Overview and Outlook 2020-2022

Last year exposed and exacerbated pre-existing fault lines that had been previously ignored or minimised by those who claimed that 2019 was “the best year in history” only weeks before the pandemic shredded this illusion. Data exposed systemic inequities and structural imbalances when it showed that COVID-19 could severely affect many—even while infecting few—in the poorest regions because of its impact on trade, tourism, international aid, and more. Years and perhaps decades of slow progress on major indicators—including extreme poverty and gender equality—were reversed, and negative trends accelerated, including environmental degradation, social polarisation, and income concentration.

The next few years offer a historical window of opportunity to join forces towards systemic change against redressable injustices and imbalances laid bare by the COVID-19 crisis—as well as other contemporary movements such as Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and pro-democracy struggles around the globe—using some of the most powerful tools available to us, such as AI, blockchain, platforms, and, of course, at their heart, data. However, calls for “building back better” have become commonplace, often coming from traditional places of power, which may be inspired by The Leopard’s famous dictum: “Se vogliamo che tutto rimanga com’è bisogna che tutto cambi” (usually translated as “Everything must change so that everything can stay the same”).

When we look back on our contribution a year or a decade from today, we aim to have made a meaningful contribution to the world we hope to see, which can be traced by exploring the projects featured in our “Overview and Outlook 2020 – 2022” report.



Partner Organization(s)

Data-Pop Alliance



Project Report

Stratégie Nationale des Données du Sénégal – Résumé

En 2023, DPA a fourni un soutien technique à l’élaboration de la

Project Report

Community-Based Social Protection Mechanisms in Africa’s Borderlands – Liberia and Sierra Leone Case Study

The report on “Community-based social protection mechanisms in Africa’s borderlands – Liberia

Book Chapter

Book Chapter “AI for SDGs—and Beyond? Towards a Human AI Culture for Development and Democracy”

Artificial intelligence (AI) can contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Annual Report

Overview and Outlook 2022-2024

10 YEARS IN REVIEW: A LETTER FROM OUR DIRECTOR Finding appropriate metrics

Project Report

Review of Technology-Based Interventions to Address Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation

The need to end child marriage and FGM with innovative and impactful