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Shaping the future of Mobility: Data Governance for Sustainable Development

Today, the question is no longer if we have data; the questions have multiplied to: who has the responsibility to create value from data, and who makes use of this value and how? This is particularly true in the urban and sustainable transport sector. Without the use of mobility data, the potential savings of CO2 emissions in the Global South cannot be realized. Detailed data on movement patterns and mobility exist but are often not accessible to decision-makers and cities lack the know-how to use them correctly. There is a lack of concrete, data-based application examples to make the CO2 reduction and scaling potential in this area tangible. In this sense, the event aims at showcasing the importance of harnessing the power of more accurate data. Through better and more inclusive data collection, planning and monitoring, cities can kick-start transformative change in the transport sector by enabling data-driven decision making for a more sustainable future.

Angie Palacios



Tuesday, June 28, 2022


Urban Expo: Urban Library room
CAF - Development Bank of Latin America and TUMI – Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative
Transforming Cities through Innovative Solutions and Technologies
UL 8


The rapid development of digitization, new digital technologies and the data-driven economy have contributed to the exponential growth in data creation and consumption around the world (CAF, 2021). The European Union has estimated that approximately 90% of the data currently available has been generated in the last 2 years (Mohamed & Weber, 2020). However, although cities are making efforts to collect data, these are not necessarily being organized, centralized and focused on solving specific problems. The International Data Corporation (IDC) firm estimates that by the end of 2025, 80% of the world's data may be unstructured data.

Moreover, in some Latin American and Caribbean countries there is no consensus on the importance of taking advantage of data for the formulation of public policies and public sector entities claim to be significantly behind their peers regarding data and technology: 43% of these perceive themselves as lagging behind the Latin American and Caribbean average. This figure rises to 67% when compared to leading countries globally. Close to 40% do not have a digital transformation strategy, while this figure is 27% for the private sector (IDB, 2022).

Harnessing the power of more accurate data from concept to implementation through data collection, planning and monitoring supports transformative change in the transport sector by enabling data driven decision making. A recent investigation recognizes data as an asset for the generation of social and economic value, indicating that there could be a reduction of 15% in the cost of infrastructure services thanks to better use of data and digital technologies, and that this could increase the GDP of Latin America and the Caribbean by 6% in 10 years (IDB, 2020a).


  1. Provide an overview of the data ecosystem in Latin America; its stakeholders, processes, governance, values and expectations.
  2. Contextualize the data-driven policy making process in sustainable transport for Latin American cities, including its challenges and opportunities.
  3. Present the TUMI Data HUb and its conceptual framework, including the participatory approach used to source the most pressing questions in sustainable transport to then identify data collaboratives to solve them.

Session speakers

Ms. Carolina Urrutia
Secretary for the Environment for the City of Bogota
City of Bogota
Ms. Kalpana Viswanath
Co-Founder at Safetipin
MS. Hannah Silva
Project Manager
Innovation Lab of Fortaleza
Mr. Denis Paz Jimenez
Project and Business Development Manager
Trufi Association