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PARIS21: Engineering a Development Data Revolution

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM


To “leave no one behind”, we need a development data revolution. Despite much progress since the MDGs were launched, more effort is needed to ensure the supply and use of data that allows the targeting of support to the most needy people.

The PARIS21 “Engineering a Data Revolution” side event at the UN General Assembly confirmed the need for better, faster and more accessible data for bringing poverty down to zero and achieving sustainable development, as you can see in the video. To keep the conversation going, we welcome your reaction to the attached note on a data revolution and what a global partnership on development data could look like.

More than 40 representatives from countries, national statistical offices, international organizations and CSO’s debated the shape and form of a data revolution revealing a broad consensus around the following key elements: 

  • We need more and better data that makes a difference to and for people, especially those at the fringes of society.
  • Data collection processes should build on country systems and improve alignment between global monitoring needs and strengthening national capacities.
  • Innovation related to new technologies and new forms of co-operation between the public and private sectors should be fostered to leapfrog statistical capacity building at all levels

 Realizing a data revolution will require setting the right incentives to support co-ordination at and between the country, regional and international levels. We also need to see an opening up of minds from data producers and users alike. Since the MDGs were launched, numerous and diverse actors have stepped up to face these challenges, with many achievements and lessons learned. Future success should build on this. PARIS21 is committed to remain at the forefront of these efforts.


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