COVID-19 Data & Innovation Centre: Visualize the effects of the pandemic and the potential solutions

Dec 7, 2020

Bogota, December 3rd, 2020 – In partnership with the UN COVID-19 Multi-Partner Trust Fund and support from the Tableau Foundation, Cepei created the COVID-19 Data & Innovation Centre, a platform to share experiences, knowledge, innovative strategies, and recommendations through data visualizations.

The COVID-19 Data & Innovation Centre identifies and prioritizes policies and current information about the socio-economic recovery in low and middle-income countries and the availability of financial resources to make better decisions when implementing national and local strategies to respond to the crisis.

Thanks to Tableau’s technology, it is possible to visualize the pandemic’s effects on a global, national, and local level and find recovery indicators, analysis, special modules, and interactive maps that relate the multiple variables to understand the impact of the pandemic better. These will be available to download in formats such as JPG, PDF, or PowerPoint.

Argentina, Colombia, Cameroon, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, and Vietnam are some of the participating countries in the COVID-19 Data & Innovation Centre. Platform users will find these countries’ actions and strategies to address the pandemic’s socio-economic, environmental, and health aspects in the National Terminals. So far, Colombia, Rwanda, and Nigeria have available data. Information for other countries will be published soon.

The data in the platform is framed by the five United Nations Development System pillars related to the pandemic response: Health First, Protecting People, Economic Response & Recovery, Macroeconomic Response & Multilateral Collaboration, Social Cohesion & Community Resilience as well as other cross-cutting dimensions such as Gender Equality and Green Recovery.

The COVID-19 Data & Innovation Centre allows users to visualize the data dashboards in contrast with social, demographic, educational, and health variables, among others. Thus, in the Data Terminal, the following can be found:

1. COVID-19 related to mobility (in the case of Colombia).
2. The socioeconomic recovery and response plans developed by low-and-middle income countries to address COVID-19 around the world.
3. The United Nations resources allocation for the recovery of low- and middle-income countries.
4. The overall picture of education worldwide, understanding the changes in the learning cycle of children, adolescents, and young people.
5. Natural disasters and risks during the pandemic.
6. The increase in equity gaps as a result of the pandemic in the countries of the Global South.

More information will be available at the COVID-19 Data & Innovation Centre, and all the data seen through the visualizations will change as time goes by. Please make sure to keep checking the Centre in the future if you need to update any information you have downloaded.

About the launch of the COVID-19 Data & Innovation Centre

The launch featured high-level speakers known for their efforts in the sustainable and human development field, who provided their views about the importance of data to recover better from the pandemic.

Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations; Adam Selipsky, President and CEO of Tableau; Lydie Hakizimana, CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS); Anita Bhatia, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women; Sheila Warren, Head of Data Policy and Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum and Philipp Schönrock, Director of Cepei, participated in the event.

More than 250 people around the world learned how real-time data could influence better decision making to effectively allocate resources in the recovery phase of the pandemic in the Global South countries.

The COVID-19 Data & Innovation Centre “Has a central role to play as we respond to and recover from this crisis. We need more evidence and more knowledge, and we need it coming from all stakeholders – those making policy and those who are living it”, stated Mohammed during her speech, adding that “This Data and Innovation Centre will help tell the story of what is happening across geographies, including the Global South, economic sectors, and diverse groups of people… As an open platform, its value increases through the well-known network effect. In other words, the more data contributors and consumers the Centre has, the greater the benefit to us all”. 

On the other hand, Selipsky highlighted that “the Centre is an initiative for decision makers to improve the lives of people in the midst of the pandemic.”

Finally, Philipp Schönrock invited everyone to be part of this great initiative: “We never work alone. Cepei has the privilege of having partners, allies and donors to produce high quality information.”

To find out more about this project, visit, check out the One-pager or watch the video. We have also made the recording of the launch available here.