Data for development: The talent needed now

Attendees at the Cartagena Data Festival come together to learn and share best practices in the use of big and open data. Photo by: Overseas Development Institute / CC BY-NC

Many development organizations are already jumping on the big data bandwagon when it comes to hiring, according to Emmanuel Letouzé, director and co-founder of Data-Pop Alliance. They’re bringing on a few data scientists and putting them to work on pilot projects.

But this isn’t the most effective way to build data science into an organization, he told Devex at the Cartagena Data Festival last week, and it would be all too easy to lose this talent to Google or Facebook.  

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    Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.