A joint PARIS21, UNSD, GPSDD side event was held on 14 July during the sidelines of the 2017 High-level Political Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The event brought together nearly 90 people from various sectors interested in discussing the link between SDGs, data and capacity development. Panelists shared best practices around capacity and statistical development and advocated for more co-ordinated development activities and political outreach.
Key takeaways from the panel discussion and audience include:
· Need to go beyond “technical training” and focus more on the “enabling environment” side of capacity development, including at the subnational/local level
· Need to humanise capacity development through strategic engagements that focus on results
· Need to concentrate efforts beyond typical aid paradigm to ensure sustainability of efforts
Prior to the event, PARIS21 published the discussion paper Realising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development: Towards Capacity Development 4.0. This paper looks into traditional approaches to capacity development and discusses the need for new working methodologies.