Global Development Commons (GDC)
A digital ideas platform to support child-focused Sustainable Development Goals
On behalf of UNICEF and the Lancet COVID-19 Commission, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Global Development Commons (GDC).
The GDC is an open-access digital platform to crowdsource real-time evidence and innovations to support child-focused Sustainable Development Goals. The inspiration behind the platform is to create a space for cross-sectorial discussion and problem-solving. It will be publicly accessible to Governments, policy makers, child protection specialists, frontline workers as well as to students, professors, and researchers.
Now more than ever, with COVID-19, we are witnessing the importance the digital plays in connecting us. We are reliant on digital forms of communication and management, both, at the personal and the professional levels, to collaborate, learn and share ideas. We see the GDC as a technological contribution from UNICEF towards supporting the SDGs as we enter the Decade of Action.
Today, we would like to invite each of you, especially our UNICEF colleagues on the ground and at the country-level, to use the GDC to share your ideas and knowledge about what works for children. Your perspectives and feedback are of great value to the platform. Gathering information from those who understand first hand what we are doing right or what can be improved will help us all by shedding light on possible solutions to our everyday challenges. Use this digital real-estate to ask the hard questions, foster conversations and to find the resources you need to support your everyday work.
The GDC is also home to a space for front line workers, decision makers and young people to ask and answer questions, in real-time. The collective intelligence we can crowdsource on the GDC can better inform our work and by extension, the decisions we make for children.
We would like to encourage the humanitarian and development communities to harness the power of the GDC to build a better world, for every child, everywhere.