Data For All Initiative

DFA contributes to the realization of national development priorities, the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda by assisting Member States to achieve sustainable development through strengthening data and statistical systems for evidence-based policy formulation. The DFA implementation strategy and action plan is based around key lessons learned over the past 30 years, supporting data-driven initiatives:


    Lesson 1: Innovative, Nationally-Owned Tools for Monitoring Indicators.


    Lesson 2: Tool Development Strategy.


    Lesson 3: Statistical Standards with Flexibility for National Customization.


    Lesson 4: Implementation Principles.


    Lesson 5: Brand Strategy.


Open Data

DFA endorses the concept that public socioeconomic human development data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.

Open Source

DFA is built with open source software in compliance with the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL 1.0) to promote collaboration and sharing of innovations through a community of users.  To review the open source technology stack any software application, please have a look at the product profiles or the comprehensive DFA Tech Stack  document in the resource library.


Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange
DFA supports SDMX for the standardization of statistical business processes for the exchange of statistical data and metadata in the context of the 2030 Agenda.


Data Documentation Initiative 
DFA supports the international DDI standard for describing socioeconomic data produced by surveys and other observational methods to help document the source of the data, including its conceptualization, collection, processing, distribution, discovery, and archiving.


International Aid Transparency Initiative
DFA supports the IATI standards for publishing information on development cooperation activities in a transparent, timely, comprehensive and forward-looking manner, with a focus on how national development programmes use donor funding.


Open Geospatial Consortium 
DFA collaborates with the OGC community of more than 500 commercial, governmental, nonprofit and research organizations worldwide in the use of open standards for geospatial content and services.