The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) promotes the better use and production of statistics throughout the developing world.

Since its establishment in 1999, PARIS21 has successfully developed a worldwide network of statisticians, policy makers, analysts, and development practitioners committed to evidence-based decision making. With the main objective to achieve national and international development goals and reduce poverty in low- and middle-income countries, PARIS21 facilitates statistical capacity development, advocates for the integration of reliable data in decision making, and co-ordinates donor support to statistics.

PARIS21 was established by the United Nations, the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank.

Initiatives & Resources

  • Dedicated work at the global, regional and country levels to mainstream gender in strategies for the development of statistics. Activities and products include the creation of a new gender module in ADAPT, a new framework for assessing gender statistics in national statistical systems and in-country gender data workshops across the globe.
  • Spearheading “Capacity Development 4.0” (CD4.0), including the production of brand-new Guidelines for Developing Statistical Capacity which launched in January 2020.
  • Annual evaluations of the state of support to statistics at both the international (PRESS) and country (CRESS) levels.
  • Advocacy and support for greater financing for more and better data via PRESS, CRESS and the Bern Network.
  • Global coordination of international, cross-sector dialogue and action on issues in development data via regular cross-regional engagement.

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Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

To encourage the better use of statistics in developing countries, by providing support and strengthening National Statistical Systems. This overall broad commitment will be achieved by completing a series of planned activities that contribute to harnessing the data revolution. These commitments are particularly important as national statistical offices (NSOs) must be at the heart of the data revolution to bridge the existing global data inequalities. Strengthening their systems will be a critical success factor of the data revolution.


Initiatives in PARIS21

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Data Roadmaps

GPSDD Initiated
Data roadmaps support countries in developing and implementing multi-stakeholder data ecosystems for sustainable development.
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Data4SDGs Toolbox

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The Data4SDGs Toolbox is a set of tools, methods, and resources to help countries create and implement holistic data roadmaps for sustainable development.
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More and Better Financing for Data

GPSDD Initiated
This initiative will secure better cooperation and action on data financing by strengthening the evidence base on the value of investing in data, challenging donor behavior and prioritizing country-level needs, and advocating for more financing.
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Citizen-Generated Data Task Team

Looking for Partners | GPSDD Initiated
Working to produce recommendations on what types of CGD initiatives are best suited to different purposes; producing guidance on how to navigate and engage with different types of CGD initiatives; and providing a forum to share experiences, challenges, and learning related to CGD.

News about PARIS21

September 26, 2016

Financing SDG data needs: What does it cost?

Two reports argue that financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) data needs -- effectively measuring and monitoring SDG implementation -- requires modest additional investment in data and statistical capacity.

This Partner Works to Achieve These SDGs