The new NIRAS Digital Futures Hub was formed recently following the success of the NIRAS Data Futures Hub, which itself was only established in 2019. The new expanded Hub aims to provide both digital data and technology solutions for supporting the SDGs. It will operate by combining NIRAS in-house expertise and its networks across all fields in international development, data for development, digital innovation, IT, and engineering, with the right global and local expertise and partners for any specific challenge. The Hub is focussed out of the NIRAS offices in Africa and South Asia and has a unique set of values which drive its work:

• Digitisation is driven by data; enhanced approaches to data quality are even more important for decision-making in the digital era
• Innovation should not automatically be valued over good practice or improvements in traditional methods or data
• South-South cooperation is a primary goal where possible; we recognise the value of sharing home-grown knowledge and the building of local capacities
• We strive to disseminate learning publicly and contribute to the development of a global community of practice in digital data and tech solutions for the SDGs
• Learning from the digitisation of NIRAS’ internal processes leads to improved external products

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