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MARCH 2022

Some of our favorite moments take place in March - Open Data Day, International Women’s Day, the United Nations Statistical Commission, and the Commission on the Status of Women. These moments offer an opportunity to pause and reflect on progress and necessary work ahead.

We proudly celebrated the endorsement of the “Open Data by Default” principle by the UN Statistical Commission and a commitment by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to remove data paywalls and unlock the world’s energy data supply to use in the fight against climate change. 

But we would be remiss not to recognize the invasion of Ukraine earlier this month. While official statistical operations normally undertaken by Ukrainian statisticians have been disrupted, their value holds strong. Data will become increasingly important in both the immediate response to the conflict and long-term recovery efforts. 

Recent highlights from the sustainable development data community 

10 Reasons Why We Must Urgently Fund Gender Data
Data2X, in its 10th anniversary year, is calling on national governments, donors, multilaterals, companies, and civil society organizations to fill the gender data funding gap.

Data Kitchens - Putting Users at the Centre of Development Solutions
Following the 53rd session of the UN Statistical Commission, Development Initiatives' Claudia Wells unpacks what putting users at the heart of data solutions really means.

Africa is Financing its Development Agenda Through Domestic Resource Mobilization
Domestic resources are increasingly seen as a solution to financing the SDGs. In a new move, 16 African countries are imposing a 0.2 percent levy on eligible imports to meet the financial obligations of the African Union.

World Bank Launches New and Improved Gender Data Portal
The World Bank redesigned its Gender Data Portal, and makes the latest gender statistics accessible through compelling narratives and data visualizations to improve the understanding of gender data and facilitate analyses that inform policy choices.

Data Disharmony: How can donors better act on their commitments?
Bill Anderson and Bernard Sabiti of Development Initiatives examine the role of donor investment in national data ecosystems, focusing in particular on the challenges of coordination and harmonization. 

A Study on National and Sub-National Data Practices in Kenya
Open Institute launched a new report on data protection and access to information laws and policy at the national and sub-national levels in Kenya. The study will inform the rolling out of Kenya’s Data Protection Act.

View more on WHAT'S BEING SAID
A spotlight video from our partners at the Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health

Our Data and Policy Specialist, Tawheeda Wahabzada, moderated a panel on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics and gender equality as part of the “Gender Foundations in Health Data” series organized by the Data for Health Initiative at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.

In their latest podcast episode, "Ey Sayers" by Statistics Canada turns a critical eye to the ways that cognitive bias risks perpetuating systemic racism. Statistics are supposed to accurately reflect the world around us, but are all data created equal?
“We also would like to start making IEA data freely available in the interest of increasing data transparency and supporting good decision-making.”
Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA, at the 2022 Ministerial Meetings on March 23rd
This is a major win for open and accessible energy data.

Lorenz Noe, Research Manager of Open Data Watch, outlines next steps for implementation in our latest blog post.

PARIS21 Spring Meetings: Data Ecosystems for Climate Action (April 5-6)

Open Data For Racial Equity in Healthcare (April 6) 

Thinking Outside the Box: Solutions to Produce Better Gender Data (April 12)

Unlocking the potential of NSO data: Strengthening Data Use by Fact-Checkers (April 22)

The World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings (April 18-24)

18th International Association of Official Statistics Conference (April 26-28)

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