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AODN December Resource List

AODN December Resource List

The monthly resource list for December 2020 puts together content including a reading list of reports released in 2020, avenues for capacity building, and events from different stakeholders across the globe on the use of (open)data and for better service delivery in sectors such as Agriculture, Education, and Health.

  • What AODN is reading this Month

Reports by stakeholders in the data ecosystem in the year 2020:

Open Data Inventory (ODIN) 202021

 The 2020/21 Open Data Inventory (ODIN) is the fifth edition of the index compiled by Open Data Watch. ODIN 2020/21 provides an assessment of the coverage and openness of official statistics in 187 countries, an increase of 9 countries compared to ODIN 2018/19. The year 2020 was a challenging year for the world as countries grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, and despite the pandemic’s negative impact on the capacity of statistics producers, 2020 saw great progress in open data. Explore a summary of the main findings from ODIN 2020/21 here

PARIS21(2020): Partner Report on Support to Statistics 2020

This report provides the key facts and evidence for more and better funding needs to development data. It includes a new section (Part 1) to provide a snapshot of funding to data and statistics during the time of COVID-19.
Part 2 of the report presents key findings by recipients and providers of
development co-operation in detail, including a section on the most recent
trend in funding to gender statistics. The annex explains the methodology used to produce this report, which includes the traditional approach that produces the classic results of PRESS and a new approach that can improve the timeliness and coverage of data on support to statistical capacity development. Read more.

The Open Ownership Principles

The Open Ownership Principles (OO Principles) set the gold standard for effective beneficial ownership (BO) disclosure. The OO Principles are intended to support governments implementing BO reforms and guide international institutions, civil society, and private sector actors in understanding and advocating for effective reforms. As the policy area of beneficial ownership transparency (BOT) continues to evolve, OO will continue to refine and update the OO Principles to ensure they remain a high but achievable standard that delivers impact. Read more.

The State of Open Data 2020 

How are researchers using open data in 2020, the State of Open Data 2020 report examines the attitudes and experiences of researchers working with open data. This year’s survey received around 4,500 responses from the research community and had an additional focus on research practices in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It asked researchers how the pandemic was impacting their ability to carry out research, and their views on the reuse of data and collaboration. Read more. 

Report: A Global Movement for Better Data & Better Lives: Five years, five facts.

This report sets out how partners from the private sector, civil society, academia, and government are coming together to respond to common challenges that can be addressed by leveraging data and technology in a thoughtful and inclusive way. A suite of data visualizations and maps illustrate the many collaborations taking place, with over 70 partnerships brokered in 27 countries. Read more.

A Guide to Open Government and the Coronavirus 

This guide is a one-stop shop for the best current resources on how open government projects and approaches can support tackling the pandemic. It draws on over 350 crowdsourced examples from the open government community and amplifies the work of OGP’s wide range of thematic partners, many of whom have directly contributed their expertise to the guide. The guide is for open government reformers who are looking for practical ideas, tools, and resources that can be adapted to their particular context. The guide lays out recommendations and resources for an open response and an open recovery, and some long-term reforms that OGP members should consider to build trust and resilience to manage future shocks of this nature, and stronger societies overall. Read more.

Situating Open Data: Global Trends in Local Contexts

Situating Open Data provides several empirical accounts of open data practices, the local implementation of global initiatives, and the development of new open data ecosystems. Drawing on case studies in different countries and contexts, the chapters demonstrate the practices and actors involved in open government data initiatives unfolding within different socio-political settings. Read more.

Using Evidence in Policy and Practice: Lessons from Africa 

This book focuses on the use of evidence, and it was written to improve understanding of how using evidence can help inform and strengthen development policy, programmes, and practice in Africa. The book approaches evidence from the perspective of policymakers rather than researchers. It explores how African policymakers and development practitioners can apply interventions to promote the use of evidence to improve development outcomes and impacts. Read more. 

The Emergence of the Third Wave of Open Data

Inspired by conversations throughout the Summer of Open Data, this paper identifies the achievements and deficits in current and past approaches to open data and charts a new way forward for the movement that builds on lessons learned. Read more. 

UN World Data Forum one-pager

The 2020 Virtual UN World Data Forum’s one-pager provides highlights from the forum including session highlights and participant profiles.

  • Events 

Open Data Day 2021 will take place on Saturday 6th March

Open Data Day is the annual global celebration of open data facilitated by the Open Knowledge Foundation.Each year, groups from around the world organise local events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data in their communities. It is an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society.

Monthly  Planning Meeting: Africa Open Data Collaboratives 

Join us for in-person meetings for the monthly webinar in conjunction with the African Open Data Collaboratives(AODC) every first Tuesday of the month. Sign up on meetup.

Lessons from the pandemic: Building better gender data in the world of work (19th December 2020 )

This webinar will focus on the recent work developed by ILO to fill gender data gaps highlighted by the pandemic in work statistics. It will underline the range of gender-relevant analysis which is enabled and the types of gender data gaps that can be filled by implementing the latest statistical standards, notably those adopted at the 19th ICLS in October 2013. It will also identify some of the key measurement challenges identified by the ILO through recent pilot testing work, thereby raising awareness of the need for good measurement practices alongside the application of the latest standard. Register here.

  • Trainings

Data Stewardship: Developing a Data Reuse Strategy for Solving Public Problems

The Data Stewardship executive education course from the Open Data Policy Lab intends to attract and develop highly talented aspiring data stewards who are interested in better-incorporating data reuse into their operations. While an application to participate is free, participation will be limited to a small cohort who work on data collaboration issues or serve individuals tasked by their organization to act as data stewards. Candidates are invited to apply until Friday, 17th December 2020. 

Open Data Management In Agriculture And Nutrition Course

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Open Data Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition is a comprehensive introduction to open data and its applications for agriculture and nutrition. It deals with such themes as how to deal with different types of data formats and uses; and, the importance of reliability, accessibility, interoperability, and transparency of data. Key knowledge and concepts needed by the target audience are provided, as well as task-based training designed to support data professionals in their daily activities. 

Open Data for Data Users

The “Open Data for Data Users” e-learning course is designed to provide a broad overview of Open Data from a user standpoint and empower anyone to take full advantage of Open Data. This course is intended for anyone who wants to make better use of Open Data, including ordinary citizens, and assumes no prior knowledge of Open Data or technical skills. It is particularly intended for users in developing countries. This course provides users with the knowledge and specific skills they need to understand and use Open Data effectively and responsibly, and to participate fully in the Open Data community. 

AODN November Resource List

AODN November Resource List

The AODN monthly resource list for November 2020 puts together content including a reading list, avenues for capacity building, and events from different stakeholders across the globe on the use of (open)data and for better service delivery in sectors such as Agriculture, Education, and Health. 

The Potential Role of Open Data In Mitigating The COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities

This article describes several use cases whereby open data have already been used globally in the COVID-19 response. It highlights major challenges to using these data and provides recommendations on how to foster a robust open data ecosystem to ensure that open data can be leveraged in both this pandemic and future public health emergencies. Read more 

Lessons for Open Data for Development Programmes

As more initiatives emerge, there is a need for stronger evidence to inform effective design and implementation that can mitigate inequities in access and maximize the development potential of open data. To address this evidence gap, this IDS Policy Briefing draws lessons from a performance evaluation of the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative to make recommendations for funders and managers of similar open data development programs, as well as for those influencing governmental or organizational data policy. Read more

Leveraging OGP for a Transparent COVID-19 Response in Africa

Like governments around the world, African countries have shifted enormous resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given such massive spending, fiscal transparency is more important than ever to minimize financial mismanagement and corruption. Through OGP commitments, countries in Africa have embarked on important governance reforms to strengthen fiscal transparency. Read more

Open Data Standards Design Behind Closed Doors?

Sometimes (when building open data standards) we focus so much on building the technology that we forget to focus on power and to address the new power dynamics formed. Even if we try to contain it to technical spaces, standardization is more than a technical process. It is an exercise that enables data production and use to be reconsidered. Standards are not only shaping how data is produced but are also bringing about the silent, localized changes in bureaucracies. Therefore, it is important for us to not only understand how powerful open data standards can be in creating changes but to also address some of the challenges that are part of their design and implementation. Read more 

Third Wave of Open Data: How To Accelerate the Re-Use of Data for Public Interest Purposes While Ensuring Data Rights and Community Flourishing  

Even as ever greater amounts of data are generated and stored, the capability to actually access and re-use this data to spur positive social change remains stunted. This discrepancy occurs despite the success of the open data movement, which built on earlier Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation in pushing at the boundaries of transparency and accessibility. Around the world, open data has played an important role in improving government accountability and service delivery, empowering citizens to make better decisions, creating economic opportunity, and solving big public problems. But recent developments—including the struggles to use data effectively to address COVID-19—show these successes are not enough. Read more

Global Procurement Responses to COVID-19: How To Do Better In An Emergency

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world have been forced to procure essential goods and services quickly, in order to save lives. Some procurement agencies have also recognized that being transparent about emergency purchasing is crucial to discouraging corruption, ensuring market confidence, and maintaining public trust. Accordingly, they have established new portals or websites for disclosing contracting data relating to coronavirus procurement. Read more

Reinventing How COVID-19 Data Is Shared

As disinformation continues to spread, civil society organizations and academics are developing new ways to share data about the pandemic. Read more

Individual, Collective and Intermediated: Three Roads To Data Empowerment

We don’t yet have a definite answer on how to handle and govern ‘our’ data and what perspective is best suited to shape the data empowerment concept. However, we do recognize the limitations of the approaches and models that put the individual at the centre. Having more of a say in how one’s data is used, does not automatically result in greater control, actual decision-making power or agency. And so we see value in exploring in more depth the practical use of collective and fiduciary approaches, including data trusts, data cooperatives and certain forms of data commons models that could facilitate more inclusive and fair data governance and data sharing. Read more.

A Global Movement for Better Data And Better Lives

This report sets out how partners from the private sector, civil society, academia, and government are coming together to respond to common challenges that can be addressed by leveraging data and technology in a thoughtful and inclusive way. Read more 

Events

BOOK LAUNCH EVENT: Situating Open Data:  Global Trends in Local Contexts. Thu Nov 19,2020 at 18:00 – 19:30 (EAT)

Open data and its effects on society are always woven into infrastructural legacies, social relations, and the political economy. This raises questions about how our understanding and engagement with open data shifts when we focus on its situated use.

The new book Situating Open Data sheds light on these questions, providing empirical studies of open data practices, their local implementation, and the development of open data ecosystems. Meet the authors and editors to get first-hand insights from their recent publication on open data, global practices, and local use. Register here

WEBINAR: How can data help cities to address concerns around COVID-19? Wed Nov 18, 2020 at 14:00 (GMT)

Data is integral to making decisions about the Covid-19 pandemic in your city. But do you know what data you have? Do you make the best use of it? Do you know where the gaps are? Register here

WEBINAR: Taking stock of the Socio-Economic and Political Impact of COVID-19 in Africa Wed Nov 18, 2020, at  17:00 ( EAT)

ICYMI: The ODI Summit 2020 

The ODI Summit is the ODI’s flagship event, bringing people from a broad range of sectors, backgrounds and countries together to discuss critical issues around the future of data. Watch the recording

Available Training 

Open Data in a Day -ODI Wed Dec 2, 2020

Learn how to discover, use, and describe the benefits of open data, and how it impacts your organization on this live, instructor-led, online, and interactive course.

Open Data for Data Users-World bankSelf-Paced

The “Open Data for Data Users” e-learning course is designed to provide a broad overview of Open Data from a user standpoint, and empower anyone to take full advantage of Open Data. This course is intended for anyone who wants to make better use of Open Data, including ordinary citizens, and assumes no prior knowledge of Open Data or technical skills. It is particularly intended for users in developing countries. This course provides users with the knowledge and specific skills they need to understand and use Open Data effectively and responsibly, and to participate fully in the Open Data community. 

Open Data for Policy Makers- World Bank 

This course is primarily intended for public policymakers in governments that are considering the establishment or expansion of an Open Data program. It assumes no prior knowledge of Open Data or technical skills.

Open Data Essentials- ODI

Learn all the essentials of open data with this easy to follow, online course. This program has been designed to enable you to discover what open data is and how it is changing the lives of everyone on our planet.

AODN October Resource List

AODN October Resource List

The AODN monthly resource list for October 2020 puts together content including a reading list, avenues for capacity building, and events from different stakeholders across the globe on the use of (open)data and for better service delivery in sectors such as Agriculture, Education, and Health. 

  • What AODN is reading this Month

Who is being left behind in COVID-19 data?

Despite the many benefits of data, the data processes and data-related outcomes on COVID-19 have shown the potential to marginalize and exclude specific individuals and population groups across the stages of the data value chain, from the data production to data use, i.e., the data identification, collection, analysis, dissemination, and use. In the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, marginalization and exclusion have severe ramifications, including loss of life. Read more

With crisis comes innovation: How COVID-19 is changing National Statistical Systems

Having accurate and timely data has become the foundation of a resilient and effective government, and national statistical systems are central to this. These systems have been placed under extreme pressure during the crisis. Temporary office closures and disruptions to operations and surveys have jeopardized dozens of statistical publications. Increased demand for new and more timely data on the impacts of the pandemic have stretched available resources. And pragmatic decisions have had to be made to reprioritize and redeploy staff and resources as well as to innovate to deliver new statistical products. Read more

When the data stop: Five lessons for data-driven decision-making in crises

The COVID-19 global crisis has highlighted data’s crucial and transformative potential. Governments, the private sector, civil society, and international institutions are striving to collect and analyze data to understand and contain the pandemic; and address the socio-economic effects of pandemic response. But amidst this renewed emphasis and demand for hyper-local, real-time data and evidence, we’re also faced with an acute challenge: What happens when the data… stop? Read more

StatCom7 ends with a call on Africa to prioritize digitalizing the continent’s statistical systems

The Seventh Session of the Statistical Commission for Africa (StatCom7) ended on Thursday,15th October 2020  with high-level participants emphasizing the importance of digitizing the continent’s statistical systems; use of big data; data and statistics coordination; and political will for effective statistics development in Africa. 

The three-day meeting saw participants in the virtual meeting discuss ways to devise innovative statistical solutions to strengthen national statistical systems to keep decision-makers informed of economic, social, and environmental developments in real-time. Read more

Mortality Data in COVID-19 and Beyond: The Bedrock of Global Health Security

Countries need both accurate and timely mortality data and an understanding of the scope and scale of the pandemic in real-time to inform a data-driven response. What we are seeing today—and what experts have known for some time—is that many countries lack this data, which is reflective of a longstanding underinvestment in civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. To respond to COVID-19 in the near-term and bolster global health security in the long-term, it is clear: we need better mortality data. Read more. 

Restoring Data Rights in Africa Pre and Post COVID-19

The use of contact tracing applications by governments across the world especially in Africa is not without risks to citizens. Data used for contact tracing may upend some of our fundamental rights, such as the right to know which/how information is used, the right to say no to information sharing, and the right to assemble. Many are enshrined in national legal frameworks and international treaties because the applications will require our personal data. Read more.

How to climb the Data Quality Pyramid

Whether it’s fighting climate change or finding the nearest bus stop, creating insight requires data. The higher the quality of that data, the greater and more reliable the insight. What does good data look like, and how do we ascertain its quality level? In this article, Datopian defines the varying degrees of data quality, concentrating on three crucial assessment criteria: tidiness, syntax, and semantics. Read more.

  • Events 

Africa Open Data Collaboratives- East Africa  (Tue, 3 Nov 2020)

The Africa Open Data Network hosts a one hour meeting with option to connect by Zoom-in the first Tuesday of each month to hear from others on their work on open data in government, business, and civil society- in-progress projects, requests for support, updates from the Africa Open Data team, and potential to participate in supporting and representing in upcoming events. 

ODI Summit 2020: Data Futures (10-11 Nov 2020)

The ODI Summit is the ODI’s flagship event, bringing people from a broad range of sectors, backgrounds and countries together to discuss critical issues around the future of data. Join over 1000 attendees to enjoy an exciting line-up of keynotes, high-profile speakers, interactive panels, roundtables, performances, taster workshops and demos exploring key themes about the future of data.

AfricaTech 2020 

AfricaTech is the largest virtual gathering of individuals and organisations using enterprise technology to accelerate digital transformation and drive Africa’s journey to The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). Experience AI-powered networking, 100+ use-cases, and insight and solutions from the world’s leading tech vendors.

Incase You Missed It

Data for Development: towards a more integrated agenda from the global south

Data for development and the use of new technologies is creating new opportunities for economic and civil participation, better decision making and greater inclusion on the one hand, and new barriers on the other. Many important global efforts have emerged around civil registration and vital statistics, open government data, big data and artificial intelligence as well as privacy and data protection. Yet, many of these efforts work in silos and also face interconnected barriers to advancing a transformative agenda on data for sustainable development. How can we ensure coordinated perspectives and research from the global south inform holistic approaches to data governance, innovation, and use?

Webinar – How countries are helping each other leverage administrative data for the SDGs

The Global Partnership and Cepei co-hosted the session TA1.01 “Uncovering Opportunity in Unusual Places: How countries are helping each other leverage administrative data for the SDGs” at the UN World Data Forum 2020. This session presents strategies, actions and partnerships that countries have developed for the use of administrative records, in response to COVID-19. It will feature examples from three countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Watch the recording here.  

Webinar – Citizen-generated data for policy and decision-making in Kenya

This webinar, hosted by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and GIZ will be an opportunity to present Citizen-Generated Data (CGD) guidelines on the production of better quality CGD that can be used for policy and decision-making but also complement official statistics. The guidelines were developed because of expressed demand from both state and non-state actors in Kenya. Watch the recording here

Available Training 

Open Data in a Day (Wed, 2 December 2020)

Learn how to discover, use, and describe the benefits of open data, and how it impacts your organization on this live, instructor-led, online, and interactive course.

Choosing the right format for open data

The ‘format’ of an open dataset refers to the way in which the data is structured and made available for humans and machines. Choosing the right format helps ensure the data can be simply managed and reused. To maximize the reuse of data, it may be necessary for a publisher to use a number of formats and structures available across different platforms to suit users’ needs.

Open Data for Data Users

The “Open Data for Data Users” e-learning course is designed to provide a broad overview of Open Data from a user standpoint and empower anyone to take full advantage of Open Data. This course is intended for anyone who wants to make better use of Open Data, including ordinary citizens, and assumes no prior knowledge of Open Data or technical skills. It is particularly intended for users in developing countries. This course provides users with the knowledge and specific skills they need to understand and use Open Data effectively and responsibly, and to participate fully in the Open Data community. 

Presenting Data Effectively 

Human life is bound together by millions and billions of data points. Knowing how to analyse, visualise and bring out the story from this data is a powerful skill that can paint the world in a new light.  This course covers how to find and interpret data; telling data-driven stories; creating basic graphics (charts and infographics); and communicating data effectively in reports and slide presentations.

International Week of the Girl 2020 Resource List

International Week of the Girl 2020 Resource List

As part of International Week of the Girl 2020, this resource list puts together content including a reading list, avenues for capacity building, and events from different stakeholders across the globe drawing attention to different issues creating barriers for women and girls and how they can be addressed.

What AODN is reading on International Week of the Girl 2020

She told us so, Rapid gender analysis: Filling the Data Gap to Build Back Equal

CARE has warned from the beginning that the pandemic would have a disproportionate impact on women and girls. But foresight is only as good as the action it enables. The efficacy of CARE’s and others’ COVID-19 responses depends on understanding how marginalized people are affected, in all their diversity, across contexts, and over time. Women’s needs are routinely overlooked without deliberate efforts to fill persistent gender data gaps. So we sought the advice of experts: women themselves. Read more 

5 Ways the World Has Gotten Better for Women & Girls — and 5 Ways It Hasn’t

While the status of women and girls around the world has been improving, the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration also highlights how much work is still needed to create an equal world for women and girls. Many of the advances in gender equality are also being reversed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more. 

We lack an essential component to power COVID-19 response

Disaggregated data has been used to transform national responses to other health crises like HIV. Data from sub-Saharan Africa has shown that men and boys living with HIV are less likely than women and girls to know their HIV status and be accessing treatment. In response, some countries are working to tackle systemic and societal issues at play, including by scaling up community-based testing, and engagement of men in maternal and child health services. In the case of COVID-19, however, we continue to lack an essential component to power similar solutions, because not all countries are reporting COVID-19 data separately for women and men. Read more 

Gender Should be Central to Africa’s Covid-19 economic recovery initiatives 

Unless a gender perspective is embraced in COVID-19 recovery initiatives, the ongoing global health pandemic will amplify existing gender disparities leading to worse outcomes for women in terms of livelihoods and well-being. Read more

COVID-19, Gender, and a More Equitable Response for Sub-Saharan Africa

We are learning more every day and obtaining more data on how COVID-19 affects all people, vulnerable communities, and especially women. But we must keep in mind that the data are incomplete and often not disaggregated by sex or other socio-economic factors. This, in and of itself, demonstrates how many communities and policymakers do not understand the disproportionate impact this pandemic is having on women. Read more 

Where’s the “real-time” data on gender equality?

COVID-19 has exacerbated the pressures for timely data on gender equality, but the need for more up to date gender data is not new. Lack of timely gender data was raised by policymakers and gender equality advocates alike in stakeholder surveys conducted by Equal Measures 2030 in 2017 and 2018. Read more 

The COVID-19 gender mortality gap — is civil registration the answer?

Given the strong likelihood that inequalities in registration could be impacting COVID-19 mortality data, we can expect limited registration of female deaths that are directly and indirectly attributed to the virus. This, in turn, further exacerbates the trend of under-registration of female deaths and the existing bias towards men, both in terms of the numbers of confirmed deaths and excess mortality recorded. Read more

Available Training 

Communicating gender statistics for gender equality

This course is designed to guide journalists and statisticians to use statistics to report on the unique situation and needs of women and men. Through 4 modules, the course introduces journalists and statisticians to the unique and complementary roles they each can play in promoting gender equality through gender data, highlighting opportunities for collaboration and partnership between the two communities.

Gender-Based Analysis Plus

This course is designed as a basic introduction to GBA+. You will learn to define the key concepts of GBA+ and recognize how various identity factors can influence the experience of federal government initiatives. You will learn to identify how GBA+ can enhance the responsiveness, effectiveness, and outcomes of federal government initiatives while applying some foundational GBA+ concepts and processes.

Events 

IMF Inspired- Bridging the Gender Data Gap 

The session reviews the damaging effects of gender data gaps on work, at home, and on government policies, and how the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating gender inequality. The session features Ms. Criado Perez who received the FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award in 2019 for Invisible Women: Data Bias in a world designed for men. Watch it here.

UN WORLD DATA FORUM: Mind the Gap: Assessing progress towards gender equality with innovative approaches. (20th October 2020)

The Programme of the UN World Data Forum is organized around six main thematic areas covering a wide range of topics and developed through an open call for session proposals. The forum is designed to bring together representatives, users, and producers, from various sectors working with data to support the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Contributions under each thematic area should showcase practical solutions and hands-on experiences, and contribute to delivering better data for evidence-based policymaking, and address pressing issues faced by the global data and statistical communities.

Throughout the forum, participants will have opportunities to interact in a variety of session formats, including plenary sessions, round table dialogues, debates, break-out spaces, innovation labs and workshops, knowledge sharing spaces, exhibits, and virtual forums. Register here

AODN September Resource List

AODN September Resource List

This monthly resource list puts together content including a reading list, avenues for capacity building, and events from different stakeholders across the globe on the use of (open)data and for better service delivery in sectors such as Agriculture, Education, and Health. 

  • What AODN is reading this Month

Our Reading list this month focuses on the place of data and evidence in the push for gender equality.

Focus On: Gender Data 

Devex has put together informative resources on Gender Data under this focus area. This initiative is powered by UN Women, it highlights how data is being used to inform policy and advocacy to advance gender equality in different parts of the world. 

Advocating for a Stronger Evidence Base for Gender Equality: An analysis of Gender Data and Knowledge gaps 

Women Deliver conducted a desk review of existing gender data gaps with an intersectional lens. This working paper contains more than 150 gender data and knowledge gaps across nine thematic areas. The gaps demonstrate where the collection of new data, or the expansion of an evidence base, is necessary to advance gender equality efforts. This working paper can be used by advocates, policymakers, and implementers to make the case for the collection of data and evidence, including through research, with a gender lens across various topic areas. 

The Absence of women in Covid-19 Response

COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting women and girls. Given that, it is all the more important that COVID-19 responses are gendered, and that women and girls can participate in making the decisions that affect them, as is their right. Although women are on the frontlines of the crisis in their homes, communities, and health care facilities, they are often excluded from the community and national decision-making processes and governance structures that determine the response. Read more on the conspicuous absence of women in Covid-19 response and why we need them. 

Knowledge Brief: Invest in Gender Data for COVID-19 Recovery and SDG Progress

This brief illustrates the broad picture of current gender data needs as it relates to COVID-19 response and SDG progress, and recommends actions governments can take to fill these gaps and build a more equitable future.

The Case for Data: How CRVS systems can help improve gender equity 

As governments around the world rush to control the spread of COVID-19 and provide medical, nutritional, and financial support where it is most needed, the importance of a well-functioning CRVS system has been thrown into sharp relief. Devex explores how the access to and the smart use of accurate and complete data about the age and family structure of populations in specific towns or villages, as well as the locations and cause can bring long-benefits

From insights to action: Gender equality in the wake of COVID-19

This publication summarizes the data, research, and policy work produced by UN Women on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls, including how it is affecting extreme poverty, employment, health, unpaid care, and violence against women and girls. The publication also brings into focus the paucity of gender data and calls for greater investment and prioritization of data on the gendered effects of the crisis. 

Equal Measures 2030: Bending the Curve towards Gender Equality

2020 marks 25 years since the landmark 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on women’s rights and is just 10 years from the endpoint for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This research sheds light on what progress has been made on a set of key gender equality issues and how much faster the world needs to move to reach key targets linked to the SDGs.

Melinda Gates: Sexist and incomplete data hold back the world’s Covid-19 response

Without a clear picture of the devastation, responses to Covid-19 risk leaving out millions of women and girls and slowing recovery. If governments, for instance, aren’t counting the number of women who’ve had to drop out of the workforce, they may overlook the urgent need for child care legislation. Melinda Gates explains why sexist and incomplete data hold back the world’s Covid-19 response.

  • Upcoming Events

75th Session of the U.N General Assembly (New York, 23 September 2020) 

Presentation of commitments and results of the Beijing+25 process and the Generation Equality Forum at the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations.

Virtual UN World Data Forum (19th-21st October 2020) 

The Programme of the UN World Data Forum is organized around six main thematic areas covering a wide range of topics and developed through an open call for session proposals. The forum is designed to bring together representatives, users, and producers, from various sectors working with data to support the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Contributions under each thematic area should showcase practical solutions and hands-on experiences, and contribute to delivering better data for evidence-based policymaking and address pressing issues faced by the global data and statistical communities.

Throughout the forum, participants will have opportunities to interact in a variety of session formats, including plenary sessions, round table dialogues, debates, break-out spaces, innovation labs and workshops, knowledge sharing spaces, exhibits, and virtual forums.

The Devex UHC Pavilion (22nd- 24th September 2020 ) 

Devex will host the second edition of UHC Pavilion. This edition will comprise a virtual series of events exploring different roads to making progress on Universal Health Coverage. The return of the UHC Pavilion aims to reflect on the outcomes emerging from last year’s High-level Meeting on UHC, in addition to assessing the pace of progress amid a global pandemic.

The Pavilion will take place over three days, creating a springboard for collaboration and collective action to advance crucial conversations covering a wide range of health-related topics, all of which will explore the future of global health and UHC through different lenses.

UNESCO high-level panel: Access of Information – Saving lives, Building Trust, Bringing Hope– (28th September 2020) 

Marking the first celebration of the Day after the 74th UN General Assembly proclaimed 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) at the UN level in October 2019, “Access of Information – Saving lives, Building Trust, Bringing” will serve as an important intervention in times of global uncertainty. It will address the significance of access to information legislation and implementations, besides, the role of media and information literacy and open access, all as powerful instruments for mitigation of crises.

OGP 2020 Virtual Leadership Summit –  (24th September 2020)

Building on OGP’s Open Response + Open Recovery campaign to promote accountability, transparency, and inclusivity in our collective response to COVID-19, OGP will host the 2020 Virtual Leaders Summit, a virtual gathering of leaders in government and civil society who have played a central role in their countries to ensure a full, fair, and inclusive response and recovery.

  • Webinars   

Open Talks Webinar: Access to Information, Transparency, and Openness: Taking Forward Agenda 2030 in Times of Crisis (28th September 2020)

This Webinar will discuss international standards of upholding the right to information, and how such practices create transparency and openness required to navigate crises.

In case you missed it

Data2x: How to Build Successful Partnerships Using Gender Data

In this webinar hosted by Plus Social Good, Data2X’s Nina Rabinovitch Blecker and Equal Measures 2030’s (EM2030) Anne Connell join forces to discuss how to mobilize successful partnerships around gender data, drawing on experiences from Data2X and Equal Measure 2030’s ongoing partnership, as well as other partnerships related to various areas of Data2X and EM2030’s work.

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  • Available Courses/Training

Data4SDGs: Gender Data 101

Gender Data 101 is a 5-week blended online course featuring live events with gender and data experts. The course begins with establishing a foundation of gender and data and ends with actionable steps to employ gender data to create impactful programs. The course delves into best practices, methodologies, and tools to utilize when working with gender data. Additionally, Gender Data 101 engages learners to limit biases, close gender gaps, and incorporate intersectional thinking throughout each step of the gender data lifecycle.

UN SDG Learn: E-training on Gender Statistics 

This online course is designed to support the establishment of a strong foundation of knowledgeable practitioners (users and producers of statistics) for the development of gender statistics at the country level and to promote continued capacity building and learning by producers and users of these

PARIS 21 Academy: Communicating Gender Statistics for Gender Equality 

This course is designed to guide journalists and statisticians to use statistics to report on the unique situation and needs of women and men. Through 4 modules, the course introduces journalists and statisticians to the unique and complementary roles they each can play in promoting gender equality through gender data, highlighting opportunities for collaboration and partnership between the two communities.

AODN August Resource List

AODN August Resource List

This monthly resource list puts together content including a reading list, avenues for capacity building, and events from different stakeholders across the globe on the use of (open)data and for better service delivery in sectors such as Agriculture, Education, and Health. 

Reading List

Trends in national Data Ecosystems in times of Covid-19

Just as data is critical for effective policymaking in more “normal” times, good data is necessary for policymakers trying to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and keep people safe. Claire Melamed, CEO, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and Francesca Perucci, Assistant Director, United Nations Statistics Division explore three trends among the public, politicians, and statisticians that can pave the way for a post-COVID world that is built with good evidence and information. 

Why Covid-19 means data sharing is more important than ever

In times of intense upheaval, the need to be adaptable and innovate rapidly is even more vital. Stuart Coleman, ODI’s Business Development Director, discusses why Covid-19 means data sharing is more important than ever. 

Rwanda launches births, deaths registration in all hospitals

African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Day (Africa CRVS day) is celebrated every year on August 10 to increase public awareness of the importance of making everyone visible in Africa through a well-functioning civil registration and vital statistics system covering the entire population and all vital events occurring in a country.  James Karuhanga reports on how Rwanda marked the third Africa CRVS day. 

Data-Driven Collective Action Is Imperative For A Post-Covid-19 Development Agenda

Deepali Khanna, the Managing Director of The Rockefeller Foundation in Asia, demonstrates that for data and technology to truly transform the welfare landscape, there are many underlying capacities, cultural and infrastructural issues that we collectively have to resolve in order to pave a runway for data and technology innovations in the world of social impact.

Data  in the time of COVID-19: Open data, data use, and COVID-19

The Open Data Watch has put together some of the most helpful articles to address the need for data-driven decision making during the Covid-19 pandemic. The articles are organized by the stages of the data value chain: availability, openness, dissemination, and use and uptake. 

A global effort to track data for public good

What does the global effort to track data for public good  look like? Open Data Charter shares insights from the Global Data Barometer. 

COVID-19 shows that the DRC must invest in a health research industry

You would expect that with DRC’s experience of dealing with infectious diseases over the past four decades its institutions would be equipped to spontaneously develop and perform surveillance and testing. You would also expect that those institutions would rely on research to take evidence-based measures. This has not been the case. Dacquin M.Kasumba, Associate Professor, University of Kinshasa addresses what needs to be done. 

Using Evidence in Policy and Practice|Lessons from Africa

In spite of the rhetoric around the importance of evidence, use of evidence for policy and practice remains challenging and somewhat elusive. Ian Goldman and Mine Pabari address the need of applying  evidence-based policy making to achieve  positive change by African governments. 

Upcoming Events

The UN World Data Forum (19-21 October 2020) will host representatives from  governments, businesses, civil society and the scientific and academic communities to explore  innovative ways to apply data and statistics to measure global progress and inform evidence-based policy decisions on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

3rd International Conference on AI & Big Data, Copenhagen, Denmark   provides a  platform to gain knowledge and share new ideas amongst the Technologist, Professionals, Industrialists, Researchers, 

ODI Summit 2020(10-13 Nov 2020): Data | Futures

The Summit will focus on how humanity can harness the power of data in a changing world. Tue, 

AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE 

The AI Expo is Africa’s largest trade-focused AI, Robotic Process Automation and Data Science business conference 

Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2020 (FIFAFRICA20)

This landmark event convenes a spectrum of stakeholders from across the internet governance and digital rights arenas in Africa and beyond to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online.

Webinars

Africa Open Data Webinar 

This monthly webinar brings together experts, upcoming actors, and newcomers to share experiences and collaborate to improve use and quality of open data by and for Africa.

Available Courses/Training

Communicating gender statistics for gender equality 

This course on Communicating Gender Statistics is designed to guide journalists and statisticians to use statistics to report on the unique situation and needs of women and men.

Open Data for Policy Makers- World Bank 

This course is primarily intended for public policymakers in governments that are considering the establishment or expansion of an Open Data program. It assumes no prior knowledge of Open Data or technical skills.

Africa Data School Training October Intake

Africa Data School Training is an intensive 12-week program, offering courses in Data Science, Machine Learning, Deep learning, Natural Language Programming, Big Data and Computer Visions. 

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