Data is the oil of the 21st century. It can fuel society and the economy, but the way in which it’s collected and implemented needs refining

The development community is waking up to the need for a data revolution but there is a recognition in some quarters that there’s still some way to go. The Global Nutrition Report published last year showed that 27 developing countries had adequate data on nutrition, and within those countries, an averaged of 15% of children aged 6-24 months were receiving minimally acceptable diets (ranging from 3.1% to 54%).

“I think these are pretty damning results. And perhaps even more damning is that so few countries have data,” argues Shawn Baker, director of global development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who was a panelist at the 1,000 Days symposium held by the Global Health Alliance for Improved Nutrition earlier this year.

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