The discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has renewed interest in strengthening the quality and availability of statistics for management, program design and monitoring performance. The Financing for Development Summit in July 2015 presents a crucial opportunity to make the case for increased investments in development data, but to do so the statistical community need to agree upon a robust estimate of resource needs.

Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Capacity Developmentprepared by a broad coalition of data for development experts convened by SDSN, attempts to respond to that challenge. “Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Development” estimates that the IDA-eligible countries will need to spend $1 billion a year to upgrade their statistical systems and carry out regular data collection for the SDGs. Donors must maintain current contributions to statistics, of approximately US$300 million per annum, and go further, leveraging US$100-200 million more in Official Development Assistance (ODA) to support country efforts. For their part, recipient countries must commit to fill the gap, mobilizing domestic resources behind clear national strategies for the development of statistics (NSDSs).

Both donors and recipient countries must look to join the data revolution. The unprecedented rate of innovation in data collection techniques and technologies and the capacity to distribute data widely and freely has expanded the horizon of possibility. The adoption of the SDGs presents a strategic opportunity to realize the data revolution and demonstrate the centrality of data for development.


Contributing Partners

Sustainable Development Solutions Network - A Global Initiative for the United Nations
Academic / Research Institution
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network connects researchers, practitioners, and policymakers around the globe to create and catalyze solutions to our world's most pressing economic, social, and environmental challenges.
Open Data Watch
Non-governmental Organization
Open Data Watch is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization that works at the junction of open data and official statistics, monitoring open data policies, measuring their success and impact, sharing knowledge, building partnerships, and offering strategic advice and practical assistance to national governments, international organizations, and other NGOs.
Center for International Earth Science Information Network - The Earth Institute - Columbia University
Academic / Research Institution
The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) is a center within the Earth Institute at Columbia University. CIESIN works at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences, and specializes in online data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.
PARIS21 - Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century
Multilateral Organization
PARIS21 promotes the better use and production of statistics throughout the developing world.
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.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics Logo
Multilateral Organization
The UNESCO Institute for Statistics is the official and trusted source of internationally - comparable data on education, science, culture, and communication.

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