Data revolution and the post-2015 development agenda: what else?

This article, by Zanofer Ismalebbe of the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General, looks at the concept of ‘Data Revolution’, as called for by the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and identifies a particular gap that exists in the ongoing discussions on this topic. As the discussions continue, it warns of the need to be extremely sensitive to the various push and pull factors that underpin and undermine national policy making processes. Moving forward, it also suggests how the UN System’s key planning and programming instrument – the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAFs) – could, at the country level, potentially serve as the basis for a ‘credible baseline’ for the ‘new’ development agenda come 2016. If this were to succeed, both the UN and the ‘data-community’ should join forces and strengthen national institutions and processes.

2 Comments on "Data revolution and the post-2015 development agenda: what else?"

  1. if we are to achieve clear and fundamental human development in the next fourty years of our struggle. the world leaders of both developed and developing nations should prioritize on the issue of security and economic policy planning in all their respective channels of development. the level of insecurity in our society can not allow development. civil wars in developing countries is the order of the day. the scourge of terrorism especially in developed countries has facilitated other attacks to developing ones and all such hampers development. the big nations should be accountable to the latter because in most cases are the one responsible for the supply of arms to developing nations. let there be a policy that bars arms from such nations to developing ones. let there peace and security then development will be realized in the post millennial goals

  2. Regarding: VI. Towards a ‘credible baseline’–an opportunity not to be missed and the next UNDAF campaign, this is an opportunity to link UN support to national statistics with NSDS (National strategy for the development of statistics ) that many countries have adopted and are implementing with variable success. Some known problems are linked to external support not well enough articulated with the national implementation plans; see http://paris21.org/NSDS about NSDSs.

    Two main questions requiring an answer during 2014 as early as possible:
    – are actual NSDSs and their national statistical programmes geared to delivering the 2016 baseline? and what to do then
    – how to assure that the forthcoming NSDS round will be designed to effectively support post-2015 agenda at country level?

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