What is big data?

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Big data has become a buzz word in the development lingo. Its origin is the United Nations high-level panel’s report on the post-2015 objectives.  The report details some priorities that the post Millennium Development Goals agenda should be focusing on from 2016 to enable countries to reduce poverty.

Its premise is that if governments and development organisations provide big data on various projects they are implementing, citizens may be able to assess their performance and hold them accountable. But what is big data?

Robert Hanna, the coordinator for Sanitation Water and People, explains:

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