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Living conditions survey seeks data for policy formulation

“Efforts to stimulate growth and to reduce poverty have been constrained by a lack of data in many countries including Myanmar and the lack of data prevents analysts from identifying trends in how Myanmar can make progress toward its development goals, said Mr Schmieding. “Surveys such as the Myanmar Living Conditions Survey ask questions on people’s income and consumption levels and include a lot of other critical information which can help tailor support to those who need it the most.” said Daw Khin Sett Yee.”

Myanmar Times

SDG Progress Report Reveals Slow Start to Delivering on 2030 Agenda

The SDGs are increasingly being used to inform decision making and guide strategy, which is helping drive innovation and create new value along the value chain. The result of these intensifying efforts has been a positive shift across the 17 SDGs, a trend which is highlighted in the UN Secretary General’s 2017 Sustainable Development Goal Progress Report. The report (…) will be presented at the beginning of the 2017 session of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on July 10th, but preliminary results have already emerged.

Sustainable Brands

Panel to oversee progress in UN’s SDG

“The Centre will soon set up a high-level committee headed by Chief Statistician of India to oversee the country's progress towards UN’s Sustainable Development Goals aimed at ending poverty, fighting inequalities and tackling climate change.”

The Hindu (India)

Côte d’Ivoire: pour retenir ses compétences l’INS propose des salaires de 350.000 à 600.000 Fcfa aux statisticiens débutants

« Cet atelier de restitution de la mission d’élaboration du profil de carrière qui se tient du 20 au 21 juin à l’Ecole nationale de statistique et de l’économie appliquée (ENSEA), vise à redynamiser et motiver les ressources humaines mais surtout à fidéliser les compétences de l’institut, a-t-elle indiqué. Les agents statisticiens auront des salaires attractifs au-delà de ceux des fonctionnaires, a relevé Mme Kobenan, précisant que « ces salaires partiront de 350.000 Fcfa, voire 400.000 Fcfa jusqu’au-delà de 600.000 Fcfa pour les débutants et chaque deux ans ils augmenteront d’échelon ». » (Côte d’Ivoire)

Big data: could mobile data contribute to the design of better public policies?

“Decisions with a global reach that have hitherto been taken without considering quantitative population data can now taken by doing so,” explains [Nuria] Oliver. Such data allows us to understand very useful global patterns of human behaviour when addressing social issues. What are known as algorithms “for social good” can be used to optimize the resources in public goods, such as health, security, access to education or fair employment.”

Equal Times

Data for Development: The Case for Information, Not Just Data

“The truth is there is a plethora of data at the country level, generated by surveys, special studies, administrative systems, private sector, and citizens that can provide meaningful insights across all the development goals. (…) But data—like our programs’—often remain in silos. (…) As we gather in New York next month to assess progress on the SDGs,  let’s not forget that, in addition to having more and better data, we also need to make better use of the data we already have, transforming it into useful information to guide action for the betterment of people and planet.”


Can we use open data to promote gender-inclusive development?

“To date, little research has been done on gender budgeting and monitoring using open data. We want to change that and begin understanding two main questions: Can open data be used as a tool to achieve gender-responsive development? How can we ensure that women are empowered by and benefit from open government data?”

Open Data Labs

De l’art camerounais de construire cinq ponts au même endroit

« La ville africaine aujourd’hui ne devrait plus se programmer sur l’offre, mais bien sur la demande. Le double pont du Wouri a sans doute été conçu dans les années 1990, lorsqu’on pensait qu’il fallait prévoir des développements futurs à très long terme, ce terme n’arrivant jamais. Puis, après des années et des années, il a été mis en œuvre sans remettre en cause les réflexions de base. Une vieille idée dans un corps jeune. La ville aujourd’hui devrait, en Afrique plus qu’ailleurs, répondre sans fantaisie aux besoins réels des habitants, qui paieront d’une manière ou d’une autre ces dettes contractées au nom du développement. »

Le Monde Afrique

REGIONAL: OECS to benefit from new public statistics database

“Citizens of [the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States] Member States now have data at their fingertips with the launch of OECSInfo 2.0, a centralised database with regional social and economic statistics such as labour force indicators, population, education and inflation rates. OECSInfo 2.0, launched on June 13th 2017, was developed by the OECS Commission as an adaptation of DevInfo (…).  It is a one-stop, web-based tool that offers social and economic data for all OECS countries in one place and can be accessed by anyone, anytime and anywhere using the URL:

St Lucia News

EU Council Adopts Conclusions on SDG Implementation

“On next steps, the Council recommends that the EC identify areas where the EU needs to do more by 2030 in the areas of governance structures, policy and legislation to support horizontal coherence and means of implementation. The Council calls for an integrated, comprehensive implementation approach that builds synergies with implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and other international commitments.”


UN monitoring SDG indicators in Turkmenistan

“UN representatives are monitoring social indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Turkmenistan, the country’s government said in a message.”

Trends News Agency (Turkmenistan)



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