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Project OPAL : big data at the service of development

big data illustration
The digitalization of the world is leading to production of mass data, or “big data”, which is drastically changing the economy. Utilization of this data, which are sometimes of a personal nature, is raising questions among the public. By financing Project OPAL, AFD wants to show that secured and ethical utilization of data coming from private enterprises is possible and that it can serve the cause of sustainable development. Pilot projects in both Colombia and Senegal are showing the way.
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Launch of the first urban cable car service in the Caribbean

cable car, Santo-Domingo, Dominican Republic
Eco-friendly and noiseless, the first urban cable car service in the Caribbean was launched in Santo Domingo on 22 May. AFD has supported the construction of this overhead line, which will link the outlying areas in the north-east to the centre, to tackle the capital’s expansion. It will fly over the Ozama river, which cuts part of the population off from the rest of the city. This new mode of travel will promote the social inclusion of city-dwellers and support interchange, while also reducing CO2 emissions.
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