DIGITALISATION, INFORMED DECISION-MAKING, EMPOWERMENT, INCLUSIVENESS & THE RIGHTS-BASED APPROACH

An important advantage of digitalization and remote sensing, in particular, is that it facilitates informed decision-making, can serve as an instrument for empowerment (increased transparency), and supports inclusiveness. But how is this put into practice and take existing power relations into account? Especially in the context of tackling poverty, many factors play a role and […]

DIGITAL BUILDING BLOCKS TO GO BEYOND PILOTS FOR FOOD SECURITY

Most geodata applications for food security are still in the pilot stage. Geodata specialists tend to look to general digitalization initiatives for inspiration. The idea is to learn from them as they started earlier and are supposedly more advanced. Is this true? Apparently not, if you look at the latest World Bank report on digital […]

GEODATA FOR AGTECH AND FINTECH

There is quite some interest in geodata applications for inclusive finance for smallholder farmers. The idea is that financial institutions can make their operations more effective and more efficient. Geodata companies are looking for a combination of new markets and solving societal problems. Applications are credit scoring, assessment of repayment rate and time, geo-location of […]

ENVIRONMENTAL ACCOUNTING, ON THE DASHBOARD OR IN THE TRUNK?

Fortunately, the attention for environmental accounting and ecosystem accounting is growing. We need more systems for inclusive measurement, monitoring and evaluation. There are many initiatives: On environmental and ecosystem accounting, such as the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA) (here), The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) (here) and Earth Observation for Ecosystems Accounting (EO4EA) […]