Civil Registration as a Tool for Women’s Empowerment

Irina Dincu, Senior Programme Specialist at the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems Thando Malambo, Programme Officer for Knowledge Translation at the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems On February 26th, the Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Systems at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and its partners hosted a high-level […]

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Tell me why it matters: connecting the dots between having data and seeing impact

  Emily Courey Pryor, Executive Director, Data2X Over the last five years, we have all worked hard to help data gain its place as a key part of the global development conversation. The UN World Data Forum is testament to this as data and statistics enthusiasts gather for the second time this October in Dubai. […]

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GRID3 Nigeria: Using geospatial infrastructure & population data in support of decision making and effective application of resources for development

Inuwa Ya’u, National Coordinator & Head of Secretariat, GRID3 Nigeria/National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Andat Dashe Dasogot, National Programme Analyst (Demography)/GRID3 Focal Point, UNFPA Nigeria & member of GRID3 Secretariat In 2012, Nigeria accounted for over half of all polio cases in the world, even though cases had fallen by over 99% globally […]

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“Leaving no one behind” – Beyond data disaggregation

Mamello Thinyane , United Nations University The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is framed around the bold and ambitious principle to “leave no one behind”, which aims to ensure that all people benefit from the gains of sustainable development. This principle of broad inclusion is motivated from the findings of the assessment of the […]

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Catalyzing the use and impact of official statistics for sustainable development

Deirdre Appel, Program Manager at Open Data Watch Tanya Sethi, Senior Research Analyst at AidData The first United Nations World Data Forum launched the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development (CTGAP), an ambitious yet essential commitment to innovate and modernize national statistical systems, among other priorities. As policymakers, development partners and other data […]

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Weighing the quality of big data for SDG monitoring

Shyam Upadhyaya, UN Industrial Development Organization Big data has raised big expectations among data users. Some users believe that real time data is readily available in large volumes, while official statistics are sparse and reported with a significant time lag. Against a backdrop of arguments about big data, some leaders of international development agencies see […]

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Can we harness the full power of data with half the world still offline?

Nnenna Nwakanma, Web Foundation The new oil, the new soil, the new nuclear power. There is plenty of room for debate about the role that data plays in today’s world. Whichever your favoured metaphor, it’s clear that data will have a profound impact on the development of societies in the coming years. The question for […]

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Producing reliable data for SDG 16: The case of conflict data

Håvard Mokleiv Nygård, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Håvard Strand, PRIO and University of Oslo In 2015, the United Nations stated unequivocally in the last progress report for the Millennium Development Goals that “conflict remains the largest obstacle to development”. Yet, reducing conflict and violence in the world was never a target in and of […]

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How to harness private data towards meeting the SDGs? The need for data stewards

Stefaan G. Verhulst, The GovLab (New York University) To meet the objectives set forth in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is clear, we need not only new solutions, but also new methods for arriving at solutions. Towards that end statistical agencies, for example, are increasingly looking to non-traditional data sources from the private […]

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GEO drives international cooperation on Earth data ahead of World Data Forum 2018

Steven Ramage, Group on Earth Observations In 2014, the UN Secretary General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development defined key actions that were needed to advance a data revolution in support of sustainable development. These actions included determining how key data gaps could be filled and strengthening national statistics […]

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How running away from home at 15 made me an advocate for the uncounted

Mark Hereward, Associate Director for Data & Analytics for UNICEF I ran away from home when I was 15. When I did, I removed myself from the radar of official statistics and counting. The last thing I wanted was to be noticed, noted and counted: my aim was to be quiet, on my own, invisible. […]

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