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The Data Tank Partners with Agence Française de Développement

The Data Tank is thrilled to announce a partnership with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to explore citizen engagement methods for data re-use to establish a social license in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC).

AFD is a French public development bank that is at the forefront of funding and supporting over 4,200 projects worldwide, dedicated to fostering a fairer and more sustainable future. Their commitment in contributing towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is evident through their projects in areas such as climate, biodiversity, urban development, education, health, and governance.

Peter Addo, Head of Emerging Tech Lab, AFD, said, “Data is essential to inform policy and decision-making. However, exploiting the available data raises legal and ethical concerns as to how it is re-used. Our partnership with The Data Tank will focus on social licenses as a mechanism to engage citizens around data re-use through direct democracy and collective intelligence – with a particular focus on developing countries.”

Together, we aim to produce a methodology for engaging citizens in determining the conditions for re-using data and provide valuable insights for policy makers and practitioners who want to improve the democratic process in this field. Our collaboration will explore important topics such as what is the significance of citizen engagement in data re-usewhat are the motivations and barriers faced by citizen in data re-use projects and what should future relationships look like between policymakers and citizens in this field.

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