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Big Data

Big data means large volumes of data that are diverse, complex, and generated by multiple instruments. The content of data could range from scientific information (e.g. regional patterns of rainfall), to personal information (e.g. digital footprints on social media), and they can be retrieved from various sources — such as people, smart devices, or sensors. Big data can be used to make a more informed decision that improves societal wellbeing.


UNDP Ethiopia, in collaboration with InnoConnect and Addis Ababa Traffic Management Agency (TMA), produced an analysis of hot spots for traffic safety risks and a data visualisation of “the Road Crash Analytical Map of Addis Ababa” that depicts single-car accidents across Addis Ababa city. This data-driven analysis identified risk factors and high-risk locations, both crucial information for designing road safety policies to reduce car crashes.

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Intergeneration means interconnections between people across different age ranges. In terms of public policy, intergenerational policy does not simply focus on the present reality, it also seeks to address the future by understanding societal issues as major factors that will shape the lives of people across the generations. Intergenerational policy also considers the intimate connection and mutual dependency between people from different generations, and their shared needs.


Since 2012, UNDP has launched a youth empowerment programme called “YouthConnekt.” It is intended to connect African youth who are interested in youth-led development initiatives with important figures in various fields, expanding their entry into an economically empowering environment. Over the past 10 years the programme has supported more than 100,000 local entrepreneurs by providing entrepreneurial education, apprenticeship, and networks of experts. The programme is in line with the UN Youth Strategy, which focuses on youth empowerment and intergenerational interaction.

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Digital Divide

Digital divide means digital inequality characterised by lack of access to information and communication technologies (ICTs), digital literacy, and opportunities to capitalise on the internet for self-improvement or career advancement. The divide is further widened by interlocking systems of inequalities (e.g. gendered oppression, racial/ethnic discrimination, geographical division, and classism) that shape the level of digital inclusion into the society one has.


For example, in 2020, UNDP Philippines produced a critical analysis of barriers to entry into the platform economy for women and other marginalised groups in the Philippines. It was discovered that the digital divide was a symptom of a much larger societal inequalities, namely geographically-related disparities, and that layers of inequalities had a negating effect on the quality of digital interventions across the country. The study suggested that digital inclusion would only be possible when addressed along with other issues on the spectrum of socio-economic inequalities.

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Renew is a process to rehabilitate neighbourhoods in distress with different means. It could be an infrastructural upgrade that elevates the quality of life for the community members — such as more housing, improved sanitation, and increased connectivity by more public transportation. It could also mean economic redevelopment that boosts local commercial growth.


From 2015 – 2020, UNDP launched the Productivity and Urban Renewal in East Jerusalem Programme (PURE) to improve the socio-economic wellbeing of the Palestinians community in the targeted areas. The programme provided economic support to the local community by assisting in the revitalization of key commercial centres of the city, the expansion of the local tourism economy, and local business operation. In addition to commercial development, PURE also aimed to improve dilapidated buildings along the key commercial areas. 

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