This report “Data for Development: the road ahead” describes the discussions held at an workshop in Montevideo in March 2020, an initiative that we co-hosted with ILDA and counted with the participation of many partners that came together to build bridges between different silos and explore a more systemic view of the data society from a Southern perspective. It is also part of our renewed commitment to support a research community in the global South that will drive new data-driven innovations, better governance and a more efficient infrastructure in the next decade. We need to support the creation, collection and availability of key development data, making sure that we help to develop this core infrastructure in a way that it recognizes vulnerable populations and their needs.