Oxfam Novib Datalab
Datalab is an innovation project of Oxfam Novib aimed to bring together creative people and technical solutions to spark (big) data-driven innovations for sustainable development.
The project is about creating data-driven services within the international Oxfam network. We challenge ourselves to treat data differently. We no longer just collect and use data with the aim to improve Oxfam programs and that of partner organizations, but to use and provide this data in such a way that it directly benefits citizens and contributes to their social and economic development. In other words, citizens are no longer primarily the source of the collected information but now become also the receivers and users of data and services.
We start with developing and testing 3 prototypes of new data-driven services together with Oxfam in Vietnam, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The first services we are developing support citizens with household cashflow management, disaster risk management and advanced seed selection within the context of climate change. We strive to connect own data with external data sources.
Datalab has developed a set of methods and instruments for prototyping in a short, focused period. In 2017, we will build the first prototypes with experts, partners and local stakeholders.
We are building a network of local IT developers in the countries we work and connect them to (Dutch) partners, data experts and developers to grow a local and worldwide network of creative people inspired to use innovative technical data solutions for development.
Project name: Oxfam Datalab
Project period: 2017
Target group: Citizens
Location: Vietnam, Uganda, Zimbabwe
DataLab Team, Sytske Groenewald