January 2020

2020 took off in full force with preparations for the ConVERGE conference scheduled for end-February at IDRC with UNFPA. The month also included the PARIS21 conference on innovation, New Approaches to Capacity Development for Better Data, as well as an event at George Washington University, Data as a Development Issue, that looked at how data can stimulate development. 

December 2019

2019 ended with an action-packed month to maximize the impact of open data around the world. ODW partnered with the Open Government Partnership for an Open Data Workshop with innovation practitioners from the Government of the Republic of Korea and also began sending out invitations for the upcoming ConVERGE: Connecting Vital Events Registration and Gender Equality conference in Ottawa in February…

November 2019

In November, the Data2X’s event, Big Data, Big Impact? The Future of Gender-Sensitive Data Systems was followed by a regional meeting on gender statistics in Accra that fell on African Statistics Day. The month ended with a workshop and training on how to improve open data within the General Authority for Statistics in Saudi Arabia…

October 2019

October saw meetings all over the world reinforce support for data-driven solutions and strong statistical capacity. PARIS21 and UN Women acted to strengthen national statistical systems and produce quality gender statistics. Palestine held a Data Festival to promote creative initiatives to improve decision making. An SDSN TReNDS event looked at how cities measure SDGs…

September 2019

September was a busy month for the development data community. Held in New York City, the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) brought together stakeholders, politicians, donors, and statisticians to discuss topics such as data interoperability, civil registration and vital statistics, and financing for data.

August 2019

While August is typically a quiet month as offices slow down to enjoy summer vacation, the development data community has kept busy. The 62nd International Statistical Institute World Statistics Congress 2019, a gathering of over 2,500 delegates comprised of statistical researchers, academia, industry practitioners, analysts, and policymakers, took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Additionally, organizations…

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.

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.…