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West Java COVID-19 Risk Assessment Map
Data 4 Mobility Experiment in Bangkok, Thailand
MIND: A Short Summary
Indonesia Financial Access Map (English Ver.)
The 2018 International Seminar on Digital Diplomacy
Cyclone Monitoring CycloMon
VAMPIRE - Tracking the Impact of Climate Anomalies
Lab on Wheels: Urban and Regional Dynamics (Gadjah Mada University)
MIND Launch Event
West Java COVID-19 Risk Assessment Map
Data 4 Mobility Experiment in Bangkok, Thailand
MIND: A Short Summary
Indonesia Financial Access Map (English Ver.)
The 2018 International Seminar on Digital Diplomacy
Cyclone Monitoring CycloMon
VAMPIRE - Tracking the Impact of Climate Anomalies
Lab on Wheels: Urban and Regional Dynamics (Gadjah Mada University)
MIND Launch Event
Haze Gazer Demo

In In this edition of Datavores, we traverse through the application of IoT (Internet of Things), specifically in systems to allow communities to monitor and take action towards air quality, through to analytics…

In In this edition of Datavores, we traverse through the application of IoT…

Datavores: 2021 Second Quarter Edition In In this edition of Datavores, we traverse through the application of IoT (Internet of Things), specifically in systems to allow communities to monitor and take action towards air quality, through to analytics of state-owned enterprise data and the application of behavioural science in identifying barriers to adoption of technology by women necessity business owners, and how our reflection on the interconnectivity of our work has led us to think about the "inter-net of development", by looking at development as an ecosystem.

The year 2020 was many things. UN Global Pulse (UNGP), along with the rest of the world found itself in an entirely predictable (and predicted) context. It was a year of asymmetries and competing logics. Offices,…

The year 2020 was many things. UN Global Pulse (UNGP), along with the rest…

UN Global Pulse Annual Report 2020 The year 2020 was many things. UN Global Pulse (UNGP), along with the rest of the world found itself in an entirely predictable (and predicted) context. It was a year of asymmetries and competing logics. Offices, rather than being spaces for work, for creativity, and togetherness, became spaces of threat, of risk. Work and personal lives blurred, with our homes becoming makeshift offices and meeting rooms instead of intimate personal spaces. Reading a room became watching people through a virtual background and the constant fight with the unmute button.

2020has really tested PLJ’s capacity to work cohesively as a team. New ways of working and undertaking projects have had to be configured, and six new team members filling in vacant positions hit the ground…

2020has really tested PLJ’s capacity to work cohesively as a team. New…

PLJ Annual Report 2020 2020has really tested PLJ’s capacity to work cohesively as a team. New ways of working and undertaking projects have had to be configured, and six new team members filling in vacant positions hit the ground running and are fully engaged in the work of the Lab without ever having met other members of the team beyond virtual interactions!

2020has really tested PLJ’s capacity to work cohesively as a team. New ways of working and undertaking projects have had to be configured, and six new team members filling in vacant positions hit the ground…

2020has really tested PLJ’s capacity to work cohesively as a team. New…

Datavores: 2021 First Quarter Edition 2020has really tested PLJ’s capacity to work cohesively as a team. New ways of working and undertaking projects have had to be configured, and six new team members filling in vacant positions hit the ground running and are fully engaged in the work of the Lab without ever having met other members of the team beyond virtual interactions!

Women own or run nearly half of all micro and small businesses (MSBs) in Indonesia, which employ more than 90% of the Indonesian workforce. Despite this fact, there is a dearth of analysis dedicated to understanding…

Women own or run nearly half of all micro and small businesses (MSBs) in Indonesia,…

Datavores: 2020 Fourth Quarter Edition Women own or run nearly half of all micro and small businesses (MSBs) in Indonesia, which employ more than 90% of the Indonesian workforce. Despite this fact, there is a dearth of analysis dedicated to understanding the gendered impact and coping mechanisms of MSBs during the COVID-19 crisis, as physical distancing measures have led to declining incomes. Pulse Lab Jakarta recently collaborated with UN Women, Gojek Indonesia, and the Indonesian National Council for Financial Inclusion for a mixed-methods research to understand the extent to which COVID-19 has affected women entrepreneurs and women-owned MSBs in Indonesia, with a focus on those in the food and beverage sector.

With the support of the COVID-19 MPTF, the policy research report, “Leveraging digitalization to cope with COVID-19: An Indonesia case study on women-owned micro and small businesses” demonstrates the…

With the support of the COVID-19 MPTF, the policy research report, “Leveraging…

Leveraging Digitalization to Cope with COVID-19 With the support of the COVID-19 MPTF, the policy research report, “Leveraging digitalization to cope with COVID-19: An Indonesia case study on women-owned micro and small businesses” demonstrates the use of data innovation, combining big data analysis with traditional quantitative and qualitative research to assess the impact of COVID-19 on micro- and small businesses. These businesses are the main livelihood of millions of Indonesians and significantly contribute to the Indonesia economy.

This empirical study estimates resilience (adaptive capacity) around the periods of the 2013 heavy flood in Cambodia. We use nearly 1.2 million microfinance institution (MFI) customer data and implement the unsupervised…

This empirical study estimates resilience (adaptive capacity) around the periods…

Who is more ready to get back in shape? This empirical study estimates resilience (adaptive capacity) around the periods of the 2013 heavy flood in Cambodia. We use nearly 1.2 million microfinance institution (MFI) customer data and implement the unsupervised learning method. Our results highlight the opportunity to develop resilience by having a better understanding of which areas are likely to be more or less resilient based on the characteristics of the MFI customers, and the individual choices or situations that support stronger adaptiveness. We also discuss the limitation of this approach.

Robust estimates of human exposure to inhaled air pollutants are necessary for a realistic appraisal of the risks these pollutants pose, and for the design and implementation of strategies to control and limit…

Robust estimates of human exposure to inhaled air pollutants are necessary…

Inferring High Spatiotemporal Air Quality Index – A Study in Bangkok Robust estimates of human exposure to inhaled air pollutants are necessary for a realistic appraisal of the risks these pollutants pose, and for the design and implementation of strategies to control and limit those risks. However, these tasks are challenging in Bangkok due to few number of official air quality sensors and huge city administrative areas. This research couples data from government official air quality sensors with multiple data sources from ride-hailing, satellite measurement, transportation, official statistics, and meteorological information to infers daily air quality index in three months sample of high, normal, and low seasons for whole Bangkok city at 1km x 1km spatial resolution. The best model shows 0.6 r2 performance using a Land Use Regression (LUR) approach. 

Big data sources provide a significant opportunity for governments and development stakeholders to “sense” and identify in near real time, economic impacts of shocks on populations at high spatial and…

Big data sources provide a significant opportunity for governments and development…

Assessing the Use of Transaction and Location Based Insights Derived from Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) as Near Real time “Sensing” Systems of Economic Shocks Big data sources provide a significant opportunity for governments and development stakeholders to “sense” and identify in near real time, economic impacts of shocks on populations at high spatial and temporal resolutions. In this study, we assess the potential of transaction and location based measures obtained from automatic teller machine (ATM) terminals, belonging to a major private sector bank in Indonesia, to “sense” in near real time, the impacts of shocks across income groups.

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way we do our research. With the encouragement of physical distancing and limitation of travels, we are required to shift into doing research remotely.

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way we do our research. With the…

What We Talked About When We Talked About Remote Qualitative Research The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way we do our research. With the encouragement of physical distancing and limitation of travels, we are required to shift into doing research remotely.

In undertaking this process, it became immediately apparent the need for more effective country-wide collaboration and a stronger...

In undertaking this process, it became immediately apparent the need for more…

Country-wide Publicly Reported COVID-19 Data In undertaking this process, it became immediately apparent the need for more effective country-wide collaboration and a stronger...

Now nearing the end of September 2020, Indonesia has reported almost 275,000 COVID-19 cases since the first confirmed case in early March. Just in terms of the number of detected cases, it is second highest in…

Now nearing the end of September 2020, Indonesia has reported almost 275,000…

Datavores: 2020 Third Quarter Edition Now nearing the end of September 2020, Indonesia has reported almost 275,000 COVID-19 cases since the first confirmed case in early March. Just in terms of the number of detected cases, it is second highest in South-East Asia, after the Philippines. With cases yet again on the rise, parts of Indonesia have brought back the soft-lockdown more commonly known as PSBB, an acronym for Pembatasan Sosial Berskala Besar (Large Scale Social Restrictions).

West Java is one of the provinces that had been implementing PSBB originally given its large number of cases, as well as its close proximity to the epicentre in the capital city of Jakarta. With a view to developing…

West Java is one of the provinces that had been implementing PSBB originally…

West Java COVID-19 Interactive Map West Java is one of the provinces that had been implementing PSBB originally given its large number of cases, as well as its close proximity to the epicentre in the capital city of Jakarta. With a view to developing a more localised, targeted and dynamic approach towards imposing and lifting PSBB, our team joined forced with the West Java government and Bappenas to develop a set of insights. This would support the West Java government’s decision making in opening up pockets of areas to economic and social activity whenever the conditions merited it.

Making innovation work in practice, such as use of alternative data, requires key actors and decision makers to be informed and able to discern what is possible (and what is not!). The onset of a crisis and…

Making innovation work in practice, such as use of alternative data, requires…

Datavores: 2020 Second Quarter Edition Making innovation work in practice, such as use of alternative data, requires key actors and decision makers to be informed and able to discern what is possible (and what is not!). The onset of a crisis and the spike in demand for big data solutions highlights what needs to be in place.

Public and private organizations working in agriculture development, depend largely on field surveys to identify plot-level management and household-level social, economic, and demographic drivers that determine…

Public and private organizations working in agriculture development, depend…

Identifying Potential Positive Deviants (PDs) Across Rice Producing Areas in Indonesia - Technical Report Public and private organizations working in agriculture development, depend largely on field surveys to identify plot-level management and household-level social, economic, and demographic drivers that determine agricultural productivity. In developing countries, where smallholder agriculture predominates, new and efficient ways of data collection are needed to measure agricultural performance. Current data collection methods fail to capture the complexity of production systems and the varied nature of households that manage these systems, across both spatial and temporal dimensions.  

Recognising the need to adapt our approach, UN Global Pulse embarked in 2019 on an internal exercise to understand how to continue to deliver optimal value for the organizations and communities we serve.

Recognising the need to adapt our approach, UN Global Pulse embarked in 2019…

UN Global Pulse Annual Report 2019 Recognising the need to adapt our approach, UN Global Pulse embarked in 2019 on an internal exercise to understand how to continue to deliver optimal value for the organizations and communities we serve.

This report highlights how PLJ has transitioned within the dynamic operational context it operates. From a Lab having to self-initiate projects and convince actors in a variety of development ecosystems of the…

This report highlights how PLJ has transitioned within the dynamic operational…

PLJ Annual Report 2019 This report highlights how PLJ has transitioned within the dynamic operational context it operates. From a Lab having to self-initiate projects and convince actors in a variety of development ecosystems of the value of data innovation through experiential evidence, PLJ is now having to carefully manage the overwhelming demand to share our accumulated knowledge, experience and networks.

Remember our After Dark research? Our recommendations have been taken up by Gojek to design safe zones for its women passengers. Its Senior Vice President for Transport Marketing tells us how Gojek came across…

Remember our After Dark research? Our recommendations have been taken up by…

Datavores: 2020 First Quarter Edition Remember our After Dark research? Our recommendations have been taken up by Gojek to design safe zones for its women passengers. Its Senior Vice President for Transport Marketing tells us how Gojek came across the research and translated the recommendations into action. 

By 2050, it is expected that nearly 70% percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. In Southeast Asia, this phenomenon created mega urbans, such as Jabodetabek, Bangkok Metropolitan Region…

By 2050, it is expected that nearly 70% percent of the world’s population…

Data Innovation Metropolitan Sustainable Transportation By 2050, it is expected that nearly 70% percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. In Southeast Asia, this phenomenon created mega urbans, such as Jabodetabek, Bangkok Metropolitan Region and Metro Manila. These cities are facing many transboundary challenges from water supply, wastewater to transport and environmental protection. Without adequate transport infrastructure, cities suffer the growing congestion on the road and there is a significant economic cost to this. Transportation planning has been using data-driven analysis and modelling analysis to support policy decisions in this issue.

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), UN Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ) and the Secretariat of the Indonesian National Council for Financial Inclusion (S-DNKI), formed a partnership in 2018 to apply human-centred design…

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), UN Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ) and the Secretariat…

#JustSaveIt - Encouraging Usage of Agent-Based Bank Accounts to Improve Financial Inclusion The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), UN Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ) and the Secretariat of the Indonesian National Council for Financial Inclusion (S-DNKI), formed a partnership in 2018 to apply human-centred design and behavioural insights to develop and trial innovative approaches to improve financial inclusion. This report summarises the findings of our project, the #TabunginAja campaign.

Perempuan sering bermigrasi ke kota-kota tersebut demi peluang kerja yang lebih baik. Meski banyak yang akhirnya mendapatkan pekerjaan di area bisnis di pusat kota, tempat tinggal mereka umumnya terletak di pinggiran…

Perempuan sering bermigrasi ke kota-kota tersebut demi peluang kerja yang lebih…

Setelah Gelap - Menciptakan Transit yang Aman untuk Perempuan yang Bepergian di Malam Hari Perempuan sering bermigrasi ke kota-kota tersebut demi peluang kerja yang lebih baik. Meski banyak yang akhirnya mendapatkan pekerjaan di area bisnis di pusat kota, tempat tinggal mereka umumnya terletak di pinggiran kota di mana biaya hidup lebih terjangkau. Dengan mengakui bahwa perempuan semestinya berhak hidup di kota dan mengakses sumber dayanya secara aman, agar mampu mewujudkan potensi mereka sepenuhnya, riset ini dilakukan untuk memperoleh wawasan tentang semua aspek pengalaman perjalanan perempuan dari langkah pertama sampai terakhir dan setiap perhentian di antara keduanya.

As PLJ enters its second phase, a key question for us is whether this means business as usual or it is an important juncture to reflect and gauge the strategic value of our work. We embarked on a portfolio…

As PLJ enters its second phase, a key question for us is whether this means…

2019 December Edition As PLJ enters its second phase, a key question for us is whether this means business as usual or it is an important juncture to reflect and gauge the strategic value of our work. We embarked on a portfolio sensemaking retreat to initiate this dialogue and these are the change agendas we came away with. 

Through a shared value partnership with mobile telecom Digicel, Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ) over the past few years has investigated how pseudonymised mobile network data from subscribers in the Pacific region can…

Through a shared value partnership with mobile telecom Digicel, Pulse Lab Jakarta…

Population Displacement Platform Through a shared value partnership with mobile telecom Digicel, Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ) over the past few years has investigated how pseudonymised mobile network data from subscribers in the Pacific region can be used to support evidence-based decision making. From modelling population displacement to understanding changes in citizens behaviour after natural disasters, the research has yielded actionable insights for policymakers and a wealth of experiential knowledge. So much so that when a massive earthquake struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia in September 2018, our team was well placed to apply our learnings from the research to better understand the impact on local communities.

As the world’s population continues to increase, governments have been stepping up efforts to ensure that citizens have access to safe and adequate food supply. The Sustainable Development Goals are also…

As the world’s population continues to increase, governments have been…

Food Security in Indonesia Real-time Food Price Monitoring in West Nusa Tenggara Using Innovative Crowdsourcing Approaches: A Pilot Project As the world’s population continues to increase, governments have been stepping up efforts to ensure that citizens have access to safe and adequate food supply. The Sustainable Development Goals are also undergirded in the ambition to end hunger, which is crucial to sustain humanity. Favoured with fertile soils, abundant natural resources and a conducive climate, Indonesia has for years been a key player in the agriculture sector, helping to meet food consumption demands domestically and in the region. The agriculture sector is also a key economic driver and provides employment to millions of smallholder farmers. Collaborating with the Directorate of Cooperatives and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), Pulse Lab Jakarta developed an interactive visualisation and analysis dashboard that uses the latest agriculture census data to identify smallholder farmers, with respect to the commodities they produce and the size of their landholdings to generate insights that can inform policies relevant to SMEs in the agriculture sector.

Pulse Lab Jakarta is collaborating with Bank Indonesia’s Macroprudential Policy Department for an upcoming research dive for development that focuses on household vulnerability. Understanding household financial…

Pulse Lab Jakarta is collaborating with Bank Indonesia’s Macroprudential…

Technical Report Research Dive 9: Household Vulnerability Pulse Lab Jakarta is collaborating with Bank Indonesia’s Macroprudential Policy Department for an upcoming research dive for development that focuses on household vulnerability. Understanding household financial vulnerability is important for financial system stability, because households are deeply interconnected with financial institutions and non-financial corporations. In its macroprudential policy-making, Bank Indonesia needs to measure household financial vulnerability to mitigate systemic risks, improve intermediary functions, and increase financial system efficiency. Bank Indonesia intends to explore how big data can be used to measure household financial vulnerability alongside its banking indicators and survey results.

While exposure to poverty is a threat to a household’s financial stability, multiple factors determine the measure of a household’s vulnerability. In partnership with Bank Indonesia,…

While exposure to poverty is a threat to a household’s financial…

2019 September Edition While exposure to poverty is a threat to a household’s financial stability, multiple factors determine the measure of a household’s vulnerability. In partnership with Bank Indonesia, PLJ convened researchers to explore how non-traditional data can help us to better understand the dynamics. 

The key question remaining is how SDG localization can be practically, efficiently and effectively implemented. The key barrier to effective localization is often found in weak institutions and systems of governance…

The key question remaining is how SDG localization can be practically, efficiently…

SDG Localization in Asean: Experiences in Shaping Policy and Implementation Pathways The key question remaining is how SDG localization can be practically, efficiently and effectively implemented. The key barrier to effective localization is often found in weak institutions and systems of governance – and while countries face different governance constraints at different stages of their development, the importance of responsive, inclusive and accountable governance systems cannot be understated for SDG localization. In particular, the successful localization of the SDGs requires certain “core enablers” or institutional backing to create the conditions necessary for meaningful development. 

In Indonesia, roughly a third of the land is used for agricultural purposes and the sector contributes significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product. Consisting largely of smallholder farmers (defined…

In Indonesia, roughly a third of the land is used for agricultural purposes…

Mapping Smallholder Farmers in Indonesia to Inform Agriculture Policies In Indonesia, roughly a third of the land is used for agricultural purposes and the sector contributes significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product. Consisting largely of smallholder farmers (defined as having landholding less than two hectares) and large plantations, millions of Indonesians depend on this sector to earn their everyday livelihoods. Smallholder farmers, who typically come from agriculture-dependent households, are also part of the segment of SMEs in Indonesia. Information nonetheless regarding SMEs (in the case of smallholder family farmers) that contribute to the agriculture sector remains limited.

Agriculture has been and is today still the mainstay and backbone of several developing countries' economy. However climate variability and economic shocks have increased uncertainty in incomes. Our visiting scientist…

Agriculture has been and is today still the mainstay and backbone of several…

2019 July Edition Agriculture has been and is today still the mainstay and backbone of several developing countries' economy. However climate variability and economic shocks have increased uncertainty in incomes. Our visiting scientist shares why non-conventional data sources are needed to improve every step of the process from production to consumption. 

At the recent UN Global Working Group on Big Data's regional workshop on the use of mobile phone data for official statistics in Jakarta, we hosted participants from ten national statistical offices in the…

At the recent UN Global Working Group on Big Data's regional workshop…

2019 June Edition At the recent UN Global Working Group on Big Data's regional workshop on the use of mobile phone data for official statistics in Jakarta, we hosted participants from ten national statistical offices in the region. These are the 10 key benefits of using data source that were outlined.

To navigate advancing urban cities, women often have to develop their own safety mechanisms, because smart cities do not always mean safe cities. We teamed up with UN Women to examine how women navigate public…

To navigate advancing urban cities, women often have to develop their own safety…

2019 May Edition To navigate advancing urban cities, women often have to develop their own safety mechanisms, because smart cities do not always mean safe cities. We teamed up with UN Women to examine how women navigate public transportation in the evening time. These are our learnings.

Pulse Lab Jakarta recently launched its latest research prototype—an automated, open source platform that integrates multiple non-traditional data sets to aid logistics planning and information management…

Pulse Lab Jakarta recently launched its latest research prototype—an…

Managing Information for Natural Disasters Pulse Lab Jakarta recently launched its latest research prototype—an automated, open source platform that integrates multiple non-traditional data sets to aid logistics planning and information management following natural disasters.

After Dark: Encouraging Safe Transit for Women Travelling at Night was a research project conducted by Pulse Lab Jakarta in collaboration with The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of…

After Dark: Encouraging Safe Transit for Women Travelling at Night was a research…

Pulse Stories: After Dark Report After Dark: Encouraging Safe Transit for Women Travelling at Night was a research project conducted by Pulse Lab Jakarta in collaboration with The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in Indonesia, with the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

To complement the Indonesian Government’s data governance initiative known as Satu Data, Pulse Lab Jakarta alongside the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) developed a data visualisation…

To complement the Indonesian Government’s data governance initiative…

DatakuID To complement the Indonesian Government’s data governance initiative known as Satu Data, Pulse Lab Jakarta alongside the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) developed a data visualisation tool to provide government officials with an at-a-glance, data informed view on particular development topics.

The Lab is pleased to be taking on a new role as the Regional Data Partner for Grab-UN research. Here's a look at the analysis we've done so far using Grab's ride-hailing transportation data to understand…

The Lab is pleased to be taking on a new role as the Regional Data Partner…

2019 April Edition The Lab is pleased to be taking on a new role as the Regional Data Partner for Grab-UN research. Here's a look at the analysis we've done so far using Grab's ride-hailing transportation data to understand traffic patterns in Greater Jakarta and some other research in the pipeline.

Committing to data innovation projects is not just about being legally compliant, being ethically sound is also non-negotiable. In a recent data innovation clinic at the lab, participants came full…

Committing to data innovation projects is not just about being legally…

2019 March Edition Committing to data innovation projects is not just about being legally compliant, being ethically sound is also non-negotiable. In a recent data innovation clinic at the lab, participants came full circle for a discussion on ethics and to debate why it’s an important part of data innovation.

Pulse Lab Jakarta partnered with the Secretariat for National Council for Financial Inclusion (SNKI) to design an interactive geospatial mapping tool with the aim of charting the various financial services points…

Pulse Lab Jakarta partnered with the Secretariat for National Council for Financial…

Indonesia Financial Access Map Pulse Lab Jakarta partnered with the Secretariat for National Council for Financial Inclusion (SNKI) to design an interactive geospatial mapping tool with the aim of charting the various financial services points across the country’s archipelago.

The UN Global Pulse's Annual Report 2018 summarises exploratory research conducted by the Pulse Labs and presents solutions that were mainstreamed with partners.

The UN Global Pulse's Annual Report 2018 summarises exploratory research conducted…

UN Global Pulse’s Annual Report 2018 The UN Global Pulse's Annual Report 2018 summarises exploratory research conducted by the Pulse Labs and presents solutions that were mainstreamed with partners.

Ahead of International Women’s Day, we kicked off a campaign called #OneWordOfAdvice to celebrate the achievements of women in innovation and highlight their journeys and lessons they’ve learnt along…

Ahead of International Women’s Day, we kicked off a campaign called #OneWordOfAdvice…

2019 February Edition Ahead of International Women’s Day, we kicked off a campaign called #OneWordOfAdvice to celebrate the achievements of women in innovation and highlight their journeys and lessons they’ve learnt along the way. These are four diverse stories from women at the Lab.

From inclusive economic growth research to prototyping disaster response tools, our projects in 2018 took us to communities across Indonesia and the Pacific Islands. Here in all its glory, this report…

From inclusive economic growth research to prototyping disaster response tools,…

PLJ Annual Report 2018 From inclusive economic growth research to prototyping disaster response tools, our projects in 2018 took us to communities across Indonesia and the Pacific Islands. Here in all its glory, this report highlights how we applied advanced data analytics and human centered design. 

DisasterMon is a disaster monitoring big data tool, which the Lab has been developing to provide insights on cyclones, earthquakes, hurricanes and floods in Indonesia and countries in the Pacific region.…

DisasterMon is a disaster monitoring big data tool, which the Lab…

2019 January Edition DisasterMon is a disaster monitoring big data tool, which the Lab has been developing to provide insights on cyclones, earthquakes, hurricanes and floods in Indonesia and countries in the Pacific region. Set to launch for testing with end users in a few weeks, these are its main features.

Banyak pedagang kaki lima, pemilik warung, dan ribuan pengusaha mikro di seluruh Indonesia kesulitan menjangkau layanan keuangan yang dapat membantu memenuhi kebutuhan mereka. Padahal, 99 persen dari seluruh usaha…

Banyak pedagang kaki lima, pemilik warung, dan ribuan pengusaha mikro di seluruh…

Menggali Potensi Teknologi Finansial: Inklusi Keuangan untuk Usaha Mikro di Indonesia Banyak pedagang kaki lima, pemilik warung, dan ribuan pengusaha mikro di seluruh Indonesia kesulitan menjangkau layanan keuangan yang dapat membantu memenuhi kebutuhan mereka. Padahal, 99 persen dari seluruh usaha di Indonesia tergolong sebagai usaha mikro. Seiring meningkatnya layanan teknologi finansial (tekfin) di Indonesia, muncul berbagai peluang baru yang dapat membantu menghadirkan layanan yang lebih cepat dan efisien. Demi mendorong ketahanan dan pertumbuhan ekonomi di sektor usaha mikro, khususnya segmen yang masih belum dijangkau perbankan, serta mendukung agenda inklusi keuangan yang diupayakan Pemerintah Indonesia, Pulse Lab Jakarta melaksanakan proyek penelitian dengan tujuan memahami pengalaman para pengusaha mikro yang telah lebih dulu mengadopsi layanan tekfin.

Nicknamed DisasterMon, the current prototype features three data insight layers related to logistics planning, social media communication and socio-economic variables, which are based on multiple data sources (including…

Nicknamed DisasterMon, the current prototype features three data insight layers…

DisasterMon Nicknamed DisasterMon, the current prototype features three data insight layers related to logistics planning, social media communication and socio-economic variables, which are based on multiple data sources (including open data platforms, national statistics and social media) that we hope to add to over the coming months

As a follow up to our Banking on Fintech research, we teamed up with UNCDF-SHIFT to launch a fund which challenged fintech companies to come up with ideas on how to get microenterprises digitally included. These…

As a follow up to our Banking on Fintech research, we teamed up with UNCDF-SHIFT…

2018 December Edition As a follow up to our Banking on Fintech research, we teamed up with UNCDF-SHIFT to launch a fund which challenged fintech companies to come up with ideas on how to get microenterprises digitally included. These are the six winning pitches.
Colloqumotion 2018 Series - AI: What Does it Mean for the Public Health Sector? (December)
Colloqumotion 2018 Series - Non Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health (November)
Indonesia Financial Access Map (Bahasa Ver.)

This project presents the results of a partnership with Jakarta Smart City (JSC) and United Nations Global Pulse Jakarta (PLJ) to create a video analysis pipeline for the purpose of improving traffic safety in…

This project presents the results of a partnership with Jakarta Smart City…

Academic Paper: Improving Traffic Safety Through Video Analysis in Jakarta, Indonesia This project presents the results of a partnership with Jakarta Smart City (JSC) and United Nations Global Pulse Jakarta (PLJ) to create a video analysis pipeline for the purpose of improving traffic safety in Jakarta where the pipeline transforms raw traffic video footage into databases.

To support the Government of Indonesia’s national strategy on financial inclusion, Pulse Lab Jakarta organised a data dive to ascertain insights on the various dimensions of financial inclusion, their importance…

To support the Government of Indonesia’s national strategy on financial…

Technical Report Research Dive 8: Financial Inclusion To support the Government of Indonesia’s national strategy on financial inclusion, Pulse Lab Jakarta organised a data dive to ascertain insights on the various dimensions of financial inclusion, their importance for the Indonesian society, as well as the progress made and challenges that are ahead. Focused on analysing new sources of data in tandem with traditional data sets, a cadre of researchers and data analysts from academia, government and the private sector convened at the Lab for the three-day Research Dive event held on 25-28 November 2018.

"New tools and solutions should always be designed with the user in mind. There is no point in creating a snazzy dashboard using data science wizardry if it will not be used." Lessons shared on opportunities and…

"New tools and solutions should always be designed with the user in mind. There…

2018 November Edition "New tools and solutions should always be designed with the user in mind. There is no point in creating a snazzy dashboard using data science wizardry if it will not be used." Lessons shared on opportunities and pitfalls of scaling big data applications for sustainable development.
Colloqumotion 2018 Series - Does Happiness Matter for Development? (October)

The Vulnerability Analysis Monitoring Platform for Impact of Regional Events (VAMPIRE) and Haze Gazer were conceived and developed in 2014-2015 at an important juncture for its primary collaborators. Pulse Lab…

The Vulnerability Analysis Monitoring Platform for Impact of Regional Events…

Stories of Change: Haze Gazer & Vampire The Vulnerability Analysis Monitoring Platform for Impact of Regional Events (VAMPIRE) and Haze Gazer were conceived and developed in 2014-2015 at an important juncture for its primary collaborators. Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ) had recently launched and was actively looking for suitable project partners. The World Food Programme (WFP)—PLJ’s primary partner in developing VAMPIRE—was devoting significant regional resources to addressing the consequences on food security of El Nin?o. And, the new Joko Widodo administration came into office in October 2014 following the July 2014 national presidential election. President Widodo had just been elected on a platform that included promoting both national economic sovereignty and also a more open and accountable government.

CCTV monitoring is a plus for traffic safety, but combing through hours of footage manually is labour-intensive. Partnering with Jakarta Smart City and the University of Chicago, this is how we built a video-processing…

CCTV monitoring is a plus for traffic safety, but combing through hours of footage…

2018 October Edition CCTV monitoring is a plus for traffic safety, but combing through hours of footage manually is labour-intensive. Partnering with Jakarta Smart City and the University of Chicago, this is how we built a video-processing pipeline to extract structured information from raw footage in the city. 

The Government of Indonesia has made significant progress in reducing poverty over the past few years, recording its lowest poverty rate of ten per cent in 2017 measured by income. Many citizens still remain vulnerable…

The Government of Indonesia has made significant progress in reducing poverty…

Technical Report Research Dive 7: AI and Machine Learning for Estimating Poverty The Government of Indonesia has made significant progress in reducing poverty over the past few years, recording its lowest poverty rate of ten per cent in 2017 measured by income. Many citizens still remain vulnerable given their marginal position above the national poverty line. But how governments go about estimating poverty, in order to better target programmes, has never been an easy task. Today, technological advancements are enabling researchers to use new and efficient methods to learn more about people’s quality of life. In particular, with more and more big data sources emerging, researchers are seeing the benefits of big data analytics for reducing poverty and improving citizens’ well-being. From 15-18 July 2018, Pulse Lab Jakarta research dive brought together academics, public officials and researchers to dive into a few big data sets to develop new methods and insights on burning policy questions around poverty reduction.

This study uses readily available big data from four Financial Service Providers (FSP) in Cambodia—covering approximately 21 percent of the loans and savings market—to examine how long customers stay…

This study uses readily available big data from four Financial Service Providers…

Examining Customer Journeys at Financial Institutions in Cambodia This study uses readily available big data from four Financial Service Providers (FSP) in Cambodia—covering approximately 21 percent of the loans and savings market—to examine how long customers stay with their financial institutions and what types of products they take up during their journey.
Colloqumotion 2018 Series - Big Data: A Threat of Benefit to Fake News? (September 2018)

Can financial technology accelerate financial inclusion of micro enterprises in Indonesia? Find out in our latest Pulse Story! 

Can financial technology accelerate financial inclusion of micro enterprises…

2018 September Edition Can financial technology accelerate financial inclusion of micro enterprises in Indonesia? Find out in our latest Pulse Story! 

For many street food vendors, small shop owners and thousands of micro entrepreneurs across Indonesia, access to financial services that can help them to meet their needs often lies outside their reach. In Indonesia,…

For many street food vendors, small shop owners and thousands of micro entrepreneurs…

Banking on Fintech: Financial Inclusion for Micro Enterprises in Indonesia For many street food vendors, small shop owners and thousands of micro entrepreneurs across Indonesia, access to financial services that can help them to meet their needs often lies outside their reach. In Indonesia, micro enterprises make up the majority of enterprises, with roughly 99 per cent of all enterprises being micro enterprises. With the uptick in the number of financial technologies (fintech) in Indonesia, there are emerging opportunities that can aid the delivery of faster and more efficient services in developing countries. To promote resilience and growth within Indonesia’s unbanked micro business sector and support the Government of Indonesia’s financial inclusion agenda, Pulse Lab Jakarta conducted a research project to understand the experiences of early fintech adopters among those enterprises.
Colloqumotion 2018 Series - Cyber Crimes and Digital Data (August)

In this paper, we attempt to crowdsource the translation of thousands of words and phrases related to disasters into 29 languages, both national and local, as well as formal and informal expressions, which may…

In this paper, we attempt to crowdsource the translation of thousands of words…

Academic Paper: Estimating the Quality of Crowdsourced Translations In this paper, we attempt to crowdsource the translation of thousands of words and phrases related to disasters into 29 languages, both national and local, as well as formal and informal expressions, which may be commonly used in social media, with an aim to effectively monitor the situations of disaster affected areas.

This paper investigates a method to nowcast the levels of air quality captured by photos shared on social media to better predict haze severity levels in near real-time.

This paper investigates a method to nowcast the levels of air quality captured…

Academic Paper: Nowcasting Air Quality This paper investigates a method to nowcast the levels of air quality captured by photos shared on social media to better predict haze severity levels in near real-time.
Colloqumotion 2018 Series - Data for Evaluating Educational Performance (July)

This paper provides a brief introduction of the fundamental aspects of big data, contextual to the public domain, while also highlights some of our use cases to demonstrate the potentials and capabilities of big…

This paper provides a brief introduction of the fundamental aspects of big…

Academic Paper: Big Data for Development Indicators and Social Policies This paper provides a brief introduction of the fundamental aspects of big data, contextual to the public domain, while also highlights some of our use cases to demonstrate the potentials and capabilities of big data for complementing conventional data sources in demographic measures and social policies.

With technologies now introducing new dimensions to diplomacy, these changes have not only presented new opportunities but also several challenges. Do diplomats have the “digital know-how” to address…

With technologies now introducing new dimensions to diplomacy, these changes…

2018 July Edition With technologies now introducing new dimensions to diplomacy, these changes have not only presented new opportunities but also several challenges. Do diplomats have the “digital know-how” to address these challenges? A few takeaways from our recent digital diplomacy seminar.

How best can we inform ourselves and a broader audience about the impact and lessons of our work? We tackled this question by writing “Stories of Change” about six data tools and approaches developed…

How best can we inform ourselves and a broader audience about the impact and…

2018 June Edition How best can we inform ourselves and a broader audience about the impact and lessons of our work? We tackled this question by writing “Stories of Change” about six data tools and approaches developed or supported by PLJ. These are the key lessons that emerged.
Translator Gator 2 Winners Visit to Jakarta and Bangkok

The challenges in urban area are manifold, and are especially intertwined in the areas of education, healthcare, access to clean water, inter alia. The emergence of new sources of data has created new approaches…

The challenges in urban area are manifold, and are especially intertwined in…

Technical Report Research Dive 6 : Urban & Regional Development The challenges in urban area are manifold, and are especially intertwined in the areas of education, healthcare, access to clean water, inter alia. The emergence of new sources of data has created new approaches and opportunities to tackle many of these urban challenges, notably with access to information (and insights) that were not previously available from traditional datasets. On 25-28 March 2018, twelve academics and researchers from across Indonesia, along with members from Pulse Lab Jakarta’s team took part in the Lab’s sixth edition of Research Dive for Development.  

Data is the lifeblood of decision-making, but how should public officials navigate the digital deluge? UN Resident Coordinators and Heads of Agencies from across the Asia Pacific recently participated in a data…

Data is the lifeblood of decision-making, but how should public officials navigate…

2018 May Edition Data is the lifeblood of decision-making, but how should public officials navigate the digital deluge? UN Resident Coordinators and Heads of Agencies from across the Asia Pacific recently participated in a data workshop to explore the question. This is our recap of some key points.
Colloqumotion 2018 Series - Music Cities and Economic Development (May)
Colloqumotion 2018 Series - Archaeology and Humanity's Story (March)
Colloqumotion 2018 Series - Data Privacy and Law (Feb)
Colloqumotion 2018 Series - Monitoring Your Garbage with Big Data (Jan)
Colloqumotion 2018 Series - Urban Health for the Elderly (April)
Translator Gator Demo
Translator Gator 2 Testimonial Video - Roselle, The Philippines
Translator Gator 2 Testimonial Video - Momo, Myanmar
Translator Gator 2 Testimonial Video - Wageesha Samareweera, Sri Lanka

Despite the flurry of chatter about smart city tech, what exactly constitutes a smart city often differ between city officials and citizens. Against the backdrop of repeated flooding in Bandung, we learned that…

Despite the flurry of chatter about smart city tech, what exactly constitutes…

2018 April Edition Despite the flurry of chatter about smart city tech, what exactly constitutes a smart city often differ between city officials and citizens. Against the backdrop of repeated flooding in Bandung, we learned that no matter how grand an idea may be, citizens have to be at the heart of each design.

2017 marked the end of the initial five-year phase of Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ). One of the biggest highlights of the year was the increased adoption of our data tools and methods by our partners, especially within…

2017 marked the end of the initial five-year phase of Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ).…

PLJ Annual Report 2017 2017 marked the end of the initial five-year phase of Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ). One of the biggest highlights of the year was the increased adoption of our data tools and methods by our partners, especially within the public sector. 

The Government of Indonesia, recognising the ambitious scope of the 17 goals and 169 targets, has sought to explore the benefits of a data visualisation asset?—?an SDGs monitoring dashboard. This interactive…

The Government of Indonesia, recognising the ambitious scope of the 17 goals…

Indonesian SDGs Monitoring Dashboard The Government of Indonesia, recognising the ambitious scope of the 17 goals and 169 targets, has sought to explore the benefits of a data visualisation asset?—?an SDGs monitoring dashboard. This interactive tool was designed by Pulse Lab Jakarta in consultation with the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) with the intention to track progress towards the SDGs across the country’s diverse archipelago.

Can Twitter activities be used to infer daily electricity consumption? Our data science team got together with researchers from across Indonesia during a recent Research Dive and designed a statistical model to…

Can Twitter activities be used to infer daily electricity consumption? Our…

2018 March Edition Can Twitter activities be used to infer daily electricity consumption? Our data science team got together with researchers from across Indonesia during a recent Research Dive and designed a statistical model to answer the question - recording an accuracy rate of 95 per cent.

Much like the labs in the Global Pulse network, Data Science Campus is tapping into the rich streams of data that are being generated by new technology to inform public policy and programme delivery. Joining us…

Much like the labs in the Global Pulse network, Data Science Campus is tapping…

2018 February Edition Much like the labs in the Global Pulse network, Data Science Campus is tapping into the rich streams of data that are being generated by new technology to inform public policy and programme delivery. Joining us for two days of workshopping and brainstorming, a couple of the Campus' data scientists walked us through how it functions and keeps its momentum going.

Pulse Lab Jakarta collaborated with the UNCDF Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) programme to undertake an analysis of financial services usage, particularly among women in the ASEAN region.

Pulse Lab Jakarta collaborated with the UNCDF Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations…

Big Data for Financial Inclusion, Examining The Customer Journey Pulse Lab Jakarta collaborated with the UNCDF Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) programme to undertake an analysis of financial services usage, particularly among women in the ASEAN region.

In this paper, we test how the locational information from social media on mobile devices can reveal commuting patterns in Greater Jakarta.

In this paper, we test how the locational information from social media on…

Academic Paper: Inferring Commuting Statistics from Social Media in Greater Jakarta In this paper, we test how the locational information from social media on mobile devices can reveal commuting patterns in Greater Jakarta.

Many street food vendors and thousands of other entrepreneurs like them across Indonesia live in a cash-based ecosystem. Unbanked, they miss out on several useful financial services and products that can help…

Many street food vendors and thousands of other entrepreneurs like them…

2018 January Edition Many street food vendors and thousands of other entrepreneurs like them across Indonesia live in a cash-based ecosystem. Unbanked, they miss out on several useful financial services and products that can help them meet their needs - financial technology offers a ray of hope.

Throughout 2017, Global Pulse also spearheaded efforts to foster an enabling environment for data innovation. Global Pulse worked with international experts to develop data privacy and data ethics frameworks and…

Throughout 2017, Global Pulse also spearheaded efforts to foster an enabling…

UN Global Pulse’s Annual Report 2017 Throughout 2017, Global Pulse also spearheaded efforts to foster an enabling environment for data innovation. Global Pulse worked with international experts to develop data privacy and data ethics frameworks and risk management tools for responsible use of data. A Guidance Note on Big Data for SDGs: Data Privacy, Data Protection and Ethics was adopted by the United Nations Development Group. This document is the first policy guidance on big data and privacy endorsed by over 30 UN agencies.

CycloMon is an analytics and visualisation platform Pulse Lab Jakarta developed to monitor social response before/during/after tropical cyclones across 14 countries in the Pacific region.

CycloMon is an analytics and visualisation platform Pulse Lab Jakarta developed…

Cyclone Monitoring (CycloMon) CycloMon is an analytics and visualisation platform Pulse Lab Jakarta developed to monitor social response before/during/after tropical cyclones across 14 countries in the Pacific region.

As 2017 draws to a close, we at the Lab began to reflect on some of our success stories from the year. In much the style of a reality show confessional room, our team members sat down to reflect and share their…

As 2017 draws to a close, we at the Lab began to reflect on some of our success…

2017 December Edition As 2017 draws to a close, we at the Lab began to reflect on some of our success stories from the year. In much the style of a reality show confessional room, our team members sat down to reflect and share their honest-to-goodness throwbacks, “unfinished business” and holiday plans.

Pulse Lab Jakarta collaborated with Jakarta Smart City on a project to enhance transport planning and operational decision-making through real-time data analytics.

Pulse Lab Jakarta collaborated with Jakarta Smart City on a project to enhance…

Using Big Data Analytics for Improved Public Transport Pulse Lab Jakarta collaborated with Jakarta Smart City on a project to enhance transport planning and operational decision-making through real-time data analytics.

Together with Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG), we conducted a human-centred design research to take a look into the import process in Indonesia.

Together with Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG),…

Pulse Stories 5: Setting Sail Together with Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG), we conducted a human-centred design research to take a look into the import process in Indonesia.

In this study, we investigate the hidden travel patterns of regular TransJakarta passengers and how external factors, specifically, track and weather dynamics, affect to the behavior of regular commuters.

In this study, we investigate the hidden travel patterns of regular TransJakarta…

Academic Paper: Better Understanding Public Bus Passenger Behaviors in Jakarta In this study, we investigate the hidden travel patterns of regular TransJakarta passengers and how external factors, specifically, track and weather dynamics, affect to the behavior of regular commuters.

Pulse Lab Jakarta explored the contribution of advanced data analytics to local government decision-making by developing a national dashboard.

Pulse Lab Jakarta explored the contribution of advanced data analytics to local…

National Dashboard Pulse Lab Jakarta explored the contribution of advanced data analytics to local government decision-making by developing a national dashboard.

In this paper, we address the usage of Twitter data, specifically in the development and humanitarian sectors. We will explore five case studies including (a) food and agriculture, (b) public health (c) economic…

In this paper, we address the usage of Twitter data, specifically in the development…

Academic Paper: Social Media for Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action In this paper, we address the usage of Twitter data, specifically in the development and humanitarian sectors. We will explore five case studies including (a) food and agriculture, (b) public health (c) economic well-being (d) urban resilience and (e) humanitarian action.

Clean water access, waste management and Gamalama's mountain eruption are pressing challenges in Ternate City. To understand these issues from the bottom up, we got involved in a design workshop. This video…

Clean water access, waste management and Gamalama's mountain eruption are pressing…

2017 November Edition Clean water access, waste management and Gamalama's mountain eruption are pressing challenges in Ternate City. To understand these issues from the bottom up, we got involved in a design workshop. This video shows the resulting ideas and prototypes. 

The Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG) and Pulse Lab Jakarta recently teamed up to conduct a study on how business registration works in Indonesia. While previous studies on business…

The Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG) and Pulse…

Pulse Stories 4: Let’s Get Down To Business The Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG) and Pulse Lab Jakarta recently teamed up to conduct a study on how business registration works in Indonesia. While previous studies on business registration mostly focused on the administrative parts of the system, we wanted to focus on the experience of entrepreneurs as they navigate the business registration process.

Building a sustainable transportation system is no longer just a priority for megacities; it has become integral for all municipalities, big and small, as citizens nowadays are more mobile. With modern technologies,…

Building a sustainable transportation system is no longer just a priority for…

Technical Report Research Dive 5: Transportation Building a sustainable transportation system is no longer just a priority for megacities; it has become integral for all municipalities, big and small, as citizens nowadays are more mobile. With modern technologies, prospects for an improved, inclusive transportation system that can boost productivity while considering environmental health concerns have increased. In our recent Research Dive for Development on Transportation that took place on November 19–22, a group of researchers and academics got together over three days to explore and find ways to meet those possibilities.

Data related to flood mitigation are not only scattered throughout government units - they are often dated. Speaking with key players on the frontline in Bandung City, we came up with a game plan…

Data related to flood mitigation are not only scattered throughout…

2017 October Edition Data related to flood mitigation are not only scattered throughout government units - they are often dated. Speaking with key players on the frontline in Bandung City, we came up with a game plan to address repeat flooding by fusing new and traditional data sources.

Service delivery involves complex processes. Chronicling our learnings on taking an idea from a design to a ready-to-test prototype, this toolkit is useful for structuring service design projects.

Service delivery involves complex processes. Chronicling our learnings on taking…

2017 September Edition Service delivery involves complex processes. Chronicling our learnings on taking an idea from a design to a ready-to-test prototype, this toolkit is useful for structuring service design projects.

The Indonesia Government is taking steps to improve national industrial competitiveness to ensure continued economic development. To support these efforts, Pulse Lab Jakarta hosted 23 researchers for the fourth…

The Indonesia Government is taking steps to improve national industrial competitiveness…

Technical Report Research Dive 4: Trade Competitiveness The Indonesia Government is taking steps to improve national industrial competitiveness to ensure continued economic development. To support these efforts, Pulse Lab Jakarta hosted 23 researchers for the fourth Research Dive for Development on the topic of trade and competitiveness last month. Having explored several topics related to trade and competitiveness, specific to Indonesia and the wider region, this supplementary technical report captures the findings from the 3-day research sprint.

The purpose of this toolkit is to guide development organisations and governments in navigating the complicated terrain of developing and delivering services. It will help to develop a bird’s eye view of…

The purpose of this toolkit is to guide development organisations and governments…

Navigating the Terrain: A Toolkit for Conceptualising Service Design Projects The purpose of this toolkit is to guide development organisations and governments in navigating the complicated terrain of developing and delivering services. It will help to develop a bird’s eye view of the potential challenges and tasks required to ensure e ective delivery models and quality services.

“Data revolution is exciting but also disruptive.” Taking stock of government demand for advanced data analytics in Indonesia, in these conference proceedings we share a few reflections.

“Data revolution is exciting but also disruptive.” Taking stock…

2017 August Edition “Data revolution is exciting but also disruptive.” Taking stock of government demand for advanced data analytics in Indonesia, in these conference proceedings we share a few reflections.

This toolkit captures the Urban Poor Consortium's method for urban vulnerability mapping, a participatory approach to data collection, visualisation and decision making in disaster-prone urban communities.

This toolkit captures the Urban Poor Consortium's method for urban vulnerability…

Urban Vulnerability Mapping Toolkit This toolkit captures the Urban Poor Consortium's method for urban vulnerability mapping, a participatory approach to data collection, visualisation and decision making in disaster-prone urban communities.

We immersed ourselves in the lives of school pupils, dropouts, and educators to understand the educational experiences in a district with the lowest Human Development Index in South Sulawesi.

We immersed ourselves in the lives of school pupils, dropouts, and educators…

Pulse Stories 3: Too Cool for School We immersed ourselves in the lives of school pupils, dropouts, and educators to understand the educational experiences in a district with the lowest Human Development Index in South Sulawesi.

More than just a buzzword, smart city initiatives open up all kinds of possibilities for development. Our Urban Portfolio Lead took a trip to Russia to peek at some of the opportunities

More than just a buzzword, smart city initiatives open up all kinds of possibilities…

2017 July Edition More than just a buzzword, smart city initiatives open up all kinds of possibilities for development. Our Urban Portfolio Lead took a trip to Russia to peek at some of the opportunities

Building on our tool for assisting vulnerable populations during droughts in Indonesia, we teamed up again with the World Food Programme to spread the approach to Sri Lanka.

Building on our tool for assisting vulnerable populations during…

Platform for Real-time Information and Situation Monitoring (PRISM) Building on our tool for assisting vulnerable populations during droughts in Indonesia, we teamed up again with the World Food Programme to spread the approach to Sri Lanka.

Hot on the heels of the Urban Vulnerability Mapping Toolkit and connected to our ongoing work in Bandung and Makassar, we teamed up with Participate in Design to compile approaches to urban data collection and…

Hot on the heels of the Urban Vulnerability Mapping Toolkit and connected to…

From Urban Data Collection to Urban Design: A Guide to Participatory Approaches Around the Globe Hot on the heels of the Urban Vulnerability Mapping Toolkit and connected to our ongoing work in Bandung and Makassar, we teamed up with Participate in Design to compile approaches to urban data collection and design from around the world.

Delve into the participatory mapping methods of the Urban Poor Consortium, a recipient of one of our data innovation mini grants in 2015.

Delve into the participatory mapping methods of the Urban Poor Consortium,…

2017 June Edition Delve into the participatory mapping methods of the Urban Poor Consortium, a recipient of one of our data innovation mini grants in 2015.

Sri Lanka has a total of 52 ministries operating in the public sector and over 200 members in the parliament, making the Sri Lankan government the largest employer in the country. The nation is often considered…

Sri Lanka has a total of 52 ministries operating in the public sector and over…

Embracing Innovation: How a Social Lab can Support the Innovation Agenda in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka has a total of 52 ministries operating in the public sector and over 200 members in the parliament, making the Sri Lankan government the largest employer in the country. The nation is often considered ‘public sector-heavy’ and territorial in the operation of different arms of government. Most respondents cite that one of the main challenges to public service delivery is the high overlap and lack of coordination amongst these sectors, causing challenges to policy-making and implementation. 

In this paper, we share our lessons learned from a pilot project that collectively translates a set of words and phrases related to a global programme of the United Nations, using our crowdsourcing platform, Translator…

In this paper, we share our lessons learned from a pilot project that collectively…

Academic Paper: Collaborative Translation to Better Listen to Citizen Feedback In this paper, we share our lessons learned from a pilot project that collectively translates a set of words and phrases related to a global programme of the United Nations, using our crowdsourcing platform, Translator Gator.

This report was produced by UN Global Pulse and the GSMA with support from Vital Wave Consulting. Appreciation goes to colleagues from the two organizations who spearheaded the preparation of this report and provided…

This report was produced by UN Global Pulse and the GSMA with support from…

The State of Mobile Data for Social Good Report This report was produced by UN Global Pulse and the GSMA with support from Vital Wave Consulting. Appreciation goes to colleagues from the two organizations who spearheaded the preparation of this report and provided their expertise in outlining the content of the paper. The report also benefited from the expertise and knowledge of representatives of international development agencies, mobile network operators, civil society organizations and technical data experts.

Highlights and impressions from the recent public consultation session on the draft Presidential Decree on Satu Data (One Data) Indonesia.

Highlights and impressions from the recent public consultation session on the…

2017 May Edition Highlights and impressions from the recent public consultation session on the draft Presidential Decree on Satu Data (One Data) Indonesia.

The Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS) and Pulse Lab Jakarta, in collaboration with the Knowledge Sector Initiative, host the International Conferenceof Data…

The Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning…

International Conference on Data Revolution for Policy Makers - Proceeding The Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS) and Pulse Lab Jakarta, in collaboration with the Knowledge Sector Initiative, host the International Conferenceof Data Revolution for Policy Makers, running from 21st to 22nd February 2017 in Jakarta.

From 12th to 15th March, Pulse Lab Jakarta hosted its third research dive, bringing together statisticians from across Indonesia to analyse data from the Millennium Development Goals in order to support the implementation…

From 12th to 15th March, Pulse Lab Jakarta hosted its third research dive,…

Technical Report Research Dive 3: Statistics for Sustainable Development Goals From 12th to 15th March, Pulse Lab Jakarta hosted its third research dive, bringing together statisticians from across Indonesia to analyse data from the Millennium Development Goals in order to support the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Calling for volunteers to join our crowdsourcing project to inform disaster-related initiatives!

Calling for volunteers to join our crowdsourcing project to inform disaster-related…

2017 April Edition Calling for volunteers to join our crowdsourcing project to inform disaster-related initiatives!

This report provides an overview of the work of Pulse Lab Jakarta in 2016, which we hope to build on further for an even more exciting 2017!

This report provides an overview of the work of Pulse Lab Jakarta in 2016,…

PLJ Annual Report 2016 This report provides an overview of the work of Pulse Lab Jakarta in 2016, which we hope to build on further for an even more exciting 2017!

Pulse Lab Jakarta developed Translator Gator, a people-powered language game that creates dictionaries for recognising sustainable development-related conversations in Indonesia.

Pulse Lab Jakarta developed Translator Gator, a people-powered language game…

Translator Gator: Crowdsourcing Translation of Development Keywords in Indonesia Pulse Lab Jakarta developed Translator Gator, a people-powered language game that creates dictionaries for recognising sustainable development-related conversations in Indonesia.

In this paper, we investigate how mobile phone datasets can be used to produce a set of proxies for education, household characteristics, expenditure and income diversity in Vanuatu by comparing the features measured…

In this paper, we investigate how mobile phone datasets can be used to produce…

Academic Paper: Education, Household and Expenditure from Mobile Data in Vanuatu In this paper, we investigate how mobile phone datasets can be used to produce a set of proxies for education, household characteristics, expenditure and income diversity in Vanuatu by comparing the features measured from mobile phone data, such as CDRs and airtime purchase records with the ground truth data from official statistics.

What does it take to go from co-design workshops to implementation by government and communities? Check out the insights from our design team.

What does it take to go from co-design workshops to implementation by government…

2017 March Edition What does it take to go from co-design workshops to implementation by government and communities? Check out the insights from our design team.

The platform provides integrated map-based visualisations that show the extent of drought-affected areas, the impacts on markets, and the coping strategies and resilience of affected populations. 

The platform provides integrated map-based visualisations that show the extent…

VAMPIRE The platform provides integrated map-based visualisations that show the extent of drought-affected areas, the impacts on markets, and the coping strategies and resilience of affected populations. 

If you missed the supernova of creativity that was the Data Revolution for Policy Makers Conference, catch up with the action on Storify and Flickr. Conference proceedings to follow in next…

If you missed the supernova of creativity that was the Data Revolution for…

2017 February Edition If you missed the supernova of creativity that was the Data Revolution for Policy Makers Conference, catch up with the action on Storify and Flickr. Conference proceedings to follow in next month's edition of Datavores.

Pulse Lab Jakarta, in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia, developed ‘Haze Gazer,’ a crisis analysis tool that provides real-time situational information from various data sources to enhance…

Pulse Lab Jakarta, in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia, developed…

Haze Gazer, Crisis Analysis and Visualisation Tool Pulse Lab Jakarta, in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia, developed ‘Haze Gazer,’ a crisis analysis tool that provides real-time situational information from various data sources to enhance disaster management efforts.

Protecting vulnerable groups within the population is one of the top priorities for the Government of Indonesia, especially since the severe food price fluctuations of 2008.

Protecting vulnerable groups within the population is one of the top priorities…

Nowcasting Food Prices Protecting vulnerable groups within the population is one of the top priorities for the Government of Indonesia, especially since the severe food price fluctuations of 2008.

On 13-16 November 2016, Pulse Lab Jakarta organised a Research Dive on Image Mining for Disaster Management hosting 16 researchers from 16 universities across Indonesia.

On 13-16 November 2016, Pulse Lab Jakarta organised a Research Dive on Image…

Technical Report Research Dive 2: Image Mining for Disaster Management On 13-16 November 2016, Pulse Lab Jakarta organised a Research Dive on Image Mining for Disaster Management hosting 16 researchers from 16 universities across Indonesia.

Catch up with our evaluation team's thoughts on the challenges of implementing innovations in the development sector to the point of sustainable impact and scale.

Catch up with our evaluation team's thoughts on the challenges of implementing…

2017 January Edition Catch up with our evaluation team's thoughts on the challenges of implementing innovations in the development sector to the point of sustainable impact and scale.

This year marked the first full year of implementation of the 15-year roadmap set for the development community by the 2030 Agenda. In response, Global Pulse intensified its efforts to unearth the power of big…

This year marked the first full year of implementation of the 15-year roadmap…

UN Global Pulse’s Annual Report 2016 This year marked the first full year of implementation of the 15-year roadmap set for the development community by the 2030 Agenda. In response, Global Pulse intensified its efforts to unearth the power of big data and data analysis to contribute to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their indicators

Developed by practitioners for practitioners, it provides step-by-step guidance for working with new sources of data.

Developed by practitioners for practitioners, it provides step-by-step…

2016 December Edition Developed by practitioners for practitioners, it provides step-by-step guidance for working with new sources of data.

This guide covers the project design phase from the earliest hint of a data innovation idea through the creation of a proof-of-concept.

This guide covers the project design phase from the earliest hint of a data…

A Guide to Data Innovation for Development This guide covers the project design phase from the earliest hint of a data innovation idea through the creation of a proof-of-concept.

We had a buzzing Friday morning in the Lab courtesy of the Ministry of Trade’s Centre for Data and Information and AIPEG. "It is precisely this kind of leadership... that ultimately enhances state effectiveness."…

We had a buzzing Friday morning in the Lab courtesy of the Ministry of…

2016 November Edition We had a buzzing Friday morning in the Lab courtesy of the Ministry of Trade’s Centre for Data and Information and AIPEG. "It is precisely this kind of leadership... that ultimately enhances state effectiveness."

The Research Dive took place at Pulse Lab Jakarta on 22-23 July 2016, and carried the theme Natural Language Processing for Sustainable Development.

The Research Dive took place at Pulse Lab Jakarta on 22-23 July 2016, and carried…

Technical Report Research Dive 1: Natural Language Processing for Sustainable Development The Research Dive took place at Pulse Lab Jakarta on 22-23 July 2016, and carried the theme Natural Language Processing for Sustainable Development.

What can the public sector learn from Datavores, the namesakes of this newsletter? Delve into the thinking behind our work with Kompak and AIPD before that.

What can the public sector learn from Datavores, the namesakes of this newsletter?…

2016 October Edition What can the public sector learn from Datavores, the namesakes of this newsletter? Delve into the thinking behind our work with Kompak and AIPD before that.

Can road infrastructure project verification costs be reduced through crowdsourcing? PLJ and INDII have teamed up with Premise to find out. 

Can road infrastructure project verification costs be reduced through crowdsourcing? PLJ…

2016 September Edition Can road infrastructure project verification costs be reduced through crowdsourcing? PLJ and INDII have teamed up with Premise to find out. 

This study was commissioned by UNDP to get a glimpse into the mobility patterns in Makassar, Indonesia. This study is part of the overall support provided by UNDP through its City-I-Leaps Initiative - a joint initiative…

This study was commissioned by UNDP to get a glimpse into the mobility patterns…

Makassar Mobility Project Report This study was commissioned by UNDP to get a glimpse into the mobility patterns in Makassar, Indonesia. This study is part of the overall support provided by UNDP through its City-I-Leaps Initiative - a joint initiative by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and UNDP. It aims to promote the use of design thinking to collaboratively propose solutions that are optimal to people’s needs, develop prototypes for testing and evaluation, and eventually scale-up successful designs.

We recently hosted a gaggle of computational linguists for a dive into the datasets generated by Translator Gator. This is where the rubber hits the road.

We recently hosted a gaggle of computational linguists for a dive into…

2016 August Edition We recently hosted a gaggle of computational linguists for a dive into the datasets generated by Translator Gator. This is where the rubber hits the road.

UN Global Pulse recently finished the first phase of Translator Gator, a language game that builds taxonomies for research initiatives. Hundreds of people from across Indonesia engaged with the game and helped…

UN Global Pulse recently finished the first phase of Translator Gator, a language…

Translator Gator UN Global Pulse recently finished the first phase of Translator Gator, a language game that builds taxonomies for research initiatives. Hundreds of people from across Indonesia engaged with the game and helped build a new dictionary for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Below are some of the lessons learned by the team and the next steps for the project.

How might schools provide children with opportunities to broaden their aspirations? Along with GiZ our designers answer this and other questions in the latest edition of Pulse Stories.

How might schools provide children with opportunities to broaden their…

2016 June Edition How might schools provide children with opportunities to broaden their aspirations? Along with GiZ our designers answer this and other questions in the latest edition of Pulse Stories.

We're looking for change-makers in East Java to shake-up healthcare, education, civic registry, and business licensing. Deadline for applications fast approaching.

We're looking for change-makers in East Java to shake-up healthcare, education,…

2016 May Edition We're looking for change-makers in East Java to shake-up healthcare, education, civic registry, and business licensing. Deadline for applications fast approaching.

An overview of Pulse Lab Jakarta's work in 2015.

An overview of Pulse Lab Jakarta's work in 2015.

2016 April Edition An overview of Pulse Lab Jakarta's work in 2015.

2015 was an eventful year for Pulse Lab Jakarta. The broader data innovation ecosystem within which the Lab operates has grown from a specialist network to include a broader range of public, social, and private…

2015 was an eventful year for Pulse Lab Jakarta. The broader data innovation…

PLJ Annual Report 2015 2015 was an eventful year for Pulse Lab Jakarta. The broader data innovation ecosystem within which the Lab operates has grown from a specialist network to include a broader range of public, social, and private sector actors who are interested in exploring insights from new data sources as well as learning how data innovation can complement existing datasets and operations.

Functioning as a crisis analysis and visualisation tool, Haze Gazer provides real-time insights on the locations of fire and haze hotspots; the strength of haze in population centres; the locations of the most…

Functioning as a crisis analysis and visualisation tool, Haze Gazer provides…

Haze Gazer Functioning as a crisis analysis and visualisation tool, Haze Gazer provides real-time insights on the locations of fire and haze hotspots; the strength of haze in population centres; the locations of the most vulnerable cohorts of the population; and the response strategies of affected populations. The tool uses satellite data, text-, image- and video-oriented social media contents, among others sources of data. The platform has been installed in the situation room of the Executive Office of the President of Indonesia (KSP).

Pulse Lab Jakarta, with the support of DFAT, recently teamed up with the TRANSFORMASI initiative to deliver a couple of health service design workshopsin East Java, Indonesia. Below, we share the insights…

Pulse Lab Jakarta, with the support of DFAT, recently teamed up with the TRANSFORMASI…

Pulse Stories 2: Mother’s Love Pulse Lab Jakarta, with the support of DFAT, recently teamed up with the TRANSFORMASI initiative to deliver a couple of health service design workshopsin East Java, Indonesia. Below, we share the insights generated by the design research conducted in advance of the workshop in Probolinggo.

For our first edition, we take you to Pontianak, a city in West Kalimantan that was severely affected by forest-fire haze at the time of our visit. We hope you enjoy the stories!

For our first edition, we take you to Pontianak, a city in West Kalimantan…

Pulse Stories 1: Haze and Confused For our first edition, we take you to Pontianak, a city in West Kalimantan that was severely affected by forest-fire haze at the time of our visit. We hope you enjoy the stories!

This feasibility study used crowdsourcing to track commodity prices in near real-time in areas where the availability of other data sources was limited.

This feasibility study used crowdsourcing to track commodity prices in near…

Feasibility Study: Crowdsourcing High-Frequency Food Price Data in Rural Indonesia This feasibility study used crowdsourcing to track commodity prices in near real-time in areas where the availability of other data sources was limited.

In this project, Pulse Lab Jakarta explored the contribution of advanced data analytics to local government decision-making by generating insights from a combination of existing complaint systems and passive feedback…

In this project, Pulse Lab Jakarta explored the contribution of advanced data…

Mining Citizen Feedback Data for Enhanced Local Government Decision-Making In this project, Pulse Lab Jakarta explored the contribution of advanced data analytics to local government decision-making by generating insights from a combination of existing complaint systems and passive feedback from citizens on social media.

Pulse Lab Jakarta partnered with Kompak, a partnership of the Governments of Australia and Indonesia to reduce poverty, to create a mobile simulation game to measure the results of training conducted by the Government…

Pulse Lab Jakarta partnered with Kompak, a partnership of the Governments of…

Improving Professional Training In Indonesia With Gaming Data Pulse Lab Jakarta partnered with Kompak, a partnership of the Governments of Australia and Indonesia to reduce poverty, to create a mobile simulation game to measure the results of training conducted by the Government to village representatives in Indonesia.

The year 2015 marked a major shift in the dimensions of international development. In an unprecedented, inclusive and open process, the 193 member states of the United Nations adopted, by consensus, the 2030 Agenda…

The year 2015 marked a major shift in the dimensions of international development.…

UN Global Pulse’s Annual Report 2015 The year 2015 marked a major shift in the dimensions of international development. In an unprecedented, inclusive and open process, the 193 member states of the United Nations adopted, by consensus, the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contained in the 2030 Agenda constitute a truly transformative plan for people, planet, prosperity, partnership and peace.

In 2014, Global Pulse consolidated itsexpertise in the emerging field of Big Datafor Development, assumed a highly visibleadvocacy role, undertook numerous activitiesto advance the field, and built a substantialnetwork…

In 2014, Global Pulse consolidated itsexpertise in the emerging field of Big…

UN Global Pulse’s Annual Report 2014 In 2014, Global Pulse consolidated itsexpertise in the emerging field of Big Datafor Development, assumed a highly visibleadvocacy role, undertook numerous activitiesto advance the field, and built a substantialnetwork of development and private sectorspartners.

In collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Country Office for Indonesia, Pulse Lab Jakarta conducted a feasibility study to explore online data as a source of real-time signals of discrimination…

In collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Country Office…

Feasibility Study: Identifying Trends in Discrimination Against Women in the Workplace In Social Media In collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Country Office for Indonesia, Pulse Lab Jakarta conducted a feasibility study to explore online data as a source of real-time signals of discrimination against women in the workplace.

A feasibility study was conducted by Pulse Lab Jakarta on the use of real-time information from social media during forest and peat fires haze events to support emergency response management in Indonesia.

A feasibility study was conducted by Pulse Lab Jakarta on the use of real-time…

Feasibility Study: Supporting Forest and Peat Fire Management Using Social Media A feasibility study was conducted by Pulse Lab Jakarta on the use of real-time information from social media during forest and peat fires haze events to support emergency response management in Indonesia.

Our network of Pulse Labs is leveraging BigData to address wide-ranging topicsincluding food security, economic wellbeing,gender discrimination and public health.In 2013, our portfolio of innovation projectsinvolved…

Our network of Pulse Labs is leveraging BigData to address wide-ranging topicsincluding…

UN Global Pulse’s Annual Report 2013 Our network of Pulse Labs is leveraging BigData to address wide-ranging topicsincluding food security, economic wellbeing,gender discrimination and public health.In 2013, our portfolio of innovation projectsinvolved more than 25 partner organizationsincluding UNICEF, UN DevelopmentProgramme (UNDP), World Food Programme(WFP), World Health Organisation (WHO),and the International Labour Organisation(ILO).

The primer is a synthesis of a growing body of research on mobile phone data analysis in development or humanitarian contexts. For example, de-identified CDRs have allowed researchers to see aggregate geographic…

The primer is a synthesis of a growing body of research on mobile phone data…

Mobile Phone Network Data For Development The primer is a synthesis of a growing body of research on mobile phone data analysis in development or humanitarian contexts. For example, de-identified CDRs have allowed researchers to see aggregate geographic trends such as the flow of mass populations during and after natural disasters, how malaria can spread via human movement or the passage of commuters through a city at peak times. The document explains three types of indicators that can be extracted through analysis of CDRs (mobility, social interaction and economic activity), includes a compendium of several research examples and a summary of privacy protection considerations.
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From our joint policy research with UN Women that looked at the gendered impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on micro and small businesses in Indonesia, we learned that women business owners have fewer coping…

From our joint policy research with UN Women that looked at the gendered…

Beyond “Sticky Floors” From our joint policy research with UN Women that looked at the gendered impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on micro and small businesses in Indonesia, we learned that women business owners have fewer coping strategies compared to men. To keep their businesses afloat, more women are using a range of digital tools — from digital platforms and online marketplaces, to instant messaging apps and social media — to market their products and services. Whilst this trend offers promising opportunities to help women business owners cope during the pandemic, digitalization does not benefit all of them equally. Besides structural barriers such as infrastructure and network coverage, several of the barriers that prevent them from utilising digital tools are behavioural. This is the case for many women “necessity business owners” who make up the majority of Indonesian women entrepreneurs and are typically running a business out of necessity from their homes while juggling domestic responsibilities.

Women own or run nearly half of all micro and small businesses (MSBs) in Indonesia, which employ more than 90% of the Indonesian workforce. Despite this fact, there is a dearth of analysis dedicated to understanding…

Women own or run nearly half of all micro and small businesses (MSBs) in Indonesia,…

How Is Digitalization Helping Women-owned Micro and Small Businesses Cope During the Pandemic? Women own or run nearly half of all micro and small businesses (MSBs) in Indonesia, which employ more than 90% of the Indonesian workforce. Despite this fact, there is a dearth of analysis dedicated to understanding the gendered impact and coping mechanisms of MSBs during the COVID-19 crisis, as physical distancing measures have led to declining incomes.

Ongoing discourse on governments’ response to COVID-19 emphasizes the crucial role of data in saving lives and protecting livelihoods. As more government institutions and development projects foray into the…

Ongoing discourse on governments’ response to COVID-19 emphasizes the…

Tapping into the Value of Data for Better Lives Ongoing discourse on governments’ response to COVID-19 emphasizes the crucial role of data in saving lives and protecting livelihoods. As more government institutions and development projects foray into the art of the possible with new data sources, it is important to address underlying systemic conditions that hamper effective adoption of data innovations. This includes issues around effective data access and data processing, as well as the need for guiding principles and protocols for both current and future responses. At the Asia regional consultation for the forthcoming World Development Report 2021 which Pulse Lab Jakarta recently co-hosted, one of the central themes was on how to strengthen data systems to increase the value of data. These discussions have inspired us to reflect on Indonesia’s COVID-19 data ecosystem and the work we’re doing to inform response and recovery.

Now nearing the end of September 2020, Indonesia has reported almost 275,000 COVID-19 cases since the first confirmed case in early March. Just in terms of the number of detected cases, it is second highest in…

Now nearing the end of September 2020, Indonesia has reported almost 275,000…

Alternative Use of Traditional Data in Times of COVID-19 Now nearing the end of September 2020, Indonesia has reported almost 275,000 COVID-19 cases since the first confirmed case in early March. Just in terms of the number of detected cases, it is second highest in South-East Asia, after the Philippines. With cases yet again on the rise, parts of Indonesia have brought back the soft-lockdown more commonly known as PSBB, an acronym for Pembatasan Sosial Berskala Besar (Large Scale Social Restrictions). At this stage finding the balance between decreasing disease incidence whilst also limiting the extent of the economic fallout is understandably a tough task, especially with poverty incidence on the rise. Public policy professionals would call this a “wicked problem”.

Our work prior to the onset of the COVID-19 crisis largely focused on big data and real time analytics application for development and humanitarian action. Disaster response and climate change in particular is…

Our work prior to the onset of the COVID-19 crisis largely focused on big data…

Extending the Art of the Possible with Big Data to Better Inform COVID-19 Responses Our work prior to the onset of the COVID-19 crisis largely focused on big data and real time analytics application for development and humanitarian action. Disaster response and climate change in particular is one of our key thematic areas, where we merge and analyse non-traditional data with the more traditional types of data to provide timely insights to decision and policy makers across government and humanitarian agencies. Part of our role today is to extend the art of the possible, by coaxing access and analysis from alternative data sets that were never originally meant for the purposes for which they are being leveraged.
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Micro and small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. This is particularly true in Indonesia, where 99 per cent of businesses are micro, small and medium enterprises.…

Micro and small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges brought about…

Is digitization helping businesses like yours cope with the effect of COVID-19? Micro and small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. This is particularly true in Indonesia, where 99 per cent of businesses are micro, small and medium enterprises. Indonesian women play a critical role in the economy as owners and managers in micro and small businesses.

At the Lab, we’ve been working with our government counterparts and others including UN agencies on a variety of fronts in relation to COVID-19. For the last several months we have been working with Jabar…

At the Lab, we’ve been working with our government counterparts and others…

West Java COVID-19 Risk Map At the Lab, we’ve been working with our government counterparts and others including UN agencies on a variety of fronts in relation to COVID-19. For the last several months we have been working with Jabar Digital Service (JDS) of the West Java provincial government in collaboration also with our main government counterpart, the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas). JDS was established to help narrow the digital divide within the province and increase uptake in the use of technology in community life as well as government. One of its key mandates is to improve the efficiency and accuracy of data and technology-based policy making in West Java.

In undertaking this process, it became immediately apparent the need for more effective country-wide collaboration and a stronger data ecosystem. Together with the Data and Information Centre (Pusdatinrenbang)…

In undertaking this process, it became immediately apparent the need for more…

Country-wide Publicly Reported COVID-19 Data In undertaking this process, it became immediately apparent the need for more effective country-wide collaboration and a stronger data ecosystem. Together with the Data and Information Centre (Pusdatinrenbang) in the Ministry of National Development Planning, our team designed a data analysis and visualisation dashboard to monitor how the data was being reported day-to-day on provincial websites.
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