Ecuador

17.9

Population 2022 (Millions)

0.74

HDI Score
2021 (Max. 1)

70.4

SDG Score
2023
(Max. 100)

0.36

Gender Inequality
Index Score
(Max. 1)

N/A

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 northwestern South America, Ecuador has a varied geography that includes coastal lowlands, the towering Andes Mountains and even a portion of the Amazon Rainforest. The country has had a tumultuous political history, which has included authoritarian governments and swings in economic fortunes (related to petroleum) which have contributed to instability. The near total collapse of the economy at the turn of the century was an additional shock, and while Ecuador has made significant progress since then, it still continues to struggle with high levels of corruption, rampant un- and under-employment, and violence from drug related criminal activity.

Projects

Project Cycle Hacking Toolkit: Leveraging Non-Traditional Data Sources Along the GIZ Project Cycle

In partnership with the GIZ Data Lab, this project sought to create a Toolkit to guide GIZ in the use of nontraditional data sources throughout the project lifecycle. The tool was designed and developed from a thorough analysis of GIZ processes, with the goal of understanding how and where non-traditional sources of data could be leveraged in the formulation, design, implementation, and evaluation of their projects. The Toolkit, designed with a user-centered approach, was tested and tried during two workshops to support GIZ Ecuador’s “Ciudades Intermedia Sostenibles” II.

Support to the Inter-American Development Bank in the Identification of Technological and Big Data Tools for Current, Ongoing, and New IDB Projects

This project aimed to support the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in preparing for the IDB Andean Summit event held on November 29, 2018, in Quito, Ecuador. A study was generated that identified new Big Data tools being developed and/or used by academic institutions, international organizations, and the public or private sector that would concretely benefit current and future IDB projects. Based on DPA’s experience, the consultancy’s goal was to contribute to the IDB’s knowledge, identification, and capabilities regarding available technological tools that provided observable material improvements at different stages of current or future projects. The study focused on IDB projects in five countries in the region.