Leaving no one behind

(TA3.01) Counting People to Make People Count: The need for better data to ensure that no one is left behind

Auditorium 1 January 17, 2017 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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John Pullinger
Haishan Fu
Yusuf Murangwa
Francis Kariuki
Sofia Garcia Garcia
Mosharraf Hossain
Enrico Giovannini
Tony German
Patricia Conboy
Herve Ludovic De Lys
Dennis Wachinga
Judith Randel

This session provided an opportunity to get political momentum around data to deliver Agenda 2030. There are many areas that can be explored in detail though the breakouts, but this plenary session is a platform for the political message that we cannot achieve the goals UNLESS we have more and better quality data – that’s the revolutionary bit of the data revolution.

Messages should focus on the clear logic of Leave No-one Behind (LNB):
– you have to know who is included and who has missed out if progress is to be inclusive and we are to meet the mantra that “the goals are not met unless met for everyone”.
– that means data disaggregated at a minimum by quintile, geography gender, age and disability
– and it means using all the data we have, joining it up and making it useful for decision makers.

The outcomes we would like to plan for from this session at the World Data Forum are:
– acknowledgement of the logic of data to leave no one behind
– a recognition of the imperative for disaggregation and the need for data to respond to multiple and overlapping identities
– greater awareness of how data is not only about measuring but will help to deliver goals like reductions in stunting or access to education
– a culture that demands data which answers the question of whether the poorest and most excluded people have been included in progress
– recognition that financing better data is a productive investment, not an administrative cost