The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Monday, May 16 • 11:30 - 12:15
Open Geo-Data 4 SDGs: A Case Study from Rwanda FILLING

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In our increasingly interconnected world, the Sustainable Development Goals will be difficult to reach, if implementing agencies won't be able to access relevant data openly and share data they collect, to allow everyone to be informed on the progress made towards reaching these Goals: It is therefore no coincidence, the term Data Revolution gained momentum in conjunction with the SDGs.
Showcasing the National Land Use Planning Portal (NLUPP) from Rwanda, this presentation highlights the importance of opening up and shows how a map - or today its digital form, a Geographic Information System - is the natural place where data from many disciplines converges, supporting us on our way towards meeting the SDGs.
The NLUPP - launched in 2014 as the first portal of its kind on the continent of Africa - allows the Public, Researchers, NGO and Government officials to easily access land-use plans and other spatial data on the web: "Transparency and making data accessible for the public are important aspects of democracy," said the director of democracy and good governance at USAID in Rwanda at the launch. "Open data makes space for meaningful input from the public, civil society, and the private sector and gives those groups and policymakers access to data to inform civic discussion and policy."
Since its launch, continuously more data has been published to the NLUPP, making this portal a precursor of the Data Revolution for SDGs.

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Kaspar Kundert

Managing Director, Esri Rwanda Ltd.
Kaspar Kundert holds a Master Degree in Geography and IT from the University in Zurich, Switzerland. He worked as a GIS Specialist for UNEP in Nairobi, before spending 18 years in Switzerland, founding and then managing a GIS company. In 2010, Kaspar moved to Kigali, where he founded... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 11:30 - 12:15 EAT
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