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November 2021

The SDGs and the movement to harness the data revolution for sustainable development have raised the political profile of data, but has it translated into increased investments to reap all their benefits? 

According to the 2021 release of PARIS21’s PRESS report, the most comprehensive global analysis of donor financial flows to data and statistics, more work is needed. Total funds to statistics in 2020 were estimated to be USD 624 million or only 0.34 percent of total official development assistance. The report also documents information on funding flows to gender data, CRVS, and other key sectors. 

Improving statistical systems will require partnership and an increase in investment from domestic resources, official development assistance, and philanthropic and private sector players. We will continue to work with our partners to build the case for more and smarter investment in data. 

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Recent highlights from the sustainable development data community

Data Dissemination in the Digital Age: A Review of Data Portals for Official Statistics in IDA-eligible Countries 
Together with PARIS21, our new report explores the global state of data portals maintained by national statistical offices and offers five recommendations for improved user access. 


Open Data for Official Statistics: History, Principles, and Implementation
Published in the Statistical Journal of the IAOS, our research discusses the implementation of open data standards and reviews toolkits, readiness assessments, and maturity models that are available to guide national statistical offices in the adoption of open data.

Building Metrics for the U.S. National Gender Strategy: From Aspiration to Action 
Megan O'Donnell, Mayra Buvinic, and Shaida Badiee have developed guidelines for a robust metrics framework to track the success of the U.S' first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality. 


Statistical Yearbook 2021
64th Edition
The United Nations Statistics Division published the 64th edition of the Statistical Yearbook with a wide range of economic and social indicator time series data at the global, regional, and national levels.

View more on WHAT'S BEING SAID
A spotlight video from our partners in the Bern Network

The Clearinghouse for Financing Development Data is an online platform to track, understand and leverage financing opportunities and partnerships for development data. The Clearinghouse can make development data financing smarter and improve funding for SDG monitoring. 



Global Data Use Conference, 50×2030 (11/30–12/2)  

Reflections from the 2021 UN World Data Forum: The Evolving Data Ecosystem and the Role of National Statistical Offices, United Nations Statistics Division and Partners (12/2) 

Doing Data-Driven Democracy Right: A 100 Questions Initiative, The GovLab (12/3) 

2021 OGP Summit, The Open Government Partnership (12/15-12/17)

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