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What is the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data?

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is an open, independent, multi-stakeholder network harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development.

What does the Global Partnership do?

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data convenes, connects and catalyzes action to achieve sustainable development and pave a road to dignity for all using data. It works to galvanize commitments, build capacities and foster collaborations to address data gaps and harness the data revolution to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Why was the Global Partnership formed?

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data was launched in September 2015 alongside a new global framework for sustainable development, adopted by world leaders during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda had previously identied the exponential increase in volume, quality and sources of data as a major potential driver of sustainable development.

How is the Global Partnership different from other initiatives?

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is unique in its mission, makeup and approach. We aim to solve a fundamental crisis at the heart of the worldwide movement to eradicate extreme poverty — a crisis of non-existent, inaccessible or unreliable data and a lack of skills to use it. To address this crisis, we are creating a center of gravity in the development data space that drives impact and fosters collaboration among a diverse set of actors. Our membership includes public, private and civil society groups from around the globe, working across a range of sectors and causes.

Who is the Global Partnership?

The Global Partnership is a network of more than 150 data champions representing the full range of data producers and users working around the world to harness the data revolution for sustainable development. Members include governments, companies, civil society groups, international organizations, academic institutions, foundations, statistics agencies and data communities.

What challenges does the Global Partnership aim to address?

Important decisions affecting development around the world are often based on incomplete, inaccessible or simply inaccurate information. But change is underway. Robust and powerful data ecosystems are emerging, and new technology has improved the availability and usefulness of data. Open data initiatives and private actors have contributed to this trend. The Global Partnership seeks to:

  • INCREASE the demand and supply of credible, accurate, dynamic and disaggregated data.
  • ADDRESS data gaps in terms of quantity, timeliness, credibility and quality.
  • INCREASE the capacity, accessibility and effective use of data for decision-making, empowerment and accountability.
  • PROMOTE broad dissemination and scaling of new data innovations and technologies.
  • CONNECT stakeholders across sectors as well as across data communities to harness the data revolution for sustainable development and leave no one behind.

What has the Global Partnership been working on since its launch?

Since our political launch in September 2015, we have been:

  • WORKING with countries to develop and implement roadmaps to harness the data revolution for sustainable development.
  • ENGAGING with data collaboratives and systems, helping to catalyze new collaborations where needed.
  • ASSESSING gaps, overlaps and barriers to the use of existing statistics and data principles to ensure better implementation.
  • ENCOURAGING innovation and collaboration among data communities through high-level meetings and workshops focused on statistics, data science and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • IDENTIFYING opportunities for resource alignment and mobilization.
  • HARMONIZING data speci cations and architectures, and helping to ensure the interoperability of technology platforms for assembling, accessing and using development data.

What is the Global Partnership’s current working model?

An Interim Steering Group of Anchor Partners currently governs the Global Partnership while a small Interim Secretariat manages day-to-day operations. The United Nations Foundation hosts the Global Partnership. A longer-term governance framework and operational structure is being crafted and a permanent executive director is expected to join the partnership in 2016.

The Global Partnership convenes several working groups dedicated to filling data gaps and supporting national data revolution roadmaps, action plans and collaboratives, crafting data principles and protocols, strengthening data architectures and platforms, as well as mobilizing and aligning resources.

When will the Global Partnership’s interim phase come to an end?

The Interim Secretariat will function through the Global Partnership’s operational launch in the fourth quarter of 2016, when an executive director will take the helm of the organization.

Who provides resources to the Global Partnership?

Numerous members of the Global Partnership provide monetary and in-kind contributions, including staff time, technology, advice and other assets. Major funding has been provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation, International Development Research Centre and World Bank, as well as the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and US government, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

Who can join the Global Partnership?

The Global Partnership is open to all governments, international institutions, companies, civil society groups as well as statistics and data communities that are dedicated to harnessing data to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

How do I sign up to become a member of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data?

To become a partner, your organization will be asked to offer a commitment to help meet the Partnership’s goal of harnessing the data revolution for the Sustainable Development Goals. Applications can be submitted through our website at:

www.data4sdgs.org/JOIN

How does the Global Partnership support its members?

We see ourselves as conveners, connectors and catalyzers. We facilitate our members’ access to other key stakeholders to exchange best practices, learn from one another and drive impact together in ways one actor alone would not be able to. 

Which organizations are part of the Global Partnership? 

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is a multi-stakeholder network of more than 150 data champions, representing the full range of data producers and users working to harness the data revolution for sustainable development. Data Champions include governments, companies, civil society organizations, international organizations, academic institutions, charities, and the official statistics and data communities. 

Click here to learn more about our Data Champions and how you may join them.

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