What we need is a ‘data revolution’ – a fundamental change in the depth and use of knowledge about the most marginalised people in the world, and in their ability to use this knowledge to affect transformative change. The Cartagena Data Festival will bring together the people and organisations best equipped to make this happen.
What additional data is needed? How can this be collected? How are data used to make policy? How can people use data to hold governments to account? How can more and better data help to produce long-term, sustainable progress?
This three-day event, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation alongside other partners, will gather together policy makers, civil society organisations, technical innovators, academics and data activists to discuss and debate these questions. The festival takes place in the year before new global sustainable development goals take effect. There is no better time to start shaping innovations and building the relationships to implement and monitor these new goals – with better data at the heart.
The festival is hosted by ODI in conjunction with UNDP, UNFPA, CEPEI, PARIS21 and Data-Pop Alliance with the aim of providing an interactive information exchange for those who produce, analyse and use data. Up to 300 participants from across the globe will meet in Cartagena, Colombia, to come up with concrete solutions and practical tools.
The event will engage a variety of audiences, and different tracks focused on: accountability and citizen engagement, big data and new technologies, communicating and visualising data, emerging areas of measurement, official and national statistics and a technical data dive. These will run in parallel during the festival, with specialised partner organisations invited to develop the programmes for each track. View the agenda to see more and for information about how to get involved.
For more information visit the Development Progress website.
India and Israel share a unique partnership. It is both varied and comprehensive and is characterised by pragmatism and trust. It is transactional as well as strategic and has withstood the test of time and political transitions in both countries. The meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in September 2014 underscored the bonhomie between the leadership of the two nations. The subsequent visit to Israel by Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh in November 2014 clearly indicated the new Indian government's commitment towards the bilateral relationship.
This special report takes a closer look at some to intelligence sharing of the issues enumerated above with the objective of identifying areas where the relationship could be enhanced.
India and Israel are both powerful nations in their respective neighbourhoods and have considerable stake in ensuring their continued influence. Both the countries can therefore benefit from their bilateral engagements with China in view of its growing global economic influence. And while India, Israel and China each enjoy individual bilateral equations with the other two, given that both India and China are big markets for Israel and the India-China bilateral relationship seems to be growing steadily, possibilities of trilateral cooperation in the areas of defence, agriculture, water and energy can be explored.
India has for long been a victim of terrorism. It has suffered everything from left-wing extremism to separatist insurgency and state-sponsored cross-border terrorism. The Mumbai terror attack offers sufficient evidence of the inclination and capacity of terrorist groups to carry out commando-style attacks on key targets within Indian territory. With support from Rawalpindi, a terrorist attack on an Indian nuclear installation remains a clear and present danger.
Given the context, the study presents a comprehensive threat analysis of the nuclear security situation in India, the measures adopted by the Indian nuclear and security establishments in response, strengths and weaknesses and an overview of the best practices around the world in order to gauge India's nuclear security efforts. The study focuses on potential incidents involving the detonation of a nuclear explosive or use of weaponised nuclear devices, radiological dispersal devices (dirty bomb), and sabotage as well as insider threats to sensitive facilities.
The key findings of the study are:
- India, like other nuclear powers, faces serious threats in the realm of nuclear security
- threat perceptions among security agencies in various states in India present a mixed picture
- cyber attacks may be as important a threat to India's nuclear facilities as a direct physical assault
- on-site security and safety measures, including during the disposal of nuclear and radiological materials at the end of their life cycles, have been made more stringent
- unlike other recent evaluations, we assess that India's nuclear security measures are comparable to best practices globally
- one of the challenges facing India's agencies tasked with nuclear security will be their ability to respond quickly and effectively and in a coordinated manner during emergencies
- as India attempts to integrate with the international nuclear community, cooperation, both with individual countries and international organisations, is a key aspect
[Adapted from author]