Project 8: Global platform, greater good
Global development organizations and researchers now have a single online platform and community for collaborating on topics of basic human needs.
Food. Water. Energy. Demand for these basic human needs is shifting as populations continue to grow and become more urban.
With the global population estimated to reach 8 billion by 2030, we cannot wait to plan for human needs, sustainability and growth. What we need is an integrated view of how to tackle these global issues – and support future generations.
Project 8 is making that possible.
Project 8 (P8) offers global development organizations and researchers a single online platform and community: For accessing and analyzing data. Sharing exciting findings. And collaborating on important topics – from food security to the future of agriculture.
Global problems require global solutions. For the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Foundation and several other organizations, working to predict and plan for the future was nothing new. But their efforts had been isolated – based on their own data, projections and mathematical models.
Leaders from these institutions – as well as Accenture, Nielsen, Salesforce, The Conference Board and The Demand Institute – saw a pressing need for global collaboration. With the ability to share data, organizations would be better able to understand challenges, mobilize and align resources, and support effective decision- and policymaking.
These forward-thinking organizations teamed up to create Project 8 – a global platform that serves as a repository for global data and exchange of ideas. By connecting data from many organizations, Project 8 is closing the research and data gap in the global development sector.
Project 8 is also a digital collaboration tool. This online community provides a space for those tasked with figuring out future human needs to collaborate on the predictive science behind human needs modeling.
Through the platform’s intuitive interface, P8 participants can ask experts questions, discuss exciting findings, access visualization tools or collaborate on important topics such as food security or the future of agriculture. Interested in wheat production? Follow that thread or chat with global wheat experts. Have a new data set? Go to the analytics area of the site to upload data and then post an update to your colleagues’ circle, inviting them to take a look and manipulate the data for their own needs.
"By bringing researchers and data together in a more centralized tool, we’ll help the world collectively do a better job of planning to meet the needs of 8 billion people and beyond."
Since the program began, P8 has seen an 85% increase in experts using the platform and an 80% increase in datasets uploaded. This exceptional growth was highlighted at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2016, where partners across sectors expressed an eagerness to participate.
As P8 continues to grow, one point is clear: the sky is the limit. When the global research community across every sector increases collaboration and shares more data on sustainable development, it will unearth new insights on the interconnectedness of human needs – improving long-term planning and sustaining natural resources around the world.
It is no wonder that this global platform is gaining global attention. P8 is one of the first “data collaboratives” highlighted by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. The solution has also been praised by large government organizations, including the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Food Security, and major private sector organizations are ready to collaborate with other like-minded enterprises to grow the database.
"Data uploaded into Project 8 from all over the world increases monitoring and ensures better food security all over the world."