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About Dlab

The Tanzanian Data Lab (dLab) is an open working space where data from multiple sectors and sources can be combined, processed, and shared to drive better policies and decision-making.
The dLab is a center of activity, connecting the data revolution to national priorities, global commitments and diverse programs and investments. It serves as an anchor for the Data Collaborative for Local Impact (DCLI) program, enabling data analysis and use to become more prominent in decision making in Tanzania. The dLab activities include training in data literacy and analysis, focused content-area data analytics, and the development of “use cases” to showcase how data can be used to improve lives. The dLab will support the development of a roadmap, assisting the country to monitor progress toward meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Funded By

PEPFAR: The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. This historic commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single disease internationally, and PEPFAR investments also help alleviate suffering from other diseases across the global health spectrum. PEPFAR is driven by a shared responsibility among donor and partner nations and others to make smart investments to save lives.https://www.pepfar.gov/


The Data Collaborative for Local Impact (DCLI) model hinges on four interconnected investments that together address the root causes of insufficient and ineffective use of data by country-level stakeholders and strengthen the overall data ecosystem. These are:

dLab: Promoting innovation and data literacy through a premier center of excellencehttp://www.dlab.or.tz

DLI Innovation Challenge: Identifying, networking and supporting youth and entrepreneurs to create data-driven innovations for real life problems http://dliinnovationchallenge.com

Global Partnership for Sustainable Development: Strengthening data-driven decision making to achieve the SDGs http://www.data4sdgs.org

Data Zetu: Making data meaningful and accessible to spark citizen action at the community level  www.datazetu.or.tz

DCLI Project Overview

The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) are partnering to support innovative approaches to ensure evidence-based decision-making for programs and policies that address HIV/AIDS, global health, gender equality and economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. In April 2015, the $21.8 million “Data Collaboratives for Local Impact” (DCLI) program was launched and the first two projects are underway in Tanzania. These projects are funded by PEPFAR and are being implemented by MCC. These projects will strengthen the availability and use of data to improve lives and empower citizens to hold governments and donors more accountable for results.

DCLI is aligned with broader U.S. government efforts to maximize the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance, and with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data to provide a practical country-level demonstration of how the data revolution will enhance efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).For more details,click here.