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Ending extreme poverty is one of the world's biggest challenges. As we tackle this issue, it is critical to build resilience at all scales—individuals, communities, cities, and ecosystems—because resilience encapsulates the ability to manage change and continue on a sustainable development path. The dynamic interplay of rapid economic growth, environmental pressures, climate change, population movements, and demographic shifts, coupled with challenges of social inclusion and inequality provide a complex landscape for which risk and resilience are important factors in addressing poverty.

t the same time, the world is currently producing unprecedented amounts of digital data, as well as unprecedented growth in digital connectivity. These trends enable new ways of utilizing digital data to better understand the real-time needs of communities in order to help them increase their collective and individual resilience.
Making the most of this opportunity requires creative thinking and new partnerships. That’s why USAID/RDMA and FHI 360 (through the mSTAR project) are bringing together entrepreneurs, innovators, development organizations, technology providers, donors, and governments for a two-day Harnessing the Data Revolution for Resilience Summit in Bangkok, Thailand on May 10th and 11th, 2016. This Summit will catalyze a dialogue focused on harnessing the power of digital data to transform the design, implementation, and monitoring of international development programs to support resilience capacities at various scales. It will highlight both existing case studies and promising new approaches that use advances in data and technology to build resilience. Real-­time data, open data, big data, citizen-generated data, innovative sensor technology, and other opportunities will be highlighted as tools that governments, development practitioners, and others can harness to maximize the impact of their investments.

The overall objectives of the Summit are to:

  • Showcase state of the art approaches and local examples that demonstrate how the data revolution can help inform resilience efforts; and
  • Catalyze dialogue and partnerships between development practitioners to providers of data and data related services who are applying innovative approaches to building resilience

The Summit will bring together 90-100 global and regional experts to discuss the latest issues regarding data for resilience in Asia.  Join us as we discuss and share what this new reality means for resilience and explore how to take advantage of the multitude of opportunities emerging in this space.

The Summit is part of the RDMA Frontiers Learning Series, a set of events focused on exploring emerging opportunities at the intersection of science, technology, innovation, partnerships, and international development.

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