Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Data Protection and Privacy: Implications for Trade and Development

19/04/2016 – 20/04/2016, Geneva, Switzerland

As part of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) E-Commerce Week, this ad hoc expert meeting will contribute to ensure global communication on the subject to understand emerging topics in data protection and privacy, new challenges and opportunities, as it relates to unlocking the potential for cross-border trade. Industry players and consumers, as well as governments and international organizations will present their perspectives and outline the latest developments, current practices and relevant frameworks…more

Costing the Data Needed for New SDGs

Developing a clear estimate for the scale of resources needed for the statistical capacity of countries to produce the needed data for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is critical. Up to now, it has been a guessing game to a large extent, but now a team of development data experts has done a comprehensive assessment.

Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Development

Today, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network working with Open Data Watch and a group of experts from academia, non-profits, and international organizations published a report titled Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Development. The report is the most comprehensive effort to date to calculate the financial resources necessary to…

The Future of Development Data

14/04/2016, Washington, DC, USA 

Our community envisions a powerful role for data and technology in the post- 2015 development agenda. But what specific needs will we address first? Which data and tools are most important? And how do we use data to achieve results for real people? This panel, hosted by Development Gateway, Global Development Network, and Locus Analytics, will articulate perspectives on these issues from each element of the development data “ecosystem” — local-level data collection, analysis and visualizations, dissemination, and use for decision-making. The session will begin with a series of fast-paced, visual lightning talks by practitioners and researchers working toward data-driven development, followed by a lively debate and questions from the audience…more

Aid Agencies Committed to Transparency: So Who’s Delivered and Who Hasn’t?

13/04/2016, Washington, DC, USA

Every major donor organization has committed to open their books in terms of how aid is being spent and delivered. The deadline for delivering on these political commitments was December 2015. This joint Center for Global Development and Publish What You Fund event will reveal who has delivered on these promises and who has not, with the unveiling of the results of Publish What You Fund’s 2016 Aid Transparency Index, the leading global measure on the state of aid transparency…more

Rethinking development cooperation for the SDG’s: country-level perspectives and lessons

06/04/2016 – 08/04/2016, Brussels, Belgium

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) DCF Belgium High-Level Symposium will address two specific themes: (i) Making development cooperation a better fit for implementing the 2030 Agenda in LDCs and other vulnerable contexts; and (ii) Adapting development cooperation institutions to the implementation of the new agenda. It aims to produce concrete guidance in these areas to policy makers and practitioners. Its findings will also be used to bring the views of the diverse range of stakeholders to the deliberations in the 2016 Development Cooperation Forum and beyond. The ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development and the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) will take the deliberations of the DCF into account….more

Building a Strong Community of Innovative and Forward Looking Leaders in Official Statistics

06/04/2016 – 08/04/2016, Yaounde, Cameroon

The International Statistical Institute, in collaboration with the African Development Bank, have organized this workshop with the overarching objective to build a strong community of innovative and visionary leaders in official statistics who will be able to take advantage of the data revolution and respond to the demands of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. The Workshop will focus on enhancing the leadership and managerial skills of top managers and will offer a platform for exchanging the best practices and innovations amongst peers. It will be built around discussions on the latest developments in statistical practice with the aim of improving the quality of national statistical systems. Innovative strategies for structural improvements of statistical offices and systems will be discussed…more

Partnering for Progress: Building Statistical Systems That Get Us to 2030

05/04/2016 – 07/04/2016, Paris, France

The PARIS21 Annual Meetings fall just shortly after the UN Statistical Commission where PARIS21 expects to agree on an indicator framework for measuring the SDGs. This year, in addition to updating you on our accomplishments and plans for the coming year, PARIS21 plans to organise a “tradeshow” where various partners can showcase and present their existing or new projects and initiatives that contribute to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals agenda. PARIS21 will also hold two lively discussions on The Value of Data: From measurement to policy change and impact and the Changing Data Landscape: What impact and consequences for the PARIS21 Partnership?…more