Technology for Development

We recognize that technological solutions are increasingly playing a role in helping solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. The Elsevier Foundation has developed a new program area which harnesses the power of technology for good – recognizing the value of big data and the solutions it can power to benefit humanitarian work worldwide. Our goal is to support projects enabling data scientists to contribute their skills to tackle some of the toughest issues outlined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Supporting African entrepreneurs to develop home-grown innovations for health: this is the goal of Innovate for Life, an initiative launched by Amref Health Africa. The Elsevier Foundation is proud to support Amref’s goal to help early-stage entrepreneurs developing novel technological solutions. The Fund aims to bridge the gap between African entrepreneurs and international investors by offering deep subject matter knowledge, strong networks and access to funding.

DataKind has received a partnership grant to develop both high-impact DataCorps projects, and DataDive events. The programs aim to engage data science and social sector experts, addressing critical SDGs needs and investigating how data science can be applied to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Through the partnership, DataKind increases impact, scales technologies and reaches new communities, as well as the world’s leading data scientists.

Technology for Development News

Discovering the Art of the Possible for Machine Learning and Disaster Risk Management

September 4th, 2018

When a natural disaster strikes, knowing where people and buildings are is of the utmost importance for saving lives. The World […]

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You too can be a sexy data unicorn — and other lessons from my first DataDive

July 30th, 2018

Here are 5 surprising things I learned while covering a DataDive hackathon at Google’s NYC headquarters That was me with […]

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New in disaster science: using machine learning and maps to see who’s vulnerable

March 1st, 2018

DataKind partners with World Bank to help developing countries reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and climate changeNatural disasters are […]

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How data scientists are tackling hunger and social change

December 7th, 2017

You can’t feed the world with data – or can you? For an organization like FareShare, data can be a vital […]

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#DataDive UK: Follow data scientists and developers in a hackathon for charities

November 25th, 2017

Elsevier Foundation joins DataKind, ONE Campaign, FareShare and Christian Aid to use data for tackling poverty and justice, climate change […]

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TWAS-Elsevier award honours sustainability research

October 18th, 2017

Climate change has been a growing challenge for many of people living around Lake Turkana in northern Kenya. Hundreds of […]

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New Investment Fund for African Entrepreneurs in Health care

May 29th, 2017

Amsterdam, May 19, 2017: PRESS RELEASE Amref Health Africa, Africa’s leading health organisation launched an investment fund focused on the […]

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