NEWS5 April 2017

BBC Media Action launches data portal

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UK – The BBC’s international development charity, BBC Media Action, has launched an interactive online data portal providing information and insight on those living in developing countries.

The portal features reports, visualisations, tools and data from BBC Media Action’s research which covers more than 100,000 people in 13 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East over the past five years.

The information is organised by country and theme – currently governance, resilience and media and more will be added in the coming months. The type of questions it can answer are: who do people trust in their community as sources of information; how much do people trust their local and national governments; do they feel prepared for extreme weather?

Sonia Whitehead, BBC Media Action’s head of research, said: “Audiences are at the heart of everything. We support the principle of open data and I’m really excited to share the rich insights which can be gained from this data with as many people as possible.

“The primary aim of the data portal is to provide people working in international development with information to help them design effective strategies with people at their heart, but the data will also be useful to anyone wanting to understand what people in these developing countries think, feel and want.”

BBC Media Action’s goal is to help people make sense of events, engage in dialogue and take action to improve their lives. It works with broadcasters, governments, non-governmental organisations and donors to share reliable, timely and useful information.