What problem are you trying to solve?
The world is changing; Brexit and the American election results show us movements of growing conservatism on both sides of the Atlantic, and countries in Africa, like Kenya, make the shift from low- to middle-income countries. These developments will cause major shifts in the financing of the Aids response. Therefore it is more important than ever to show what we contribute, and how, with the funds we receive. In many countries, it is unknown which people are most affected by hiv and important aspects are not measured. In addition, existing data remain unused because they are not released, not well documented, or simply not available at the level of detail needed for decision making.At the same time there is more and more data available to demonstrate the results we achieve. The challenge here is to make smart use of the available information. By investing in smart data usage, we can now make the right choices to put an end to Aids in 2030.
Describe your solution to this problem
In 2017, Aidsfonds has launched an open data platform called Zoom. Zoom enables users to get more insight through using multiple datasets of different sources to understand where our help is most needed. Zoom enables us to make data-informed decisions to improve hiv and Aids interventions; build and analyse evidence to showcase results; and build a comprehensive overview of the hiv and Aids response by sharing data among partners and filling the data gaps.
Zoom shows us the vast amount of data that is being produced by various sources in the hiv/Aids response. Public and government-owned data does not always correspond to programmatic and community-owned data. Through the data mapper functionality in Zoom, users are able to structure these different sources of data, and compare and analyse evidence. This makes it a valuable tool for partners to use in evidence-informed advocacy.
Why are you going to win The Spindle Award for Best Innovation?
For over 30 years, the world has been working to end Aids. These three decades have shown that it takes a wide variety of partnerships and approaches to stop the spread of hiv and prevent fatalities. With Zoom, we strongly believe that we take a huge next step in our common mission to end Aids. The platform will precisely contribute to facilitating a more inclusive strategic dialogue as well as support more targeted interventions, which hopefully increases the impact of our common efforts.