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APRIL 2022

This month, to mark Earth Day, the development data community made calls for more robust and reliable data to tackle climate change. The World Bank and International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings offered another opportunity to ring the alarm on the urgency for investments in data for both people and the planet.

In addition to financing for data, Open Data Watch announced the sixth round of the Open Data Inventory (ODIN). ODIN remains the only independent global measure of the openness of official statistics. We look forward to incorporating updates and a strong focus on gender data.

Recent highlights from the sustainable development data community 

Better Measurement and Monitoring of Data for Development
Many tools exist that measure statistical systems' capacity and output, but little work has looked at how they differ from or complement each other. A new report by Open Data Watch and the D4D Network at IDRC compares indexes and offers recommendations. 

The Road to Privacy Hell is Paved with Good Intentions
In the Data Values Digest, Martina Barbero studies the relationship between data privacy, the protection of our data, and security. She outlines how participatory approaches like the Restore Data Rights movement help people make decisions about their own data.

A Call to Improve the Quality and Transparency of WEE and Gender Equality Indexes
A recent blog by the Center for Global Development calls for the improvement of the quality and transparency of women’s economic empowerment (WEE) and gender equality indexes. 

Financing our Future: Investing in Data-Driven Climate Action
Earth Day was marked by calls for increased actions against climate change. Such actions require high-quality data to monitor, report and analyze changes in climate alongside data to accelerate policy making.

Putting Data to Work for People and the Planet
On Wednesday 27 April, during the 2022 World Bank Spring Meetings, the World Bank and the United Nations convened a High-Level Roundtable to create a new coalition on Investing in Data with Purpose. 

Unlocking Data for a Better, Greener, Safer Future
Future Advocacy published a call to action for high-quality data to be at the foundation of investments in sustainable development, pandemic recovery, climate action, and emergency response.

View more on WHAT'S BEING SAID

Transforming the Data Landscape: Solutions to Close Gender Data Gaps shifts the conversation from identifying gender data problems to finding practical solutions to fill gender data gaps. This report and the accompanying Gender Data Solutions Inventory document 142 innovative solutions that have emerged in the last five years.
A spotlight video from our partners

Open Data Watch, Open Data Institute, PARIS21 teamed up with three fact-checking organizations for a webinar on 22 April to forge a path toward curbing
the spread of misinformation around the world.

Why do trusted statistics matter and what impact has digitalisation had on statistics and the work of a statistician? Paul Schreyer, Head of OECD Statistics and Data Directorate sheds light on this and more in the OECD’s latest podcast. 

The Clearinghouse plays a critical role in overcoming well-known bottlenecks and supporting sustainable data and statistical systems for development. As it increases the number of donor profiles, policy makers, national statistical offices and international development partners are better equipped with information on how and where finance for data is spent and strategic priorities.” 

Ida McDonnell, Team Lead for Data for Development at the OECD

The Clearinghouse now has profiles for 17 different providers— accounting for over 550 million USD of disbursed funds to statistics in 2019 alone.

Visit the Clearinghouse to see what countries have been added.
Gender and Social Protection: What Are We Learning From the Evidence?, UNICEF (May 4)
Six-Week Online ADAPT Training, PARIS21 (May 11)
Global Data Barometer Launch, D4D Network at International Development Research Centre (May 11)
Harnessing the Power of Data to End Harmful Practices Virtual Training Course, Girls Not Brides (May 16-27)

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