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Why invest time and effort in talking about data? (part 2)

This is the second in a series of blogs sharing lessons learned from a collaboration between DataShift and the SPEAK! campaign and the resulting conversations about data management practices among diverse organisations working to overcome social divisions around the world.

Citizen-generated data for social change: learnings from the speak! Campaign (part 1)

This is the first in a series of blogs sharing lessons learned from a collaboration between DataShift and the SPEAK! Campaign, which resulted in conversations about data management practices among diverse organisations working to overcome social divisions around the world.

Environmental data, stepping stone for sustainable change

It would be difficult to recognise the beach in the coastal town of Bagamoyo, Tanzania today compared to what it looked like just a few short years ago. While the shore is still spotted with broken fishing nets, plastic wrappers, and household waste that get washed in with the tide, the beach is relatively clean. It’s not spotless, and there’s definitely room for improvement, but it’s come a long way thanks to a local beach cleaning organisation called Bagamoyo Beach Lovers (BBL). Unfortunately, up until late last year, they had no data to support that conclusion.

Data Talks Newsletter – April 19, 2019

In response to feedback from our online digital security course and talks, DataShift has released the monthly "Data Talks" newsletter that looks at recent digital security headlines and links the stories to everyday behaviors. If you are interested in getting the next newsletter in your inbox, please e-mail DataShift [at] CIVICUS.org with the subject line: Subscribe Data Talks.

Introducing Data Campaigns: 5 Tips for Events

In July 2018, Bagamoyo Beach Lovers united a diverse group of local stakeholders for an event introducing World Cleanup Day, an international citizen-science data campaign and environmental movement. Below are five key takeaways from hosting the event, for anyone planning to introduce data-driven initiatives in their community.

Community Participation can be Extractive: May we be mindful?

Community participation is an important component of situating a community as the champion of its own rights. However, community participation is not always easily achieved, as this requires both facilitating communities to demand for participation spaces, as well as sensitising duty bearers to understand the value of community participation.

Trust, first step to using data to clean up Bagamoyo Beach

Bagamoyo Beach Lovers would have had a difficult time motivating the participation of government officials, artists, school principals, nonprofit directors, fishermen and business owners attending and supporting its World Cleanup Day launch without the community relationship building in the years leading up to the event.

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