Melissa DiLoreto

DataKind + Gavi Report: Leveraging AI and data science for equitable and efficient vaccine coverage

DataKind and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) released a report on leveraging AI and data science to enhance vaccine coverage and address access disparities, which persist despite global advancements in vaccine technology and distribution. The outcome of an almost year-long partnership with Gavi, and funded by Wellcome, the report provides a comprehensive look into the […]

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DataKind + Swahilipot Hub Foundation: Using data science to tackle youth unemployment in Mombasa

By Christopher Apollo, Project Manager, DataKind DataKind partnered with Global Opportunity Youth Network (GOYN), and its anchor partner in Mombasa, Kenya, Swahilipot Hub Foundation, to explore the power of data science and AI in providing an innovative solution to match “opportunity youth” (young people aged 18-35, who are out of school, unemployed, or working in

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BanhJi Case Study: Developing a Financial Performance Score to Empower Cambodian Farmers

In low and middle-income countries, savings groups play a crucial role in fostering financial inclusion and empowerment, especially among rural communities. These self-managed financial systems provide farmers with access to savings, credit, and financial literacy. However, challenges such as over-indebtedness and limited access to formal financial services persist, hindering the economic well-being of farmers.  Recognizing

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Unveiling the Harvest’s Potential: AI Empowers Coffee Farmers, Improves Coffee Quality 

By DataKind San Francisco DataKind San Francisco partnered with TechnoServe and students from Carnegie Mellon University – Africa on a groundbreaking solution – an AI-powered coffee cherry quality assessment. The app acts as a personal AI assistant for farmers, guiding them towards higher incomes and better quality coffee, building a more equitable and sustainable coffee

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Identifying Opportunities for Investment in Black-Owned Businesses

Leveraging insights produced during the development of the Racial Wealth Equity Database, and with the generous support from Google.org, DataKind and the Black Wealth Data Center expanded their partnership to create a powerful tool that integrates key indicators and helps to facilitate access to funding for Black entrepreneurs.  At DataKind, we recognize the profound connection

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DataKind SF + Starting With Today: Capturing community impact through optimized survey assessments

By DataKind San Francisco DataKind San Francisco partnered with Starting with Today on a data advisory project to streamline how they measure the economic and social impact of its programs through improved survey assessments. Previously, DataKind DC worked with SWT on a DataCorps® project on building data maturity for community empowerment. Through these collaborations, DataKind

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DataKind’s 2024 Global Volunteer Summit: Supporting our strong and diverse community, united by data science

In January, DataKind held our annual Global Volunteer Summit, a virtual gathering offered to DataKind volunteers around the world to connect with DataKind staff, hear from leadership, and celebrate their contribution to AI for social impact. This year, more than 100 volunteers from 20 countries attended the event live, and thousands more have viewed and

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DataKind’s Humanitarian Insights Data Platform: New Code-Based Solutions & A Call to Action

Each year, more people are experiencing humanitarian crises. According to UN-OCHA’s Global Humanitarian Overview for 2023, nearly 350 million people around the world are currently in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, a figure that’s 30 percent higher than in 2022. These are driven by global mega-trends, such as increases in forced displacement, conflict, political

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ratri Maria

Meet Ratri! She’s the founder of ChangeMakr Asia and DataKind Singapore Chapter Leader. Originally from Indonesia, Ratri has been living in Singapore for 15 years, and her day job is in social impact, sustainability, and tech. Her organization works with groups to help them measure their progress toward the SDGs (UN Sustainable Development Goals) with

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Advancing Work in Financial Inclusion: DataKind Introduces Six New Projects

We’re thrilled to share that we launched an impact cohort of six financial inclusion-focused projects. With new support from the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth (CFIG), we’re accelerating the development of DataKind’s most impactful data science and AI solutions and revolutionizing the way individuals and businesses access and utilize financial services. Drawing on DataKind’s extensive

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