The Data for Development Lab (D4D Lab) is a multi-disciplinary ‘Think and Do’ Lab implemented by The Cropper Foundation and TTLAB. The D4D Lab brings together civil society organisations, computer scientists, engineers, citizens and students in addressing the critical sustainability challenges that face Caribbean Small Island States.

The Caribbean does not have a good track-record on data-driven decision making. However, just the curation and production of data is not necessarily enough – the capacity of decision-makers and influencers to effectively utilise data is also critical to understand in the regional context. The D4D Lab is interested in looking at the data equation from both sides: what are the types of data that we need to collect to ensure that the realities of all groups are represented, when we measure development; and how best can this data be represented and used by the decision-makers and influencers around the Region.

Leveraging the opportunities that ever-increased rates of technological advancement accrue to society must also be a key for the Caribbean. With the advent of COVID-19, Caribbean SIDS are rapidly trying to undertake nationwide digitisation of critical services in the face of the ‘new normal.’ Artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, smart infrastructure and precision biology are all on the frontiers of this new technological age. The D4D Lab hopes to be a space where conversations can be started about how these approaches can be harnessed to enhance Caribbean sustainability.

By adopting an ecosystem approach, the D4D Lab will bring together civil society organisations, academic institutions, the State, technical agencies, practitioners and citizens to co-create technology and data-driven solutions to priority issues within the Caribbean.

The Data for Development Lab is co-managed by The Cropper Foundation, a non-profit organisation working for Caribbean sustainability and based in Trinidad and Tobago; and TTLAB, an independent body that serves to catalyse young scientists and engineers to leverage leading-edge research for solving local problems using Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics. The Lab is also advised by the EquiGov Institute, a leading Caribbean firm working in Data Privacy, Data Governance, Information Access, Transparency and Monitoring and Evaluation.

Current projects

AI for Agriculture

The Project ‘Farming Adaptation & Artificial Intelligence for Resilience (FAAIR)’ uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) models to develop an integrated suite of vegetation indices, deployed using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) over landscapes and farming systems characteristic of small-island states, while generating critically useful landscape-level data to support increased agroecological resilience to climate change.

Communi-TT Indicator Platform

Communi-TT is a data visualisation platform that aims to localise the SDGs, turning abstract global targets into actionable local goals. Being able to observe the local and global impact of their efforts gives community members ownership and control of development action, stimulating and sustaining a willingness to engage.

This Community Indicator System (CIS) is an online platform that turns this data into accessible, interactive displays for leaders and community members to track issues that matter locally. Informed by community members’ stated priorities, CIS platforms empower communities to collect and use data that connects their well-being to the SDGs.


Townhall is a citizen and civil society opinion platform that uses AI models of Natural Language Processing to rapidly collect, analyse and visualise people’s thoughts and feelings about development issues within Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean. In response to traditional approaches of civil society involvement in policy interventions at the State level, that often do not provide sufficient time and scope for deeper engagement with people’s thoughts and feelings on critical topics – Townhall will utilise AI to better represent public opinion to policymakers.

About our Partners

TTLAB was formed to serve several purposes, (a) to solve local industrial problems using leading-edge research and then to implement such solutions, (b) to provide our young scientists and engineers an environment to start or continue research and allow them to publish in their field which is beneficial if they plan to further their studies, and (c) to encourage interdisciplinary research in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics. Fellowships and Travel Grants for TTLAB members are fully funded by the Trinidad and Tobago Network Information Centre (TTNIC).

The EquiGov Institute Ltd is a Social Enterprise firm based in the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. They develop practical solutions and create space for critical thinking, combining values-driven consultancy, training, research and learning across key themes such as Data Privacy, Data Governance, Information Access, Transparency and Monitoring and Evaluation.


Think-Do Labs


Data for Development, Natural Capital, Civil Society Leadership