Today, the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) and Partners for Review launched a landmark new paper that identifies the factors preventing countries from fully exploiting their data ecosystem and proposes solutions to strengthening statistical capacities to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Ninety percent of the data in the world has been created in the past two years, yet many countries with low statistical capacity struggle to produce, analyse and communicate the data necessary to advance sustainable development. At the same time, demand for more and better data and statistics is increasingly massively, with international agreements like the 2030 Agenda placing unprecedented demand on countries to report on more than 230 indicators.
Using PARIS21’s Capacity Development 4.0 (CD 4.0) approach, the paper shows that leveraging data available in the data ecosystem for official reporting requires new capacity in terms of skills and knowledge, management, politics and power. The paper also shows that these capacities need to be developed at both the organisational and systemic level, which involves the various channels and interactions that connect different organisations.
Aimed at national statistics offices, development professionals and others involved in the national data ecosystem, the paper provides a roadmap that can help national statistical systems develop and strengthen the capacities of traditional and new actors in the data ecosystem to improve both the follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda as well as the data architecture for sustainable development at the national level.
The document was launched today during seventh Partners for Review network meeting, this time taking place in Hanoi, Vietnam. The summit aims at addressing crosscutting challenges of national implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the imperative of strengthening stakeholder participation and engagement, both in national review processes and voluntary national review preparations at country level.