ILDA was founded in 2012 as a research program that sought to promote and understand the use of open data in Latin America. Its work in this first stage had a strong focus on community and to leverage a research agenda that served the interests from Latin America. The main key to this process was an initial group of researchers who carried out the task of opening the field in the region in diverse areas such as education, public budget, public procurement or civic technology, among others.

In this new stage – as an organization since 2018 – ILDA seeks to renew its commitment to research to solve the most complex problems in Latin America, promoting reflection on how data will serve the development of our societies.

ILDA desarrolla esta actividad en base a su plan estratégico 2018-2020. Dentro de esta estrategia, a su vez, se encuentra desarrollando una búsqueda de nuevos perfiles y temas para trabajar en América Latina.

ILDA develops this activity based on its 2018-2020 strategic plan. Within this strategy, we are developing a search for new profiles and topics to work in Latin America.


To be a diverse and inclusive international Latin American organization that contributes to generating and using evidence to solve the most relevant problems in Latin America, based on the ethical use of data.


Ilda promotes inclusive development, public and social innovation and open knowledge, through openness, the use of public data and the active participation of the communities involved in Latin America.





About our work:


Organizations that finance us:

ILDA is an international civil association registered in Uruguay and has a non-profit organization equivalent. 

This is the list of organizations and projects that fund us per year:




Data for Development: Data for Development (D4D) is an IDRC initiative that seeks to understand aspects of governance and use of data for development. To learn more about the initiative please visit




EmpatIA: EmpatIA is a cooperation project that seeks to understand and develop new knowledge about the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to solve public problems.

Open Data for Development: aims to expand knowledge on femicides and data on migration.

Data, Artificial Intelligence and Society: Workshop held in Montevideo in March 2020, that brought together a group of experts from the Global South to discuss the current state of data for development. 

Global Data Barometer: The Open Data Barometer aims to understand the prevalence and impact of open data initiatives around the world through a detailed methodology that combines data from contextual technical evaluations and global reports.

IDRC, CAF, BID, Open Data Institute (Jamaica):

Regional Open Data Barometer: The Regional Open Data Barometer uses the Global Barometer methodology to understand the impact and trends of open data initiatives in Latin America. 


Mapping of violence against LGBTIQ+ people in Central America: This project aims at contributing to the improvement of the conditions to safeguard the life and integrity of LGBTIQ+ people, through the improvement of data that facilitates the implementation of security measures.



Inter-American Development Bank:

Femicide Data Standard: Project for the standardization of femicide data in Latin America, and it has advanced in two phases. The first one focused on the design of a research methodology that resulted in a guide to protocolize femicide identification processes, and the second phase consists of a new version of the Femicide Data Standard.

Open State and Open Data: Course for the training of public servants in Mendoza (Argentina) and AGESIC (Uruguay). A teaching staff was in charge of developing the contents and a group of tutors accompanied members of the civil service through five modules. 


Participation and equity in public procurement: We carried out two investigations on diversity and inclusion in public procurement in Latin America. The first one focused on the participation of women and the second investigation focused on citizen participation initiatives in public procurement. 

Local Open Contracting Initiatives: Local Open Contracting Initiatives (LOCI) supports stakeholders in local Open Contracting initiatives that strive to make public procurement more efficient, transparent and accountable.



Luminate / Omidyar:


Public Procurement: The objective of this alliance was to carry out actions to improve public procurement in Latin America and the Caribbean through open procurement. An effort to systematize the advances in the open data and civic technology agenda in Latin America.


OCDS Helpdesk: The technical help desk for the implementation of the Open Contracting Data Standard in Latin America was a joint project of ILDA and the Open Contracting Partnership.