Financing for data and statistics needs to double to ensure that the SDGs leave no-one behind

PRESS 2019

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The PARIS21 Partner Report on Support to Statistics is the most comprehensive global analysis of donor financial flows to data and statistics.

  • The aim of PRESS is to provide a full picture of international support to statistics.
  • PRESS covers the commitments received by all countries to align the number
    with the SDG indicator 17.19.1: “Dollar value of all resources made available to strengthen statistical capacity in developing countries”
  • Later this year, PARIS21 will launch a new tool to provide more recent information and forward-looking prediction to facilitate the planning and coordination of development partners.


Interview with Johannes Jütting, PARIS21 Executive Head



Key highlights



Between 2016 and 2017, official development assistance to data and statistics rose 11%, from US 623 million to US 689 million, largely driven by the adoption of the SDG monitoring framework.


International funding for data and statistics is only around half the level that it needs to be, as established in the the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data.


Countries have a national statistical plan under implementation


Even national statistical offices with high capacity are familiar with only about 40% of SDG indicators.


Producing statistical data for over 200 indicators places an additional burden on countries and SDG monitoring could strain already struggling national statistical systems.


Allocation of aid to statistics, 2006 to 2017

Aid to statistics by year


Under-reporting of SDG gender indicators making progress tracking difficult

projects by gende commitmentCurrent under-reporting of the SDG indicators, including gender-specific ones, makes it difficult to assess progress being made towards achieving gender equality. Globally, only 14 of the 54 gender-specific SDG indicators are produced with sufficient regularity and are based on conceptually clear and internationally established methodologies. This means that not enough data are available to monitor progress towards achieving gender equality across all regions (UN Women, 2019). In this edition, the PRESS survey aims to provide a general overview of bilateral and multilateral donor support towards gender equality and gender statistics.

The overall recognition of the importance of gender equality does not translate to strong support. The 2017 data show that almost 60% of statistical projects financed by bilateral donors consider gender equality to be an important objective (according to the CRS marker ‘gender equality’, Figure 15, category 1). A similar distribution of shares is visible when looking at the amount of commitment. However, only 5% of all projects and a similar share by commitment amount they received (6%) put gender equality as the main objective (Figure 15, category 2)

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