We use data to address some of the world's greatest humanitarian issues.

More than two billion people use Facebook, generating data that can be used in privacy-preserving ways to help communities around the world. When data is shared responsibly with the communities that need it, it can improve wellbeing and save lives.

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How our data helps

When data is shared responsibly with the groups that need it, it improves how non-profits do their work, how researchers learn, and how policies are developed.

Our Approach

Our Tools

We use a variety of technical tools to help our partners access and use data for disaster response, health, connectivity, energy access, and economic growth. Privacy is built into all of our products by default; we aggregate and de-identify information from Facebook, and we don't share anyone's personal information.

Disaster Maps

Near real-time data on evacuations, displacement, and network connectivity access is shared with disaster response agencies.

Electrical Distribution Grid Maps

A predictive model to map electrical distribution infrastructure, built collaboratively with publicly-available data.

Future of Business Survey

Timely insights on the status of online small businesses around the world, particularly those owned by women.

Insights for Impact

Analysis of public conversations about particular topics on Facebook to help inform social outreach campaigns.

Population Density Maps

Satellite-imagery generated maps are used to improve health supply distribution, disaster response, and rural electrification planning.

The Inclusive Internet Index

Metrics that illustrate internet accessibility and inclusivity in rural communities.

Disease Prevention Maps

Facebook Disease Prevention Maps are designed to help public health organizations close gaps in understanding where people live, how people are moving, and the state of their cellular connectivity, in order to improve the effectiveness of health campaigns and epidemic response.

In the debates about privacy and data use, it can be easy to forget that private sector data, when shared in a responsible, privacy preserving way, can save lives and improve wellbeing. Through our Data for Good partnerships, Facebook is proud to work with many of the world's leading humanitarian organizations to help them act more quickly and reach more people during natural disasters and disease outbreaks. We look forward to expanding this work in partnership with communities around the world.”

Nick Clegg, VP of Global Affairs and Communications, Facebook

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