Open Data Watch is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded by three development data specialists. It monitors progress and provides information and assistance to guide implementation of open data systems. The Open Data Watch team has unparalleled experience in development data management and statistical capacity building in developing countries and is committed to making open data a reality in all countries and development agencies.

July 2019

This month began with the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) where UN member states and specialized agencies reviewed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. ODW co-hosted a side event with the International Women’s Deprivation Measures Agency and UN Women to discuss disaggregated data and new measurement approaches. End-month, ODW and the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems at IDRC released the second Knowledge Brief on gender and CRVS.

June 2019

In early June, ODW was in Vancouver for “Women Deliver 2019” – the largest gender equality conference with over 8,000 attendees – to advocate for a strong focus on gender data and CRVS. June also saw the launch of PARIS21’s “Statistical Capacity Development Outlook Report” and SDSN’s “2019 Africa SDG Index.” End-June saw many groups preparing for the upcoming high-level political forum in New York City.

State of Gender Data Financing 2019

Spanning the 17 goals, 169 targets and 232 indicators of the SDGs is a promise “to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.” Advancing that goal touches many domains – from labor opportunities to reduced maternal mortality to increased representation in political life. This paper finds that the current gap in financing the needed core data on gender in lower-income countries is between $170M-$240M a year between now and 2030. It suggests a way to increase total funding and improve existing funding flows for higher impact.

#ThePowerOf CRVS for Gender Equality

More than 8,000 participants gathered in Vancouver, Canada for the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls – Women Deliver. IDRC, Data2X and ODW brought civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) into the discussions.

May 2019

In May, Open Data Watch (ODW) traveled to Ottawa to participate in discussions on civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) with its partners at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and to attend the Open Government Partnership Global Summit. ODW was also pleased to take part in the launch of the State of Open Data:…

April 2019

This month, Open Data Watch co-hosted an event titled “Resources for Data & Statistics: Transformative Opportunities” on the sidelines of the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. The Bern Network also held its second meeting in Washington, D.C. to encourage discussions on more and better financing of development.…

March 2019

This month at the time of the 50th Session of the UN Statistical Commission, Open Data Watch released the latest Open Data Inventory assessing the coverage and openness of official statistics. The 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women discussed social protection and access to public services for women and girls. ODW with Data2X released “Bridging the Gap: Mapping Gender Data Availability in Africa”…