When the data collected by the NGO’s is combined with data from the mobile devices carried by the citizens, social data from applications like Facebook For Every Phone, world food market data and with the public data of the (local) governments, big data can truly have a long term impact on poverty by the insights that can be derived from such a vast amount of data.
Big data offers many opportunities for the developing world to beat poverty, but it will require different organisations to work together in order to achieve lasting results. In addition, the joining organisations should ensure transparency and availability of the data. Transparency will stimulate awareness of the possibilities, ensure data accountability and reduce bureaucracy and corruption. Availability of the data will ensure that multiple data sources can be fused, such as CDRs, open data, social data, government data, NGO data and corporate data, to create valuable and relevant new insights that will truly have a long term impact.
Technology has changed not only how we produce, and connect but also allows more humans to create and test new objects and ideas, reducing the costs and risks of innovation, and product development, also in poor and developing countries.