Data for Development: Powering Evidence-Based International Aid with Mobile Technology

03/08/2016, Washington, DC, USA

Join the Center for Data Innovation for a panel discussion on how policymakers and international development organizations can take advantage of new opportunities to collect and apply data to improve the effectiveness of international aid. The adage “You can’t manage what you can’t measure” is especially applicable to the international development community in which donor countries and their implementing partners seek maximum impact with limited resources. Historically government and nonprofits have lacked the necessary technological infrastructure to collect performance data, leaving policymakers at a disadvantage when it comes to program evaluation and management. This technological gap is narrowing…more

Joint Statistical Meetings in Chicago

30/07/2016 – 04/08/2016, Chicago, IL, USA
The JSM is the largest gathering of statisticians held in North America with more than 6,000 attendees from 52 countries and over 600 sessions. Topics range from statistical applications to methodology and theory to the expanding boundaries of statistics, such as analytics and data science. JSM also offers a unique opportunity for statisticians in academia, industry, and government to exchange ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration. Beginning statisticians (including current students) are able to learn from and interact with senior members of the profession…more

United Nations Regional Meeting on Disability Measurement and Statistics in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme

26/07/2016 – 28/07/2016, Bangkok, Thailand

The United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific, is organizing a Regional Meeting on Disability Measurement and Statistics in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme. The objectives are to: (i) review and discuss national experiences in approaches taken to measure the population with disabilities during national censuses of the 2010 round; (ii) discuss strategies for compilation of data on disability for monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals particularly in the context of the regional Incheon Strategy, a framework regarding persons with disabilities in the Asia and Pacific region; and (iii) share national experiences among participating countries and foster intra-regional cooperation aimed at enhancing national capacity in disability measurement and improving the quality of data for monitoring of the SDGs…<a href="http://unstats.un.org/unsd/events/eventsdetail.cshtml?i=371"

Adaptation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Role of Development Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific

21/07/2016, New York, USA

5th Biennial High-Level Meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum Side Event: Adaptation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Role of Development Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific is organized by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS). Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP will moderate the session. The panel will include finance ministers and senior Ministers from the Asia-Pacific region, an expert, and a private sector and a CSO representative…more

High Level Political Forum Side Event: Implementing the SDGs: Taking stock of the challenge and starting to measure progress

20/07/2016, New York, USA

In partnership with Bertelsmann Stiftung, Project Everyone and UN Academic Impact, the event will provide an opportunity for Ministers and country representatives to discuss their progress and challenges with SDG implementation. In addition, it will feature the launch of the SDSN’s and Bertlesman Stiftung’s new report – The SDG Index and Dashboard. The Index is a tool to support countries to take stock of their current standing on the SDGs and to encourage an evidence based national dialogue on implementation…more

How can we strengthen CRVS systems as a means to improving gender equality?

19/07/2016, New York, USA

Over the past few years, the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) agenda has gained much attention and momentum as witnessed by the establishment of various initiatives such as the Global Financing Facility and the Africa Programme on Accelerated Programme on CRVS (APAI-CRVS), greater investment by countries like Canada and Norway and apparent interest and linkages with the health sector. However, as discussed in a recent seminar held at the Center for Global Development, seeing the importance of CRVS systems through a gender lens has only started, and requires much improvement. In this context, PARIS21, alongside the Republic of the Philippines, Global Affairs Canada, UN Economic Commission for Africa and Data2X, are pleased to use the opportunity of the High-Level Political Forum to host an event to dig deeper into the challenges, opportunities and solutions to strengthening CRVS systems as a means to improving gender equality…more

New Tools to Harness the #DataRevolution for Sustainable Development

18/07/2016, New York, USA

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data cordially invites you to join us at a high-level event co-hosted by several of its proud members, including the governments of Colombia, Philippines, Sierra Leone and United States of America.The event will feature a diverse set of high-level speakers representing international institutions, government, civil society and business. The Partnership will unveil a new Data4SDGs Toolbox and several of its members will announce ambitious new commitments to harness the data revolution for sustainable development…more

Many Questions, Many Answers

Two questions — “What is the data revolution?” and “How is it affecting people’s lives?” — lead to many more questions. The world is generating data at an ever increasing rate. What is it good for? Who benefits? Will poor countries be left out?

Measuring Peaceful, Just And Inclusive Societies: Launch Of The SDG16 Data Initiative

14/07/2016, New York, USA

Organized by SDG 16 Data Initiative: International IDEA, Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), Namati, Open Society Foundations (OSF), Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Saferworld, Results for Development (R4D), Small Arms Survey (SAS), Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network, Transparency International, and World Justice Project (WJP), this side event at the UN’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development marks the launch of the SDG16 Data Initiative, a partnership for the compilation and publication of existing statistical indicators for measuring SDG16, supported by some of the world’s foremost experts, organizations and data providers on these issues. This launch event will present this new SDG16 platform, showcasing the best available data on all the SDG16 targets and prompting a new global dialogue on the collective challenges and opportunities for measuring progress towards SDG16 at all levels…more