“We are launching a new and innovative Big Data platform in Uganda with UNCDF and Dalberg Data Insight. This will allow public authorities in the country to take better decisions and make stronger assessments. Think of using social media data to strengthen disaster response or telecom data to enrich national statistics as a solid basis for human-centred policymaking. It is the first step of building a local data ecosystem, the beginning of a larger scale-up across emerging countries. We want to give the value of the data back to the people.”
Swetha Totapally is an Associate Partner based in San Francisco and Bombay. She is a leader of the firm’s technology and gender equality practice areas. She seeks to identify when and how best to use technology to reduce inequality and make progress on important gender outcomes, especially for South Asian women. She has advised a wide range of clients including major publicly listed companies, foundations and philanthropic organizations, non-profits, and multilateral institutions on development-related issues.