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A look back at some of PARIS21’s key achievements in 2021

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    PARIS21 co-hosted 8 UNWDF sessions

    PARIS21 played a key role in the 2021 UN World Data Forum, hosting or co-hosting eight sessions on a range of topics from capacity to financing. We also showcased the Data for Change campaign through a popular interactive exhibition.

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  • 31

    Stories on dataforchange.org

    The global campaign demonstrates how more and better data and statistics are an accelerator for sustainable development. The 31 partner stories showcase the role of data in creating life-changing policies and actions across all SDG areas.

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  • 15 000

    Projects in the Clearinghouse

    The Clearinghouse for Financing Development, the world’s first platform to match development data financing supply and demand, features information on more than 15 000 development projects.

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    In-depth clearinghouse countries

    Users of the clearinghouse can access in-depth information for four IDA countries, covering the financing flows and needs of the national statistical offices and select line ministries of the national statistical system in The Gambia, Malawi, Niger and Rwanda.

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  • 5

    Webinars for NSO strategic planning

    PARIS21 held a series of regional virtual trainings in strategic planning for Africa. 130 participants from 48 NSOs, 8 regional economic communities, and pan-African organisations attended. Regional trainings of trainers were also held.

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  • 30

    UNICEF field staff engaged in NSDS process

    30 regional and country planning and monitoring staff in UNICEF Eastern & Southern Africa were trained on the NSDS process and potential entry points at country level for strengthening child rights monitoring.

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  • 647

    million USD

    PRESS2021 found that USD 647 million was committed to data and statistics in 2019, 0.34% of overseas development assistance.

    $647 million
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    Members of the Gender Data Network

    Since 2021, PARIS21 has been the host of the Gender Data Network, a global community to raise the standard of gender data, which includes 15 African countries.

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  • 1720

    Registered for PARIS21 Academy gender comms course

    To date, 1720 participants have registered for the PARIS21 "Communicating Gender Statistics for Gender Equality" e-learning course on the PARIS21 Academy.

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101 COUNTRIES RESPOND TO UNSD-PARIS21-WORLD BANK SURVEY

PARIS21 partnered with the World Bank and the United Nations Statistics Division to monitor the implementation of the Cape Town Global Action Plan. This was done through an on-line survey of national statistical offices (NSOs) over the course of the summer to inform the debates at the UN World Data Forum in Bern in October […]

101 COUNTRIES RESPOND TO UNSD-PARIS21-WORLD BANK SURVEY

PARIS21 partnered with the World Bank and the United Nations Statistics Division to monitor the implementation of the Cape Town Global Action Plan. This was done through an on-line survey of national statistical offices (NSOs) over the course of the summer to inform the debates at the UN World Data Forum in Bern in October and its subsequent course of action. The survey was particularly useful to:

  • Inform the action of policy makers and international partners to better support official statistics in the implementation, monitoring, and financing of the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data;
  • Explore financing needs of NSOs and inform the Clearinghouse for Financing Development Data and the World Bank’s Global Data Facility initiatives;
  • Identify new statistical priorities resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Accelerate actions to produce the statistical data needed to inform policies for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

101 countries responded. Among these, 35 were from high-income countries, 28 from upper middle-income countries, and 38 from low- and lower middle-income countries. 29 IDA countries were included among the 101 responses received.

This collaboration was a follow-up to the different waves of the survey of NSOs during COVID-19.  Preliminary findings are available and the full report is being finalised.

Preliminary findings - the digital divide
Preliminary findings - the importance of on-budget support from development cooperation providers in IDA countries

LEADERSHIP IN TIMES OF CRISIS: GLOBAL TRAINING

In 2021, PARIS21 continued to provide support in leadership skills to senior leaders of NSOs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The leadership training programme was adapted to focus on the leadership challenge and proposed solutions in times of crisis. The outcome is to deepen the knowledge of senior NSO management about leading through crisis. Due to […]

LEADERSHIP IN TIMES OF CRISIS: GLOBAL TRAINING

In 2021, PARIS21 continued to provide support in leadership skills to senior leaders of NSOs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The leadership training programme was adapted to focus on the leadership challenge and proposed solutions in times of crisis. The outcome is to deepen the knowledge of senior NSO management about leading through crisis.

Due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions, PARIS21 adopted the leadership training in a full-fledged virtual setting with seven sessions of 90 minutes each. Each dynamic session blended individual challenge reviews, short exposition with case examples, interactive dialogues, and groupwork.

PARIS21 started the first round of training in “Leading Through Crises for Executives” with NSO leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in collaboration with ECLAC and IADB, and it will continue in other regions next year.

In December 2021, PARIS21 is planning to conduct  two face-to-face leadership training (English and French) in collaboration with STATAFRIC for senior leaders of NSOs in Africa. The training will be organised as a side event of the Committee of Director Generals of Statistics (CoDG) meeting.

The training aims at unlocking the potential of NSO management to be effective in leadership roles and processes, especially in times of crisis.

DATA FOR CHANGE

The Data for Change campaign presents impact stories from all over the world that show how data and statistics are driving progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The campaign was created to raise awareness around the need to scale up domestic and international funding to data and statistics and support efforts to produce and […]

DATA FOR CHANGE

The Data for Change campaign presents impact stories from all over the world that show how data and statistics are driving progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The campaign was created to raise awareness around the need to scale up domestic and international funding to data and statistics and support efforts to produce and use high-quality, timely and disaggregated data to reach the SDGs.

This campaign draws a direct link between interventions in data and/or statistical systems and sustainable development outcomes by highlighting individual success stories linked to each of the 17 SDGs.

During the campaign, more than two dozen PARIS21 partners shared their stories via the dataforchange.org website and on social media. Those stories highlighted successful partnerships between countries and the international community, illustrating, through reporting or testimony of those involved, how better data and statistics can contribute to positive change.

The campaign culminated in an exhibition at the 2021 UNWDF forum that drew attention to successes and highlights priority areas for further support by the international community. A booklet, website and other related materials bring all the materials of the campaign together under messaging that calls for greater support to data and statistics to accelerate the Decade of Action.

COMMUNICATING GENDER DATA

PARIS21, supported by UN Women, established its position as key knowledge hub on gender data communication skills and tools. Achievements included the development of a new suite of training materials and initiatives designed to strengthen engagement between national statisticians and journalists and foster communities of practice on communicating gender data. The first e-learning course on […]

COMMUNICATING GENDER DATA

PARIS21, supported by UN Women, established its position as key knowledge hub on gender data communication skills and tools. Achievements included the development of a new suite of training materials and initiatives designed to strengthen engagement between national statisticians and journalists and foster communities of practice on communicating gender data.

The first e-learning course on “Communicating Gender Statistics” launched in the PARIS21 Academy in 2020. To date, more than 1 700 people have taken the course. Participants from Africa, Asia and the Pacific make up 40% of all registrations. A second gender e-learning course on “Communicating Statistics on Women’s Economic Empowerment” was launched in March 2021. As of October 2021, 353 participants have enrolled in the course and 58 participants have completed it successfully. This time, the highest share of registrations comes from Africa.

Testimonials from e-learning course participants from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Brazil highlight the value of the training, not only in strengthening communication around gender data, but also in facilitating practical use of gender statistics for advocacy and inclusive decision making.

To complement these virtual training initiatives, PARIS21 developed and piloted a gender module as part of its “Data Viz Toolkit”. The module includes guidance on visualising gender data as well as an introduction to Excel and Tableau. The toolkit served as the basis for national training sessions in Namibia, Peru, and Paraguay, and a regional training for Africa in association with UNECA and the Gender Data Network. These three national workshops gathered 131 participants from the government and the wider data ecosystem. Building on its existing materials and the training session co-organised with UN SIAP and UN Women in Q2, PARIS21 hosted a virtual Training of Trainers on Communicating Gender Statistics from the 7-9 September. Working in partnership with UNECA and the Gender Data Network, the training engaged stakeholders from 12 countries, with a total of 38 participants, including gender data focal points, NSO communications officers, and local journalists.

2021 ANNUAL MEETINGS: DATA AS A PUBLIC GOOD

The 2021 PARIS21 Annual Meetings, Data as a Public Good: Building Resilience for a Post-Pandemic World, offered an unprecedented four days of sessions, forums, fireside chats, and expert panels at both the global and regional level.      Over 35 leading data, statistics and development professionals, representing a wide range of fields and institutions, were featured […]

2021 ANNUAL MEETINGS: DATA AS A PUBLIC GOOD

The 2021 PARIS21 Annual Meetings, Data as a Public Good: Building Resilience for a Post-Pandemic World, offered an unprecedented four days of sessions, forums, fireside chats, and expert panels at both the global and regional level.     

Over 35 leading data, statistics and development professionals, representing a wide range of fields and institutions, were featured in the event. From the Prime Minister of Grenada to the Assistant Director-General of the WHO, all speakers and participants shared a sense of urgency that all countries need to invest in and strengthen national statistical systems to address the urgent challenges of our day, whether public health crisis or climate change.

More than a thousand people registered for the virtual meeting, 70% of whom attended the sessions or interacted with the content. Networking features of the virtual platform were also platform, with nearly a hundred bi-lateral meetings or networking events hosted by participants.

The Annual Meetings were PARIS21’s most inclusive and representative ever, with over 700 institutions represented from 128 countries. Over half of speakers were women. More than one million people interacted with the more than 140 tweets that were sent about the event. The April meeting also marked the launch of the first PARIS21 interactive progress report, which was positively received and has been updated for this fall meeting. In terms of substantive outcomes, participants recognised the need for the development community to reset priorities and define pathways to transition smartly to a fairer and a more sustainable future post-COVID-19, with strategic support to core data capacity and system-wide digital governance as a major focus of a new development deal. Statistical capacity should be treated as a public good, with countries and the development community working towards principles of inclusive data governance.

BERN NETWORK

In 2021, the PARIS21 Secretariat continued to serve as the secretariat of the Bern Network on Financing Data for Development. The core group, which serves as an informal steering committee of the network, includes the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, the UK Foreign, Development and Commonwealth Office, International Monetary […]

BERN NETWORK

In 2021, the PARIS21 Secretariat continued to serve as the secretariat of the Bern Network on Financing Data for Development. The core group, which serves as an informal steering committee of the network, includes the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, the UK Foreign, Development and Commonwealth Office, International Monetary Fund (IMF), 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 convene development agencies, statistical offices, and expert and multilateral organizations with the aim of facilitating the urgent upscaling in domestic and external data financing required to achieve effective, inclusive, and resilient data ecosystems, as outlined in the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data

To this end, in 2021 Bern Network members successfully:

  • Launched the prototype Clearinghouse for Financing Development Data, the world’s first platform to match supply of and demand for development data financing which brings together information on more than 15,000 development projects, nearly thirty IDA countries, and development aid providers. The platform allows users to analyse data financing flows, identify funding gaps, and connect to new communities of experts. The clearinghouse was launched at the third United Nations World Data Forum (UNWDF) in Bern, Switzerland, in October 2021 and was one of the three official outcomes of the forum.
  • Engaged the development effectiveness community and continued the ongoing collaboration with the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC), including to jointly organize a regional roundtable for African countries on “Sharing Best Practices to address data in development dialogue”. The Bern Network is contributing to the GPEDC’s work stream on data and statistics and is supporting efforts to develop GPEDC principles for effective cooperation for data and statistical systems for 2022.
  • Developed a statement on “Smarter financing for development data and statistics to strengthen post-pandemic recovery and inclusive growth” as a vision for collective action to implement the Cape Town Global Action Plan and frame the efforts of the United Nations High Level Group on Partnership, Coordination and Capacity Building (HLG-PCCB), World Bank and the Bern Network.
  • Organized, co-hosted and participated in 15 national, regional and international events, meetings, workshops and webinars to disseminate the work of the Bern Network, advocate for financing development data and engage with over 1,260 participants in total. These include sessions during the United Nations Statistical Commission, PARIS21 Annual Meetings, High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, and the United Nations World Data Forum, among others.
  • Engaged and grown its community of members from national, regional and international agencies, statistical offices and expert institutions worldwide to 82 institutions, with an increase in membership of 50%.

The Bern Network will continue to build on these achievements in 2022 and pursue activities that help progress its five action areas for advancing development data financing, which serve as the network’s guiding principles.

GENDER DATA NETWORK

Given the ongoing capacity constraints that many NSOs face, closing gender data gaps and linking gender data to policy, especially in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, will take ingenuity and creativity. The Gender Data Network (GDN) is a key part of the solution.  The GDN is a joint initiative between PARIS21, Data2X, the United […]

GENDER DATA NETWORK

Given the ongoing capacity constraints that many NSOs face, closing gender data gaps and linking gender data to policy, especially in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, will take ingenuity and creativity.

The Gender Data Network (GDN) is a key part of the solution. 

The GDN is a joint initiative between PARIS21, Data2X, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and Open Data Watch. Founded in 2019, the GDN is designed to raise the standard of gender data production to better match demand, improve the effectiveness of communication of and about gender data, and encourage gender data use across participating countries by:

  • Connecting its members to the wider global community focused on gender data;
  • Strengthening member capacity through fostering gender data expertise, facilitating cross-country learning, enabling capacity building and training, providing a platform for members to raise and solve issues they face; and
  • Focusing on common gender data gaps and accelerating the uptake of new methodologies to close them.

Current GDN members include gender data experts at national statistical offices (NSOs) from 15 African countries: Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Through 2020, the GDN was hosted by ECA and maintained an exclusive focus on African countries. As we look toward the next phase of the GDN, building on the insights and successes of the work in Africa, the network will scale and expand to new membership in new countries and regions. To facilitate the growth of the GDN in this next phase, PARIS21 has joined the network as the new global secretariat for the GDN in July 2021.

What has been done so far?

Since its inception in 2019, the GDN has offered a range of events and opportunities for members to engage with each other, strengthen skills, and learn from experts. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the GDN continued its engagement virtually, launching a public-facing webinar series on key issues in gender data and statistics.

Since PARIS21 became the new secretariat in July 2021, activities have included:

  • A closed GDN meeting to introduce the new partnership and get feedback from members on their training needs.
  • Two trainings involving statisticians and journalists have been organised to enhance their skills in communicating gender statistics, which included data visualization and storytelling.
  • Five members have shared their work as panellists at high profile events such as the United Nations World Data Forum, the 8th Global Forum on Gender Statistics, and a World Bank virtual event.
  • Sustained communication with members through a monthly email digest, as well as ad-hoc support to specific requests.

Overall, the network has proven useful for its members by strengthening their credibility and confidence through valuable conversations and knowledge sharing. For some, the GDN has provided exposure to new tools and best practices. For others, it has given them the support they needed to push gender issues forward in their organization.  All members have benefitted from a strong, shared sense of community that functions as a primary source of information on new developments in gender data and statistics.

What is coming next?

In 2022, the GDN will expand to new regions. Scaling to a global GDN will continue to enrich knowledge sharing among members and advance efforts to provide more and better gender data globally through inter-regional engagement. Ultimately, the goal is to host a mix of countries varying in levels of capacity and across different regions to build a global community that promotes South-South cooperation and peer learning.

Based on member needs, activities will be organised in each regions. Some events might gather more than one region if language permits. In addition, two cross-regional events with all members will be organised in 2022.

An online presence for the GDN will also be established through a platform within PARIS21’s existing web presence. The platform will be designed to link network members with relevant resources and developments in gender data and statistics.

CLEARINGHOUSE FOR FINANCING DEVELOPMENT DATA

Under the Bern Network on Financing Data for Development, PARIS21 launched the Clearinghouse for Financing Development Data: an innovative, free online platform that aid recipients, donors and others can use to close the data financing gap that is preventing progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The global community can realise huge efficiency gains […]

CLEARINGHOUSE FOR FINANCING DEVELOPMENT DATA

Launch of the Clearinghouse for Financing Development Data at the 3rd United Nations World Data Forum in Bern, Switzerland, on 3-6 October 2021

Under the Bern Network on Financing Data for Development, PARIS21 launched the Clearinghouse for Financing Development Data: an innovative, free online platform that aid recipients, donors and others can use to close the data financing gap that is preventing progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The global community can realise huge efficiency gains in financing for development data without spending any more money by ensuring that financing flows go to where they are most needed, and where they align with the priorities of aid recipient countries. The clearinghouse makes this possible by allowing users to access, for the very first time, data on 15 000 development projects, nearly thirty IDA countries, and development aid providers to analyse data financing flows, identify funding gaps, and connect to new communities of experts. The platform draws on a range of data sources from PARIS21, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank and other partners.

In addition, the platform features a channel dedicated to gender data financing which provides information on financing flows to gender data over the past ten years, among other analyses and resources. By facilitating this thematic entry point, the platform helps provide transparency to commitments made at the Generation Equality Forum 2021 to close gender data gaps. 

The clearinghouse was launched at the 3rd United Nations World Data Forum (UNWDF) in Bern, Switzerland, on 3-6 October 2021. As one of the three official outcomes of the forum, the platform was recognised as an important mechanism to strengthen co-ordination and make funding for data more effective, in line with the principles identified by countries of the UN’s High-level Group on Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda (HLG-PCCB).

It was also welcomed by the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed in the concluding plenary session of the forum. The clearinghouse complements the World Bank’s Global Data Facility, also launched during the UN World Data Forum, which is another solution to catalyse the needed step-change in development data finance to deliver Agenda 2030.

The platform was developed by PARIS21 in its capacity as secretariat of the Bern Network, together with Open Data Watch. The Government of Switzerland, UN Statistical Division, World Bank, OECD, Data2X, IDRC Canada and Eurostat provided significant input and support, in addition to the members of the Bern Network core group.

DECENTRALISED KNOWLEDGE-SHARING IN LAC

PARIS21 is promoting decentralised knowledge sharing among national statistical offices in Latin America by opening spaces where NSOs can learn from each other around different topics of interest. In collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE) of Paraguay, PARIS21 launched a peer learning scheme that brings NSOs together to discuss key issues around the […]

DECENTRALISED KNOWLEDGE-SHARING IN LAC

PARIS21 is promoting decentralised knowledge sharing among national statistical offices in Latin America by opening spaces where NSOs can learn from each other around different topics of interest.

In collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE) of Paraguay, PARIS21 launched a peer learning scheme that brings NSOs together to discuss key issues around the modernisation of statistical offices and systems in preparation for the future. Fourteen countries participated in the first dialogue focused on the different organisational models that NSOs have in the region and how they impact the way these institutions can respond to external shocks. The NSOs from Ecuador, Costa Rica and Paraguay shared the advantages and disadvantages of their organigrams and led a discussion on opportunities for improvement in the future. PARIS21 and the INE of Paraguay will continue to foster similar dialogues during 2022.

Additionally, since December 2020, PARIS21, in collaboration with NSOs, the Inter-American Development Bank and UN ECLAC, organised four regional webinars related to the impact of COVID-19 in statistical operations and institutions. The webinars showcased good practices in the region and allowed participants to discuss the different approaches NSOs took to face the pandemic. The topics included: 

  • The importance of subnational data to monitor the pandemic
  • Multi-stakeholder approaches to data - participatory ecosystems
  • Statistical communication in times of crisis
  • Integration of geospatial data and official statistics

CITIZEN-GENERATED DATA IN KENYA

In 2021, PARIS21 and GIZ/Partners for Review supported the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) in embracing data from alternative sources to close data gaps in official reporting. The intervention was designed to help KNBS lay the foundation for the systematic production of high quality data aligned to policy needs. Milestones included the launch of […]

CITIZEN-GENERATED DATA IN KENYA

In 2021, PARIS21 and GIZ/Partners for Review supported the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) in embracing data from alternative sources to close data gaps in official reporting. The intervention was designed to help KNBS lay the foundation for the systematic production of high quality data aligned to policy needs.

Milestones included the launch of the Kenya Strategy for the Development of Statistics (KSDS), 2019/20 – 2022/23 in April, as well as the development of Kenya Statistical Quality Assurance Framework (KeSQAF). The KSDS calls for the use of alternative data sources and methodologies, while KeSQAF is expected to bolster the credibility of the bureau as a producer of evidence for policy making. KeSQAF will present a set of quality dimensions that safeguard the provision of quality statistics.

PARIS21, as a trusted partner of KNBS, provided comments to the early version of KeSQAF and encouraged KNBS to include additional criteria for accepting citizen-generated data (CGD) as “fit for purpose”.

PARIS21 delivered two trainings to the KNBS Quality Working Group and Kenyan civil society organisations (CSOs). The June online training provided KNBS with the basic understanding of the concept of CGD, as well as methodologies for its reuse, based on the PARIS21 framework.

The August face-to-face workshop in Nakuru saw an unprecedented mobilisation of civil society actors, who showed themselves ready to work hand-in-hand with KNBS to shed light on the Kenyan population. In total, 28 KNBS staff, two nationwide CSO platforms and six individual CSOs attended the workshop to present their data to more than 30 KNBS staff and development partners (GIZ, GPSDD, UN Women) and learn about the quality assurance approach of KNBS. Currently, KNBS is putting together an inventory of CSOs in the country and is preparing to publish CGD-acceptance criteria based on a trial sample.

PARTNERING FOR CHANGE: SIDA-SCB-PARIS21 COLLABORATION

The collaboration between PARIS21 and Statistics Sweden continued with the implementation of a wide variety of knowledge materials, and outreach to country partners in a number of areas. With financing from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), PARIS21 has benefitted from Swedish expertise to support key initiatives, gaining insights from Statistics Sweden’s own work as […]

PARTNERING FOR CHANGE: SIDA-SCB-PARIS21 COLLABORATION

The collaboration between PARIS21 and Statistics Sweden continued with the implementation of a wide variety of knowledge materials, and outreach to country partners in a number of areas. With financing from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), PARIS21 has benefitted from Swedish expertise to support key initiatives, gaining insights from Statistics Sweden’s own work as an NSO, its contacts with bilateral partners and its links to ongoing global initiatives.

Some initiatives include;

  • Strengthening environment statistics in Zambia, with expertise on environmental statistics and Statistics Sweden’s bilateral partnership with the Zambia Statistics Office;
  • Developing guidance on geospatial data integration in official statistics with expertise on geospatial data in line with UN initiatives;
  • Contributing to the #DataforChange campaign with impact stories from Statistics Sweden’s bilateral and regional projects
  • Evaluating and adjusting content for e-learning courses in gender statistics, with expertise from gender experts at Statistics Sweden and Statistics Sweden’s regional gender statistics programme

The partnership between a leading NSO with experience of working on the ground with partners in low and middle-income countries, and PARIS21’s wide knowledge and global platform has provided the opportunity for PARIS21 to develop relevant materials and design support to fit countries’ needs, and to learn from partners’ experiences in implementation for future development.

PARIS21 ACADEMY

The PARIS21 Academy took on new relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic as a resource to strengthen the skills and knowledge of PARIS21 partners around the world. The platform features interactive knowledge resources such as courses, podcasts, talks, toolkits, and webinars on topics ranging from capacity development, data communication, data planning, financing data for development, gender […]

PARIS21 ACADEMY

The PARIS21 Academy took on new relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic as a resource to strengthen the skills and knowledge of PARIS21 partners around the world.

The platform features interactive knowledge resources such as courses, podcasts, talks, toolkits, and webinars on topics ranging from capacity development, data communication, data planning, financing data for development, gender statistics and trust in data, 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.

New resources available now:

Communicating Statistics on Women's Economic Empowerment

This new online course on Communicating Statistics on Women's Economic Empowerment is designed to help journalists and statisticians report on the different status of women and men in the economy and the challenges to inclusive economic empowerment. The 12 sessions of this course introduce the concept of economic empowerment, guide participants on the data needed to explore this topic, and provide advice on how to produce engaging stories around gender data to highlight the need for women's economic empowerment.

Journalists and statisticians are the main target audiences for this course. However, the content is open and accessible to anyone who is looking to improve their understanding of gender statistics and develop their data communication skills. In addition to joint sessions on key issues and themes, the course includes dedicated sessions for journalists and statisticians individually for more targeted content delivery. These sessions are clearly designated in the course outline, but remain open to all participants. Each learning session concludes with a short quiz to facilitate content retention.

This course was developed by PARIS21 in collaboration with UN Women as part of the 'Making Every Woman and Girl Count' initiative.

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

A related online course ‘Communicating gender statistics for gender equality’, is also available on the platform.

Data-visualisation toolkit

The PARIS21 data viz toolkit helps participants understand the principles of effective data visualisation and how to successfully build them. The downloadable materials can be used for self-learning or for workshops targeted at statisticians, communications officers, or journalists who want to make their data more impactful. Participants can use the materials by selecting the modules according to their needs or reviewing the entire toolkit together.

As part of a collaboration with UN Women, the data viz toolkit also includes a special module on gender data visualisation that will introduce participants to the particularities of gender statistics and their visualisation.

Throughout the toolkit materials, participants will learn about principles and good practices around static data visualisation, tools available for data viz, creating data visualisations using Tableau public and Excel, tricks to ensure gender-sensitive data viz products and basic introduction to dynamic data visualisation.

PEER LEARNING IN FRANCOPHONE AFRICA

In 2021, PARIS21, in partnership with INSEE, UNECA and AFRISTAT, continued a joint project to strengthen peer learning of NSOs from French-speaking countries in Africa, to discuss critical areas affected by the COVID-19 crisis and share possible solutions and opportunities to mitigate the impact on NSO/NSS operations.    This remote initiative allowed NSOs and other experts to […]

PEER LEARNING IN FRANCOPHONE AFRICA

In 2021, PARIS21, in partnership with INSEE, UNECA and AFRISTAT, continued a joint project to strengthen peer learning of NSOs from French-speaking countries in Africa, to discuss critical areas affected by the COVID-19 crisis and share possible solutions and opportunities to mitigate the impact on NSO/NSS operations.   

This remote initiative allowed NSOs and other experts to share experience on methodological issues related to COVID-19 response to data and statistics production, communication and use, and helped to enhance NSS resilience.

As a continuation of the five webinars organised in 2020, two webinars – “Food security in times of COVID-19: what challenges for measurement?” and “Media Engagement in Official Statistics: How and Why?” – were organised during 2021.

The media engagement webinar allowed participants to share experiences on the different strategies that could be put in place by the producers of official statistics, mainly the national statistical offices, aimed at engaging the media and journalists as well as exploring the advantages of such engagements for the advancement of the national statistical systems.

The third webinar in the series is planned to take place before the end of the year and will focus on “Business surveys and economic census methods in times of COVID-19 crisis and the use of results to strengthening/updating business registers”.

The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) promotes the better use and production of statistics inlow- and middle-income countries. 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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