Unlocking data and AI solutions for social impact

Data Insights for Social & Humanitarian Action, also known as Disha, is a multi-partner initiative that aims to accelerate ethical and responsible access to data and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to unlock social impact at scale.

By facilitating the availability of reusable data through reliable models, standardised approaches and frameworks, Disha enables the creation and expansion of actionable insights. These insights are designed to support more effective and inclusive efforts in humanitarian work, peacebuilding and development. 


Disha in Action

The world is experiencing an unprecedented moment of fragility and uncertainty. Climate-fuelled natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods have become increasingly frequent and intense while conflicts in numerous regions persist without resolution. 

After a sudden-onset disaster, the humanitarian community needs to quickly develop an accurate assessment of the situation on the ground by gathering critical data, evaluating the impact of the disaster, and identifying the most pressing requirements for affected communities. By efficiently carrying out these tasks, it is possible to facilitate more effective and targeted response efforts, ensuring that assistance reaches those in need in a timely manner. 


Our Partners

Led by UN Global Pulse, Disha brings together a coalition of partners including Google.org, the Jain Family Institute, McKinsey & Company, the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Satellite Centre (UNOSAT) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Join Us

If you’re interested in partnering with us or learning more about Disha, you can contact us at disha@unglobalpulse.org