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A look back at some of PARIS21’s key achievements in 2020

  • 36%

    African focus

    36% of PARIS21’s activities took place in Africa, 22% in LAC and 21% in Asia-Pacific

    36%
  • PRESS2020

    now with nowcasting & forecasting

    For the first time, PRESS2020 included now-casting and forecasting of data financing, which allows us to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on financing development data

    PRESS2020
  • CD4.0

    transforming government

    Our CD4.0 pilot transformed a local government’s ability to use gender data in the Philippines

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  • 1000

    students in our gender e-course

    More than 1000 participants enrolled our new gender statistics e-learning course within one week of launch

    1000
  • 8

    countries with improved gender stats

    We worked with 8 countries for better gender statistics

    8
  • 5

    SIDS supported

    We directly supported 5 small island developing states and 4 fragile states in 2020

    5
  • Geospatial

    guide released

    We released a guide on geospatial data in NSDS & innovated with a project between WDL and DANE Colombia

    Geospatial
  • 2021-2025

    strategy developed

    Our 2021-2025 Strategy set PARIS21 on an ambitious new path for the coming period

    2021-2025
  • 67

    trust projects

    67 countries applied to join our landmark new Trust Initiative

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Johannes Juetting

LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE HEAD

I am delighted to share with you the interactive 2020 PARIS21 Progress Report. 2020 was a year unlike any other in PARIS21’s history. The COVID-19 pandemic, which wrought devastation over large parts of the world, altered the trajectory of PARIS21’s plans and operations in fundamental ways.

Johannes Juetting

I am delighted to share with you the interactive 2020 PARIS21 Progress Report.

LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE HEAD

By Johannes Jütting 

I am delighted to share with you the interactive 2020 PARIS21 Progress Report.

2020 was a year unlike any other in PARIS21’s history. The COVID-19 pandemic, which wrought devastation over large parts of the world, altered the trajectory of PARIS21’s plans and operations in fundamental ways.

Despite the disruption, it was also a year that brought the partnership closer together in many ways. Working together with partners from around the world to put timely and high-quality data and statistics at the service of efforts to combat and recover from the pandemic created a tremendous sense of unity and coherence.

COVID-19 also provided us with an opportunity to reflect on how we work to achieve our mission, and in so doing find new ways to be more efficient and effective in our business practices and strategic approach.

From holding, for the first time in our history, our Annual Meetings virtually, we learned that virtual events could be highly engaging and productive. By freeing up time that would normally be spent on logistical arrangements we were able to devote more attention to the substance of the event, resulting in overwhelmingly positive feedback. We also learned that, by providing space for partners for whom travel to Paris would normally have been prohibitive to engage, virtual events can be more inclusive. Consequently, a record 650 participants took part in the 2020 Annual Meeting. Those lessons are being brought into the 2021 event, which will be our most representative and inclusive event ever.

The pandemic also showed us that we, the global data and statistics community, must become better at articulating the impact of data and statistics on improving the lives of people. No longer taking this connection for granted, PARIS21 will prioritise this through a robust results framework for 2021-2025 and a work stream focused on telling our impact story and that of our partners.

2020 taught us all these things and more, and inspired us to approach our efforts to build a stronger, more engaged partnership with a new vigour. We will only succeed in our efforts if we are united in purpose, and we look forward to working with our partners in 2021 to create a world where everyone can produce and use high-quality data and statistics to advance sustainable development for all people.

Ariunzaya Ayush

LETTER FROM THE CHAIR OF THE BOARD

I am proud to have served as Chair of the PARIS21 Board during this tumultuous year. It is often said that it takes a crisis to reveal the character of something

Ariunzaya Ayush

Ariunzaya Ayush

LETTER FROM THE CHAIR OF THE BOARD

By H.E. Ariunzaya Ayush

I am proud to have served as Chair of the PARIS21 Board during this tumultuous year. It is often said that it takes a crisis to reveal the character of something, and the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated that PARIS21 is not only resilient, but capable of rising to the challenge, delivering an impactful programme of work that included and went beyond helping partners weather the storm.

An impressive number of training activities were carried out by PARIS21 in partnership with regional bodies, covering a range of topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. For example, we worked with the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics to help officials understand and identify data gaps, including those for the SDGs.

We also launched the PARIS21 Academy in 2020, a new online platform to provide free online training and a rich pool of resources for statisticians, journalists, policymakers and many others. For example, ‘Communicating Gender Statistics’ course had over a thousand enrolments in the first week after we opened. Since then, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive on this and other PARIS21 courses on the platform.

These initiatives will strengthen the ability of countries to develop and implement national strategies for the development of statistics, especially among least-developed countries and small island developing states. Effective statistical planning and prioritisation is critical, whether in times of crisis or beyond, and I am confident that the Secretariat’s country support will better equip countries to integrate data and statistics across the spectrum of government.

PARIS21 also continued to innovate during 2020, developing an improved Statistical Capacity Monitor that offers a wider range of performance indicators than ever before, and piloting a geospatial data project with World Data Lab and DANE Colombia. These projects will support countries and other partners in undertaking country assessments and leveraging powerful new data sources to advance sustainable development.

The newly-reconfigured Partner Report on Support to Statistics, which incorporates, for the first time nowcasting and forecasting, moves the world closer to near-real-time data on funding flows to data and statistics. I am excited to see this taken to the next level with the Clearinghouse on Financing Development Data, expected to launch in late 2021.

The PARIS21 Trust Initiative, launched in 2020, is catalysing projects that strengthen trust in data and statistics in low- and middle-income countries. The importance of this cannot be understated at a time when billions of people around the world are trying to grapple with confusing and sometimes conflicting data and information on the COVID-19 pandemic.

All things said and done, 2020 was not an easy year for any of us. Yet PARIS21’s tireless dedication to its partners, and its ability to innovate and remain flexible amidst rapidly changing circumstances enabled it to be relevant, productive and achieve impact. This is something that we can all be proud of.

I look forward to continuing this journey with PARIS21 and our partners in 2021 and beyond.

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DATA FOR THE PEOPLE PODCAST

We launched our new podcast, “Data for the People: a post-crisis podcast” to share the perspectives of our country partners, global experts and policymakers regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the world of data, how data are being used to inform the response and recovery, and what a post-pandemic world of data and statistics […]

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An exploration of how COVID-19 is changing the world of statistics & data

DATA FOR THE PEOPLE PODCAST

We launched our new podcast, “Data for the People: a post-crisis podcast” to share the perspectives of our country partners, global experts and policymakers regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the world of data, how data are being used to inform the response and recovery, and what a post-pandemic world of data and statistics might look like.

To-date, we have recorded twenty episodes with a wide range of stakeholders, from the French Minister of Gender to a Director at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

Not only have the podcasts been an excellent learning opportunity for us, but they have also provided PARIS21 with an excellent way to engage new partners, open doors for potential collaboration, and expand our pool of experts.

Our podcast has been downloaded thousands of times by listeners all over the world.

Listen on your favourite platform:

Apple     Spotify     Deezer     Google     Spreaker

Previous guests include

  • Ministre Élisabeth Moreno, Ministre du gouvernement français chargée de l’Égalité entre les femmes et les hommes, de la Diversité et de l’Égalité des chances
  • H.E. Hanan Ahli, Acting Director, Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre, UAE
  • Katharina Schüller, Diplomstatistikerin und Gründerin von STAT-UP Statistical Consulting & Data Science
  • Vincent Hendricks, Professor of Formal Philosophy and Director of the Center for Information and Bubble Studies at the University of Copenhagen
  • Katinka Weinberger, Chief of the Environment and Development Policy Section at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre
  • Guillame Grosso, Director, Int'l Business Development & European Strategy
  • Rohinton Medhora - President of the Centre for International Governance Innovation
  • Sarah Hendriks - Director Programme, Policy and Intergovernmental Division at UN Women
  • Gabriela Ramos - Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO
  • Alan AtKisson - Assistant Director at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  • Maroof Syed - President and CEO of the Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan
  • Georges Simon-Ulrich - Director-General of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office
  • Aniela Unguresan - Co-founder of EDGE Certified Foundation
  • Anil Arora - Chief Statistician of Canada
  • Jessica Espey - Director of UN SDSN TReNDS
  • Dr. Samuel Annim - National Statistician of Ghana

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ADVICE & STRATEGIC GUIDANCE FOR POLICYMAKERS AND NSOS

Only a few weeks after the WHO labelled the COVID-19 pandemic as such, PARIS21 produced a policy brief to guide countries seeking to mitigate the negative effects of the crisis on data and statistical production and use. The brief introduces a conceptual framework that describes the adverse effects of the crisis on national statistical systems […]

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PARIS21's policy brief & strategic operations guide helped bolster the resilience of NSOs and governments

ADVICE & STRATEGIC GUIDANCE FOR POLICYMAKERS AND NSOS

Only a few weeks after the WHO labelled the COVID-19 pandemic as such, PARIS21 produced a policy brief to guide countries seeking to mitigate the negative effects of the crisis on data and statistical production and use. The brief introduces a conceptual framework that describes the adverse effects of the crisis on national statistical systems in developing countries and suggests short and medium-term actions to mitigate the negative effects by:

  • Focusing data production on priority economic, social and demographic data.
  • Communicating proactively with citizens, academia, private sector and policy makers.
  • Positioning the NSO as advisor and knowledge bank for national governments.

The policy brief has become one of PARIS21’s most widely read documents of 2020, and has been referenced by a wide range of partners.

PARIS21 also released a Strategic Operations Guide for National Statistical Offices During the COVID-19 Crisis to provide practical advice and guidance for national statistical offices to adapt to the lockdown and contingency measures of the COVID-19 pandemic.

National statistical systems in least-developed countries and fragile contexts have very limited institutional and technical capacities to sustain basic statistical operations in this crisis. Under these constraints, key strategic and long-term undertakings, like the development of a National Strategy for Development of Statistics (NSDS) or a statistics law, may suffer from considerable delays or even cancellations.

This guide provides a set of recommendations and practical solutions for NSOs to continue strategic operations and long-term planning activities through crisis mitigation and management

COVID-19 RESPONSE

If there ever was a year that validated PARIS21’s mission to put robust data and statistics at the heart of decision-making for inclusive sustainable development, 2020 was it. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has had such a devastating effect on millions of people around the world, showed us that countries that are able to leverage timely, […]

Despite the challenges, 2020 was a year of tremendous progress and productivity for PARIS21

COVID-19 RESPONSE

If there ever was a year that validated PARIS21’s mission to put robust data and statistics at the heart of decision-making for inclusive sustainable development, 2020 was it. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has had such a devastating effect on millions of people around the world, showed us that countries that are able to leverage timely, high-quality, disaggregated data and statistics are better equipped to design response and recovery policies that are effective and inclusive.

Yet despite the challenges, 2020 was a year of tremendous progress and productivity for PARIS21. In many ways, the pandemic served as a harbinger of change for the Secretariat, catalysing changes to respond to the needs and aspirations of our partners, and make us even more relevant and impactful.

During the first half of 2020, PARIS21 received an overwhelming demand from our partner countries, many of whom were struggling with a precipitous rise in data demands while also facing serious operational constraints.

Immediately seeking to respond, we significantly adjusted our 2020 programme of work and established a COVID-19 Rapid Action Task Force. Within only a few weeks, the task force developed a practical and comprehensive guide to help national statistical offices collect life-saving data and engage partners while adapting to remote working. It also produced a policy brief to guide countries seeking to mitigate the negative effects of the crisis on data and statistical production and use. We connected more than 80 national statistical offices to solution providers from our PARIS21 community.

To put this guidance into practice, we mobilised our partners and convened more than a dozen virtual workshops and peer-to-peer learning opportunities for national statistical organisations, policymakers, private sector entities and others to exchange ideas and best practices. Demand for our PARIS21 Academy was also high, with more than a thousand people enrolling in our new course on communicating gender statistics within one week of its launch.

At the same time, recognising that responding to current and future global crises requires a step change in commitments to data and statistics, we, together with our partners, initiated a number of ground-breaking new projects to mobilise support. The Clearinghouse for Financing Development Data, the world’s first online portal showing near-real funding flows and opportunities, promises to make financing for development data smarter. Through direct, on-site support to remote engagement, we worked to accelerate the development of the required capacity for national statistical offices to leverage new sources of data to respond to urgent policy needs, relating, in particular, to gender.

With our partners, we also released a video series documenting how NSOs are adapting and innovating in the time of COVID-19.

ANNUAL MEETINGS

In April 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic PARIS21 held its annual meeting virtually for the first time in its twenty-year history.

In April 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic PARIS21 held its annual meeting virtually for the first time in its twenty-year history.

ANNUAL MEETINGS

In April 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic PARIS21 held its annual meeting virtually for the first time in its twenty-year history. What is normally a two-day event that brings around sixty Board Members and around fifty other guests to the PARIS21 premises in Paris was transformed into a three-part virtual event gathering more than 700 participants.

Despite being one of the first international conferences to be held virtually, the team succeeded in producing an event that was regarded as highly engaging and constructive by participants, with more than eighty percent providing highly positive feedback. It also provided more opportunity for participants from low- and middle-income countries to attend, some of whom would not have been able to attend the physical meeting in Paris. As a result more than 700 participants from governments, UN agencies, civil society, academia and the private sector attended the virtual meetings. This was an important lesson to PARIS21 that will guide its efforts to make meetings ever more inclusive in the future.

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Unlocking the SDGs as a shared results framework: From ambition to action

On 08 April, from 14:00-15:00 CET PARIS21 and the OECD are convening a webinar on “Unlocking the SDGs as a shared results framework: From ambition to action” to deep dive in the issue of SDG alignment and corresponding data production and use at the country level. The SDG monitoring & framework adopted at national level can serve as a platform for shared generation and use of data on development results by both countries and their development partners, helping enhance the development impact of their efforts and enabling mutual accountability among all stakeholders.

You are invited to join the discussion, which will feature leading panellists from the development cooperation, official statistics, results and evaluation communities exploring the challenges and opportunities of leveraging SDGs as a shared results framework. The virtual meeting will kick off a series of online events throughout 2020 and seek to unpack these issues further and accelerate action in the ‘Decade of Delivery’.

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Addressing COVID-19: How are national statistical offices in low- and middle-income countries doing?

On 08 April, from 15:30-16:30 CET PARIS21 is convening a webinar on “COVID19: What are national statistical offices doing?

National statistical offices (NSOs) in affected countries find themselves in a very challenging situation. Many NSOs with limited IT capacities are forced to move into virtual work environment and adjust to a new data demand from i) policymakers to understand and track the COVID-19 impact, ii) citizens in search of reliable data sources. Many NSOs struggle to conduct their usual statistical activities while maintaining the safety of staff. At the same time, additional data demands create additional pressure on the NSO to coordinate effectively with line ministries (such as the ministry of finance or the ministries if health) to produce ad-hoc data while continuing regular data collection, which will be essential in the aftermath of the crisis.

To address these data and capacity related challenges, the PARIS21 partnership is hosting a webinar, calling on NSOs and other organisations in the data for development communities, in particular from low- and middle-income countries to share their current experience amidst the global pandemic, and how they plan to mitigate its effects in the near and long term.

BERN NETWORK

Taking action to achieve more and better funding for development data

Taking action to achieve more and better funding for development data

BERN NETWORK

Since the last Board Meeting in April 2020, PARIS21 has continued to serve as the Secretariat of the Bern Network. The core group, which serves as an informal steering committee of the network, includes nine members: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, the UK Foreign, Development and Commonwealth Office, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), OECD, Open Data Watch, UNSD, World Bank and PARIS21.

Over the past year, the Bern Network continued to advance discussions on, and develop outputs centred around, its five action areas to achieve more and better funding for development data. These areas are: 1) increasing domestic resource mobilisation; 2) scaling-up external funding; 3) boosting efficiency of existing aid; 4) strengthening collaboration between stakeholders; and 5) leveraging sectoral funding. These activities were advanced with the aim of delivering concrete outcomes for the UN World Data Forum, which will take place in October 2021 in Bern, Switzerland.

In parallel to the development of the clearinghouse, outlined above, the Bern Network Secretariat conducted numerous meetings and consultations with its network members to inform its activities and co-create outputs, including with NSOs, donor agencies, multilateral development banks, and international entities. As part of this process, from January to March 2020 it organised in-person meetings in Paris, Washington D.C. and New York, the latter during the UN Statistical Commission, on the topic of more and better financing for development data. With COVID-19, the network adapted its activities and milestones to reflect the changes to the UN World Data Forum timeline and conducted regular virtual meetings of its steering committee from March to December 2020, as well as a meeting of all members in April 2020 chaired by the Assistant Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. In October 2020, the Bern Network co-organised an event at the virtual UN World Data Forum on “Supporting better investments in development data - Mechanisms, actions and perspectives” that gathered over 400 participants and generated positive feedback and recommendations for how the network can further increase the momentum around the more and better data financing agenda.

In addition, the Bern Network convened regular working meetings with the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) to actively explore synergies, including for the clearinghouse. As of March 2021, the network and the GPEDC are in the process of exploring a joint workshop in to facilitate the exchange of good practices for effective development cooperation in financing data and statistics for developing countries.

COORDINATION TASK TEAM

A forum to exchange best practices, develop a common understanding of coordination capacity and recommend a set of indicators

A forum to exchange best practices, develop a common understanding of coordination capacity and recommend a set of indicators

COORDINATION TASK TEAM

To help national statistical offices, government institutions, private sector entities, civil society organisations and academia coordinate strategically, communicate across institutions and build strong networks on sub-national, national, sub-regional, regional and international level, PARIS21 established a high-level task team. This is especially important in the context of a global crisis, where rising data demands call for new mechanisms of collaboration and efficiency. The task team, which is led by the Philippines Statistics Authority, also contributes to the PARIS21 Statistical Capacity Monitor.

The task team serves as a forum to exchange best practices, develop a common understanding of coordination capacity and recommend a set of indicators suitable to measure coordination in statistics, with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries.

To support the task team, PARIS21 developed a comprehensive background note, proposing a model of coordination and stewardship and conducted a number of in-depth bilateral meetings to showcase country experiences before defining the final indicator set.   

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RESULTS FRAMEWORK

A coherent logic across all of PARIS21's programmes and projects

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A coherent logic across all of PARIS21's programmes and projects

RESULTS FRAMEWORK

From October to December 2020, PARIS21 developed a proposal for a new, unified results framework to accompany the new PARIS21 2021-25 Strategy. The results framework provides PARIS21 with a coherent logic across all its programmes and projects and facilitate the robust monitoring and reporting that is called for in the 2021-2025 Strategy.

The framework was designed with the guidance of a dedicated advisory task team comprising PARIS21 partners and donors including: the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Statistics Canada, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and UN Women.

The proposed framework aligns with the three pillars of PARIS21’s 2021-2025 Strategy. It includes a results chain, a measurement framework with indicators and targets and a short narrative theory of change. 

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CD4.0 GUIDELINES

Placing an emphasis on leadership, change management, advocacy and networking

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Placing an emphasis on leadership, change management, advocacy and networking

CD4.0 GUIDELINES

In 2020, PARIS21 and UNSD launched a pioneering approach to capacity development — Capacity Development 4.0 – that goes beyond technical skills and places an emphasis on leadership, change management, advocacy and networking.  

The guidelines provide a user-friendly way to quickly identify which features and related actions are relevant to their particular situation.

These are the first guidelines to advise national statistical offices and development cooperation agencies on how to engage in country-led, sustainable and participative statistical capacity development. The guidelines explain the CD4.0 approach and present 30 activities on how to implement capacity development programmes, illustrated by case studies to provide real-world context.

The CD4.0 Guidelines were piloted in two successful experiences in Zambia and the Philippines in 2020. The PARIS21 2021 program of work builds on the guidelines and the lessons learnt in the pilots.

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PARIS21 TRUST INITIATIVE

The PARIS21 Trust Initiative is fostering trust in official statistics between different stakeholders.

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The PARIS21 Trust Initiative is fostering trust in official statistics between different stakeholders.

PARIS21 TRUST INITIATIVE

Trust in data and statistics is paramount to the production and use of data. But the issue of trust has gained heightened importance in the digital age, especially in the context of COVID-19, an infodemic. Citizens are confronted with a torrent of information, data, and statistics, of variable credibility.

Against this background, the PARIS21 2020 Trust Initiative, launched in 2020, will support pilot projects in low and middle income countries that aim to foster trust in official statistics between different stakeholders. These projects will identify a particular trust issue for data and describe how they plan to advance trust in that context.

After a call for proposals following the 2019 Cross Regional Forum, PARIS21 received almost 60 proposals, and convened a diverse selection panel of experts.

The three selected pilots will receive funding up to 50 000 EUR and technical support from PARIS21. The projects will also bring different types of organisations like Civil Society, line ministries and private data actors together to enhance trust in official statistics and the National Statistical System, with an active role of NSO in all project phases. The proposed projects will provide innovative solutions across any of the statistical, structural and/or reputational aspects of trust in the NSS.

The three selected projects are:

Delivering trusted statistics for better data use and policy impact

Government institutions in Vanuatu have struggled to systematically track progress of national and global development goals and indicators, hindering national sustainable development efforts. In part, this is due to a lack of data and skills in understanding and using data to inform policy-making. Limited links between parliament and the national statistical system, which the Vanuatu National Statistics Office (VNSO) coordinates, exacerbates the problem. This project seeks to address this by developing the capacity for data and evidence use within parliament, and leveraging the role of VNSO as a trust enabler in the national data ecosystem.

This project will be the first conscious effort to bring statistics to the doorstep of the Parliament of Vanuatu through direct engagement with VNSO. The project will utilise the 2020 housing and population census along with administrative data to develop country constituency indicator profiles. These profiles  (including key statistics such as school enrollment, employment, agriculture, infrastructure status etc.) will in turn improve the capacity of members of parliament to generate and use local information for effective representation. In addition, they will support information dissemination and monitoring of governments commitments to the NSDP.

Enhancing trust in local statistics

Senegal is plagued with limited use of sub-national statistics in the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs implemented at local levels of governance and administration. Underlying this issue is a lack of institutional coordination between national and local agencies in terms of the production, processing and dissemination of local-level data. To reconcile inconsistencies, interventions to strengthen data governance and institutional mechanisms for data integration and quality assurance are required.

The proposed pilot seeks to remedy this by leveraging the role of the Senegal National Agency of Statistics and Demography (ANSD)  -- an institution that enjoys independence and trusted reputation in the national statistical system -- as a trust broker, and extending its presence to the local level. This will be primarily achieved by developing a centralised open data platform to disseminate local statistics, backed by the ANSD. To actively facilitate user access to this local data, training for local policy makers and planning/development agencies will be conducted. 

Production and use of quality, trustworthy local statistics is key for good governance and effective monitoring at the subnational, national and global levels. Supporting local statistics also enables transparent accountability to citizens and is closely linked to the goal of representing people’s lives at a granular level, and accurately for targeted decision-making. Leveraging ANSD’s role as a trusted data steward and central coordinator of the national data ecosystem will be a key ingredient to achieve this.

Building trust in refugee statistics

This project aims to enhance the reliability of refugee statistics in Uganda. The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) has not previously included enumeration in refugee settlements in past censuses. Instead, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), a government agency responsible for the coordination of all refugee matters in Uganda, has carried out household and population counts at their own discretion and provided these statistics to UBOS to streamline into national statistics. This process of integration for separate data collection exercises introduces complexity and uncertainty. Trust in the accuracy of these numbers was further undermined when news broke in early 2018 that the number of refugees in Uganda was being incorrectly over reported by 300,000 people.

The proposed project leverages UBOS as a trust creator to align enumeration and dissemination methodologies, data quality and communication around these particularly critical statistics and to put vulnerable people "on the map." It has multidimensional implications on trust: trust in data quality and statistical methodology, trust in technology and trust in institutions. Given the lack of knowledge and clarity about the methodology undertaken to conduct household listings in refugee settlements, this project aims to create more transparency and openness around what census activities consist of and how statistics are generated and reported between government agencies. This is particularly important in this context since refugees are a population that are commonly underrepresented in official statistics.

UBOS will partner with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) to produce trusted refugee statistics, drawing on their extensive field mapping programs in refugee and refugee-hosting contexts in Uganda. This would draw on HOTOSM’s expertise to design, manage and implement data collection activities without compromising quality assurance, data privacy and timeliness. HOT will be able to support UBOS and OPM with technical support and hands-on training on digital mapping and open-source technology.

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2020 PARTNER REPORT ON SUPPORT TO STATISTICS

A major breakthrough in nowcasting and forecasting of financing for data & statistics

2020 press

A major breakthrough in nowcasting and forecasting of financing for data & statistics

2020 PARTNER REPORT ON SUPPORT TO STATISTICS

For the first time, the 2020 Partner Report on Support to Statistics (PRESS 2020) reduced the reporting lag from two years to under twelve months and covered most time-relevant information on financial support to statistics during the COVID-19 pandemic. This required a major shift in the PRESS methodology and data collection. PRESS 2020 highlights that under COVID-19, data needs have never been higher yet financing remained stagnant. Although 150 countries and territories, a historical record, planned to hold a census in 2020 and 2021, many countries had to divert previously secured funding for censuses to COVID-19 response. In fact, 63% of low-income and lower-middle income countries were found to be in great need of additional financing for data and statistics due to the challenges posed by the pandemic.

PRESS 2020 highlights that under COVID-19, data needs have never been higher yet financing remained stagnant. Although 150 countries and territories, a historical record, planned to hold a census in 2020 and 2021, many countries had to divert previously secured funding for censuses to COVID-19 response. In fact, 63% of low-income and lower-middle income countries were found to be in great need of additional financing for data and statistics due to the challenges posed by the pandemic.

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PEER LEARNING

During 2020, the shift to remote working, an uncertain and fast-changing environment, and a growing demand for created a high demand for peer learning. PARIS21 responded by establishing exchanges between communities and peers around the world.

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PARIS21 established exchanges between communities and peers around the world.

PEER LEARNING

During 2020, the shift to remote working, an uncertain and fast-changing environment, and a growing demand for created a high demand for peer learning. PARIS21 responded by establishing exchanges between communities and peers around the world.

In this context, PARIS21 worked jointly with AFRISTAT, UNECA and INSEE to conduct a series of virtual conferences on COVID-19 and data related topics in collaboration with around 25 African NSOs and other selected experts. Five webinars were organised from June to December 2020 (one webinar per month on average) and around 500 participants from different audiences joined the events. The five topics covered were:

  • Civil registration and demographic statistics in the period of COVID-19 – what new for NSOs?
  • Phone based surveys in response to COVID-19 – challenges and way forward
  • How would the statistical quality assurance framework have helped to mitigate the challenges caused by COVID-19?
  • Communicating data and statistics in times of crisis: the role of NSIs to counter disinformation
  • Sampling methods for telephone surveys in the context of Covid-19: opportunities and trade-offs

In addition, PARIS21 contributed to, co-organised and supported five major regional forums in the Africa and MENA regions, including the Ninth Forum on African Statistical Development, African Statistics Day, the Fourteenth Session of the Committee of NSO Director-Generals, the 41th AFRISTAT Annual Board Meeting, and the 11th COMESA Committee on Statistical Matters Meeting. 

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PARIS21 ACADEMY

The PARIS21 Academy provides free, convenient e-learning for statistics professionals, policymakers, journalists and more

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The PARIS21 Academy provides free, convenient e-learning for statistics professionals, policymakers, journalists and more

PARIS21 ACADEMY

To respond to the needs of partners facing lockdowns and other travel restrictions due to COVID-19, we launched the PARIS21 Academy in mid-2020.

This e-learning platform supplements our outreach and capacity development efforts to many more countries and users than would be possible through onsite technical assistance only.

The platform features interactive knowledge resources created or endorsed by PARIS21 with training objectives tailored to the needs of the data and statistics communities and beyond. It aims to stimulate and maintain a community of learners online, particularly from low and middle-income countries interested in statistics and data for development.

While the P21A is open to anyone, it primarily serves staff from official statistical agencies and data users like journalists. Specific content also aims to empower other groups of the PARIS21 community - like donors, technical cooperation experts, and other development partners.

Key courses available now:

Communicating gender statistics for gender equality

This new online course offers journalists and statisticians the opportunity to boost their skills with regards to communicating gender statistics. The course  teaches participants how to develop thoughtful and informative communications materials that incorporate gender data in an effective and gender-sensitive manner.

The course is aimed at journalists – from bloggers to newsroom editors – and statisticians alike, and combines conceptual study with practical training and guidance. It also focuses on peer learning among journalists and statisticians, and provides essential knowledge on the use of gender statistics to understand and address gender inequalities in society. The course design and content takes into account the transformative role of gender equality advocacy and equips both communities with a new set of skills to engage diverse audiences.

The course is available on the PARIS21 Academy website in English, and will take participants around 4 hours (self-paced) to complete.

A second module, on communicating gender statistics for women’s economic empowerment, is also available on the platform.

Data Planning with ADAPT

"How ADAPT works" is an introductory course on Advanced Data Planning Tool (ADAPT) offered by PARIS21 Academy.

The course takes participants on a journey to explore the Advanced Data Planning Tool, which is a free, data-planning tool developed by PARIS21 that facilitates assessment of data gaps. It also helps with the development & tracking of data plans such as National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) within National Statistical Systems (NSS).

In this short course (the course takes around 30 minutes of study), students have the opportunity to understand and learn how to get started with ADAPT, how can ADAPT help in data planning, ADAPT’s menu and settings overview, data demands and supplies in ADAPT, data gaps in ADAPT, data planning with ADAPT including some advance features in ADAPT.

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The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) promotes the better use and production of statistics throughout the developing world. Since its establishment in 1999, PARIS21 has successfully developed a worldwide network of statisticians, policy makers, analysts, and development practitioners committed to evidence-based decision making. With the main objective to achieve national and international development goals and reduce poverty in low and middle income countries, PARIS21 facilitates statistical capacity development, advocates for the integration of reliable data in decision making, and co-ordinates donor support to statistics.

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