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Data from the Global South to Inspire our 9-year Race Towards Meeting the SDGs

Luisa Cordoba May 12, 2021

In 2020, in the heat of the pandemic, Cepei, the United Nations, and the Tableau Foundation took a bold step together. We partnered to develop the COVID-19 Data and Innovation Centre. Our goal, to inform response and recovery plans with data from the global south.

This partnership built on a longer partnership between an American tech giant –Tableau– and a Colombian think tank, Cepei. Tableau has invested in strengthening the data ecosystem in Latin America. Cepei had invested in developing data and analysis to support the 2030 Agenda, including monitoring our regional progress towards meeting the SDGs. Together, Cepei and Tableau have built a solid foundation to 1) get data, process data, and make it useful; and 2) deploy this useful data–gathered and processed in the South– to inform the highest level of policymaking at the UN.

This is a unique partnership with distinct outcomes. This partnership brings together data scientists, statisticians, National Statistical Systems, students, professors, private sector leaders, and policymakers together. It is innovative not because there is some groundbreaking NEW thing but because it works. It works well. And it has the potential to be transformative especially as we enter the 9-year mark towards 2030.

Cepei has 20 years of proven experience strengthening the data ecosystem in Latin America and the Caribbean. Tableau came in with funds, tech, expertise, and their Foundation’s leaders’ commitment to allow a Southern, a Colombian think tank experiment and learn fast.



Meta Themes

  • Sustainable Development


SDGs, partnerships, data, changing lives, technology, stories, international development, humanitarian relief, multilateral system, policymaking

Purpose and Desired Outcome

We want to show the world how we did developed an SDGs data hub in Colombia that is now tracking the region's progress towards the SDGs. We want to share how we built that hub and a Covid Dt centre together with the Tableau Foundation and the UN. more importantly, we want to develop new partnerships, and earnestly unleash the power of Southern data.


  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Government

  • Academia

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)


  • NamePhilipp Schonrock
  • Titlefounder and CEO
  • OrganizationCepei
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameNeal
  • TitleMyrick
  • OrganizationThe Tableau Foundation
  • StatusInvited
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