MCC-PEPFAR Partnership

Photo: Mobile and internet connection is on the rise in sub-Saharan Africa, fueling the data revolution and improving lives.

Mobile and internet connection is on the rise in sub-Saharan Africa, fueling the data revolution and improving lives.

  • Value: $21.8 million
  • Duration: April 2015-2018
  • Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Funding: PEPFAR
  • Oversight: MCC
  • Implementation: Country-led


Logo: MCC PEPFAR Data Collaboratives for Local Impact

The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) have partnered to support innovative and country-led approaches that promote evidence-based decision-making for programs and policies that address HIV/AIDS, global health, gender equality, and economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa. The $21.8 million Data Collaboratives for Local Impact (Data Collaboratives) program was launched in April 2015 with funding from PEPFAR and oversight by MCC.

Data Collaboratives projects are strengthening the availability and use of data to improve lives and empower citizens to hold governments and donors more accountable for results. The program aligns with broader U.S. government efforts to maximize the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance and with the Global Data Partnership’s efforts to promote data collaboration to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Harnessing the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

As a global community, it is essential that we use the data we have to drive decision-making, promote mutual accountability and transparency, and ensure our efforts have a clear and deliberate impact on sustainable development.  We have an abundance of data, and our collective challenge and opportunity is to make these data open, understandable, and actionable. Data helps to highlight and prioritize opportunities for collaboration among global, national, and sub-national stakeholders to achieve specific development targets, local impact, and most importantly, to improve lives. However, data in sub-Saharan Africa remains constrained, particularly at the sub-national level where development needs are often greatest, yet capacity to use data to inform, drive and measure development is most limited.

Country-Based Design and Implementation

Diagram: country-based design for MCC and PEPFAR partnership projects

Source: MCC

Data Collaboratives projects are informed by collaboration with local and international stakeholders. MCC and PEPFAR performed assessments of country-level data and open data ecosystems, focusing on key areas discovered during scoping: data generation and sharing (supply), data access and use (demand), technical capacity within the country, and the overall enabling policy, political and cultural environment. Country-based implementation partners were selected through a competitive open contracting process to adapt projects to local needs, to increase capacity of local partners and to ensure sustainability.

MCC’s Expertise in Data

MCC has developed extensive experience setting up country-led programs inspired by data and using data to inform decision-making for better outcomes. MCC is a world leader in data transparency, ranked as the second-most transparent aid organization in the world according to Publish What You Fund’s 2016 Aid Transparency Index.

MCC is committed to ensuring that the exponential pace of the data revolution enables more inclusive growth, innovation, and participation by communities that have pressing development needs and could benefit from greater data and technology capacity to use data and technology.

PEPFAR’s Expertise in Data

PEPFAR is using and sharing data in unprecedented ways for greater transparency, accountability, and impact. To do the right things in the right places right now, PEPFAR is using data to strategically target geographic areas and populations with the highest HIV burden to accelerate progress toward epidemic control.

PEPFAR is also opening its data through the PEPFAR Dashboards, enabling all to view, download and utilize PEPFAR data to optimize program effectiveness and foster mutual accountability. PEPFAR is committed to putting data at the center of decision-making and achieve the greatest impact for investments toward achieving an AIDS-free generation.

Tanzania Data Lab (dLab)

Lead Partner

University of Dar es Salaam University Computing Center (UCC), Tanzania

Other Partners

SBC4D, Open Data Institute, Intrahealth.


Carol Ndosi, dLab Managing Director


The Tanzania Data Lab will be an open work space where data from multiple sectors and sources can be combined, processed, and shared to drive better policies and decision-making. The Lab will be a center of activity, connecting the data revolution to national priorities, global commitments, and diverse programs and investments. It will serve as an anchor for the DCLI program, enabling data analysis and use to become more prominent in decision-making in Tanzania.

Lab activities will include training in data literacy and analysis, focused content-area data analytics, and the development of “use cases” to showcase how data can be used to improve lives. The Data Lab will support the development of a roadmap, assisting Tanzania in monitoring progress toward meeting the SDGs.


Cooperative agreements signed in March 2016; implementation underway.

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