Inclusive Data Charter launch event

This time last year, we launched the Inclusive Data Charter (IDC) on the sidelines of the High-Level Political Forum in New York. A task team, facilitated by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, came up with the idea of the Charter as a political tool to spur countries and organisations to take action to strengthen data disaggregation as we work towards the Sustainable Development Goals. To ensure we collect and use data on all populations, and live up to the promise to leave no one behind.

The idea of the Charter is simple but effective – those that sign up to the IDC’s vision and five principles, also develop an action plan. This is tailored to the particular government or organisation and outlines the steps they are taking to accelerate progress on inclusive data.

We now have 15 IDC Champions* made up of a mix of governments, multilaterals, and civil society organisations. To mark the first anniversary of the Charter, IDC Champions were asked to report on the progress they had made on their action plans since signing up. The reporting outlines detailed examples of what Champions are doing to collect more disaggregated data in censuses, surveys, and administrative systems; how this is then being used to start bringing about change in policy and programs; and how more staff are being trained in the importance of inclusive data.  

The past year has also seen the IDC showcased at a number of global events including the World Data Forum; the UN Statistical Commission; ASEAN Heads of Statistics meeting, and the Commonwealth Heads of Statistics meeting. There has also been collaboration amongst Champions in common areas of work; and progress made by Champions to influence other governments and organisations to take action on data disaggregation. An IDC One Year On summary is available, which outlines key highlights. Read the full monitoring reports here.

The year ahead looks exciting with more countries and organisations signing up and making wide-reaching commitments around collecting, using, and sharing disaggregated data. The IDC Secretariat team will also be growing with two new roles – one focused on offering new and existing Champions technical advice to support implementing their action plans; and the other focused on engaging more governments and organisations in the work of the IDC and encouraging them to sign up. 

We are delighted to be working with a dedicated and diverse group of IDC Champions on this initiative and very proud of the work that is being done to better understand the experiences of the world’s poorest and most marginalised. This will allow us to make better decisions that positively impact all people’s lives, and ensure no one is left behind.

*IDC Champions include the Ghana Statistical Service, Colombia's National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE), Philippine Statistics Authority, the UK's Department for International Development, UK Office for National Statistics, Government of Kenya, Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education in Sierra Leone, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank, Data2X, Development Initiatives, Sightsavers, HelpAge International; and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.


Contributing Partners

Sightsavers Logo
Non-governmental organization
Sightsavers is an international organization working with partners in developing countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people.
HelpAge International Logo
Non-governmental organization
HelpAge International is a global network of organizations promoting the rights of all older people to lead dignified, healthy and secure lives.
Development Initiatives Logo
Non-governmental organization
Development Initiatives (DI) is an independent international development organization that focuses on the role of data in driving poverty eradication and sustainable development.
Multilateral organization
Supporting countries in the collection, analysis and dissemination of census data for development is a critical part of UNFPA's mandate. UNFPA plays key roles in coordinating technical and financial assistance for censuses -- support can include resource mobilization, the provision of chief technical advisers, training in technical communication and advocacy, operating publicity campaigns, as well as developing census budgets, road maps, and instruments, such as questionnaires and manuals.
Multilateral organization
Across 190 countries and territories, UNICEF and its partners are working hard to make the best, most practical use of data to drive results for children and young people.
Data2X - Partnering for a Gender Data Revolution
Non-governmental organization
Data2X is a collaborative technical and advocacy platform dedicated to improving the quality, availability and use of gender data in order to make a practical difference in the lives of girls and women worldwide.
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre logo
Non-governmental organization
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is the leading source of information and analysis on internal displacement. By telling the story of internal displacement, we keep the issue and the plight of internally displaced people high on the global agenda.
UK Aid from the British people
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for all of us which is firmly in the UK’s national interest.
Office for National Statistics Logo
The Office for National Statistics is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and its recognised national statistical institute.
Statistical Service Ghana Logo
Ghana Statistical Service's mission is to lead the efficient production and management of quality official statistics in support of national development.
Philippine Statistics Authority Logo - Solid, Responsive, World-class
The Philippine Statistics Authority's mission is to deliver relevant, reliable statistics and civil registration services for equitable development towards improved quality of life for all.
The World Bank - IBRD - IDA - World Bank Group
Multilateral organization
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development.
DANE Logo - Informacion para Todos
The National Administrative Department of Statistics is responsible for the planning, compilation, analysis, and dissemination of the official statistics of Colombia.