Dominican Republic

10.9

Population 2022 (Millions)

0.77

HDI Score
2021 (Max. 1)

72.1

SDG Score
2023
(Max. 100)

0.43

Gender Inequality
Index Score
(Max. 1)

55

Internet Inclusivity
Index 2022
(100 countries)

Sources: 1. World Bank (2022), 2, UNDP (2021), 3. Sustainable Development Report (2023), 4. UNDP (2021), 5. Economist Impact (2022)

Overview

Located in the West Indies, the Dominican Republic occupies the eastern half of Hispaniola Island (which it shares with Haiti). The country, which experienced significant economic growth in the 20th century, has been politically turbulent and frequently ruled by a series of dictatorships. In addition to political challenges, the DR is highly exposed to disaster-related shocks (especially from hurricanes), impacting sustainable economic growth and development.

Projects

Professional Training Program “Big Data for Measuring the Digital Economy”

In partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), DPA offered a series of workshops particularly focused on Big Data and the Digital Economy in the Latin American and the Caribbean region designed for development practitioners, policymakers, and researchers. Five editions were delivered in: Santiago de Chile (March 2016), São Paulo (September 2017) —in partnership with Cetic.br—, Mexico City (October 2017) —in collaboration with the National Digital Strategy (EDN) program and the MIT Sloan School of Management—, Santo Domingo (April 2019), and Bogotá (May 2019) —in partnership with DANE.

Strengthening of Technical Capacities and a Regional Exploratory Study of Big Data for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

This project, developed with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), aims to strengthen the technical capacities of government officials in LAC to leverage Big Data for sustainable development and official statistics. During the project’s first phase, the project sought to explain the panorama of Big Data and sustainable development in LAC, focusing on the applicability of sources to obtain statistical information related to issues such as poverty reduction, migration, and climate change. The training phase, based on the report stemming from the first phase, consists of 4 workshops (Big Data for Sustainable Development, Big Data and Poverty, Big Data and Health, Big Data and Security) to be held throughout 2022 and early 2023. These will focus on the applicability of non-traditional and traditional data sources and the applications of different data analysis tools such as satellite imagery, movement range maps and surveys to analyze and create projects to achieve the SDGs.