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First Board Meeting of GPSDD – Data4SDGs

The inaugural board meeting of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD, more popularly known for their twitter @data4SDGs) was held on the 22nd of September.  I  participated as a GPSDD board member.

Significant achievements have been made by GPSDD since its inception, culminating in high level support for the need for good data to measure SDGs, with many nation states making statements at the UN General Assembly which concluded just two days before the board meeting. But countries saying the right things (i.e. stating their commitments to ensuring producing good data to measure progress towards SDGs) is very different to them actually doing the right things. The GPSDD knows this, and has been experimenting by helping a few countries create Data Roadmaps – the pathway to get from here/today, to where the country needs to be. But GSPDD is a small organisation. So scaling up this activity is a challenge.

The Board of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data includes Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.

Another challenge is how the GPSDD differentiates itself from several other organisations/networks that have a similar mandate – for example the IDRC initiated network Open Data for Development. Articulation this difference is possibly a useful activity.

More to come as work progresses.

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