Over 1,500 statisticians, researchers, academics, civil society leaders, nerds – and me – converged on Cape Town last week. We all had one thing on our mind: data.

The first United Nations World Data Forum brought together people from more than 100 countries to discuss how we can track and monitor the sustainable development goals.

Many of the 17 sustainable development goals cover issues that are the bread and butter of Africa Check’s work. We regularly fact-check claims about poverty, hunger, health, education, gender inequality, economic growth, energy and infrastructure. The statistics produced to monitor these goals feeds our daily work.

The four-day forum was jam-packed with presentations from new and exciting projects from around the world. Here were the top three that caught my attention.

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