Alliance as its fourth Core Member.

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Big Data and Development Events

August  2016
  • Big Data for Peace and Justice Summer School: talk on The Data Revolution
    Starts: 5:00 am, August 15, 2016
    Ends: 6:30 am, August 15, 2016
    Location: Leiden, Universiteitsterrein, Netherlands
    Description: The Peace Informatics Lab is a project initiated and run by Leiden's Centre for Innovation in The Hague, in close collaboration with the Leiden Centre of Data Science. The Summer School will take place from August 15-19, and Data-Pop Alliance's Director Emmanuel Letouzé will deliver a talk on August 15 from 11-12:30.

    More information here:

Our Next Event

"Is Data literacy the next data science?" Keynote Talk at 5th Annual Big Data Innovation Summit
Starts: 11:00 am, September 8, 2016
Ends: 11:30 am, September 8, 2016
Location: Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
Description: Emmanuel Letouzé, Director and co-Founder of Data-Pop Alliance, has been invited to speak about Data Literacy at The Innovation Enterprise's Big Data Innovation Summit, which will take place on September 8-9 in Boston. The talk will highlight the importance of Data Literacy in leveraging and shaping the future of Big Data.

This is the fifth annual Big Data Innovation Summit. This year's main themes include Customer-Centric Applications of Analytics, Information Governance to Generate Value & Reduce Risk, Fostering a Data-Driven Culture, and Implementing a Data Analytics Strategy. See the full agenda here:


We work through research, training, and engagement activities and launched two new initiatives this fall.


Advancing knowledge and innovation with Big Data


We combine the unique strengths of our founding institutions and partners to analyze the applications and implications of Big Data and development. We develop thought pieces, empirical research papers, and



Building capacities and connections in Big Data


We develop curricula, trainings, and hands-on workshops with local communities, government and elected officials, data and social scientists, and journalists in order to enhance their willingness and ability to shape the Big Data revolution.



Crafting ethical and equitable systems for Big Data


We are involved in policy debates, partnerships, and grassroots advocacy efforts to promote a Big Data revolution that reflects core values of equity and empowerment, enabling people to navigate and transform their own environments.



Encouraging academic collaborations across Big Data themes


We design and support individuals around the world to work together in one of our five thematic areas, animated by our network of Research Affiliates, to produce and share ideas in areas they are most passionate about.



Developing strategies and activities in regional Big Data ecosystems


We convene global networks of key actors and activities into Regional Data Spaces that aim to foster synergies within and between regions in Big Data and development, catalyzing and coordinating efforts to promote a people-centered Big Data revolution.



Mentions of our projects and people.