In partnership with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI), PARIS21 organised a virtual orientation workshop to launch their joint programme on "Operationalising CD4.0 in the Philippines: Strengthening Gender Statistics for Subnational SDG Monitoring." The programme's kick-off meeting, to be held on Thursday, 2 July 2020, will bring together 20 mayors and representatives from local government units and provide attendees with a foundation in Capacity Development 4.0 (CD4.0), PSA's Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) and the importance of gender statistics.

PSA has the mandate to maintain the CBMS and to build capacities for cities and municipalities in collaboration with PSRTI. With the programme building on this mandate, PSRTI and PARIS21 will design and validate training modules on subnational statistics by supporting selected cities and municipalities to establish community-based SDG monitoring systems, specifically in the area of gender statistics.

This new pilot programme is underscored by the growing data demands and challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, making now the opportune time for greater collaboration in support of better, more inclusive data.

The data requirements for COVID-19 go far beyond the figures on cases and deaths. In the short term, policy makers, development partners and citizens need to take quick, informed actions that leave no one behind. Effective risk management and recovery packages for the economy will be central to cushion the societal and economic shocks in the longer term.

To deliver on both time horizons, policy makers and development partners require foundational data that is timely, accurate and disaggregated to design inclusive and gender sensitive interventions.

There is growing recognition of the need to enhance sub-national gender statistics production in line with SDG monitoring practices while empowering communities to participate in the process, and this new pilot programme is designed to answer the call.