What is the GDN?
The GDN is a community founded in 2019 by Data2X, UNECA, and Open Data Watch to bring together gender data experts from national statistical offices (NSOs) across Africa to exchange and support each other in their efforts to improve the quality and availability of gender data. PARIS21 joined the network in 2021. Building on the insights and successes of the work in Africa, the network is currently scaling to a global GDN by expanding to new countries in Asia.
Current members include gender data experts at NSOs from 22 African countries: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
A global community of gender data experts
The GDN has proven useful for its members by strengthening their credibility and confidence through valuable conversations and knowledge sharing. For some members, 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 organisation. 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.
Through the GDN, members have been able to build their expertise through peer learning across countries, enabling capacity building efforts, offering training opportunities as well as a platform to discuss and identify solutions to common issues.
Scaling to Asia will enable enriched knowledge sharing among members and advance efforts to provide more and better gender data globally through inter-regional engagement and peer learning.