Virtual Data Camp Simulates the Repercussions of the COVID19 Pandemic on Youth in the Arab Region #breakthedistance

09 Nov 2020
  •     Virtual Data Camp Simulates the Repercussions of the                            COVID19 Pandemic on Youth in the Arab Region #breakthedistance


The Arab Development Portal launched the fourth edition of Visualize 2030, calling upon youth in the Arab region to visualize a data-driven story within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. The Arab Development Portal is an initiative of the Coordination Group of Arab, National and Regional Development Institutions (CG), the Islamic Development Bank and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).



Visualize 2030 is the first SDGs youth data camp in the Arab region, which aims to encourage the consumption of data by youth in support of innovative thinking around development priorities to advance and enhance their technical and analytical capacity to produce audio-visual content on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The data camp is an open space that grants young people the freedom to interact with learning material, technical expertise and experience interaction with their peers.

This year, we are pleased to launch the 2020 Visualize 2030 in collaboration with several international and regional organizations and institutions such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP), the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ).


In Focus: The Impact of COVID19 Pandemic on Youth in the Arab Region

The Visualize 2030 data camp comes in light of a global health crisis with repercussions of the COVID19 pandemic on the social, economic and political levels. The outbreak of COVID19 affected
110 million young men and women (aged 15-29 years), who were already suffering from major challenges mainly related to unemployment, access to learning opportunities and other basic services, community participation and discrimination.


This year, the camp will address the repercussions of the COVID19 outbreak, especially in the fields of heath, education, job opportunities, the environment, and the resulting lockdown measures within the framework of the 2030 Agenda.


The 2020 Visualize 2030 Revamped!

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 and after assessing the risks and challenges of holding the regular camp, the ADP team will be moving towards a virtual five-week camp, keeping the same standards, same goals and same high expectations. Visualize 2030 will bring together the top 100 applicants and convey the stories and vision of young men and women about the future of their country and the effects of the COVID19 pandemic on education, health, job opportunities and other sectors.

During the camp, the teams will work under the supervision and guidance of trainers and data analysts, aiming to enhance participants' knowledge of the techniques needed to build a solid and appealing data-driven storyline. During the camp, participants will have the opportunity to attend lectures and interactive sessions on data visualization and analysis tools, key challenges to data production, and other topics that will be presented by regional and international speakers.


The multidisciplinary evaluation committee will assess the final outputs of the teams and highlighting the importance of advocating for and disseminating the data-driven findings/products through the booming social media platforms. The final ceremony and announcement of the winners will take place at the end of the camp to win valuable cash prizes of USD 8000 for the first prize, USD 5000 for the second prize, and USD 3000 for the third prize.

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