Arab Forum on Building Statistical Capacity for a Data Revolution

10/10/2016
Ministry of Development Planning & Statistics,PARIS21 and GCC-STAT

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Introduction

Discussions on the data revolution are taking place in all regions of the world, but turning these discussions into reality remains challenging. In order for the 2030 Agenda and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to have a meaningful impact, there is a need for specific recommendations and concrete objectives on how to utilise the data revolution, backed by long-term political and financial support.

Central to this support will be the understanding that statistical capacity at the country level is central to a successful data revolution. The 2030 Agenda expands the scope of the Millennium Development Goals and increases the complexity of monitoring, placing an increased burden on national statistical systems especially in developing countries. Shouldering that burden will require institutions, both state and non-state, to develop new and stronger capacities to plan for, manage, and measure commitments made under the new agenda.

However, without knowing how to identify existing capacity gaps are and measures to be taken to support statistical systems and institutions, including costs, these entities will not be prepared to achieve the SDGs. A Road Map for a Data Revolution is needed to support countries to determine what changes need to take place, and help funders to determine where funds should be channelled.

With the aim of gaining political support for such a Road Map, PARIS21, MDPS and GCC-STAT will hold a Regional Forum on Building Statistical Capacity for a Data Revolution, bringing together the Arab region community to agree on concrete steps to build statistical capacity in countries to respond to national, regional, and international data needs within the 2030 Agenda. Participants will look at case studies highlighting best practices in statistical capacity development and how ADAPT, PARIS21's measurement tool, is helping countries adjust to the evolving data ecosystem. The Forum will also be an opportunity to take stock of statistical development and the demand for data, and identify challenges and opportunities for statistical systems in the region.

The Arab Forum on Building Statistical Capacity for a Data Revolution, held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, has come to a close. The Ministry website will publish the forum’s recommendations after being reviewed over the next few days.

Opening Speeches

His Excellency Dr. Saleh bin Mohammed Al Nabit

Minister of Development Planning and Statistics

H.E. Saber Said Al-Harbi

Director General, GCC-STAT

Dr. Johannes Jütting

Manager, PARIS21 Secretariat

Objectives

The main objective of the Forum will be to promote a series of specific recommendations and concrete objectives on how the data revolution can become a reality. To reach this objective, participants will be provided with a draft “Road Map for a Data Revolution” that will outline a series of country case studies, including best practices and successful technological and institutional innovations for national statistical systems.

 Participants

​​​The Forum will include the participation of high-level officials from the region, representing ministries of planning, statistics, and development. Complementing these core political participants will be approximately 100 participants representing the full range of stakeholders in development statistics, including:
  • National statistical offices from the Arab region and beyond
  • Administrators of main household survey instruments
  • Major donors, public and private
  • Private sector
  • Open data campaigners and implementers
  • Data users, including policy makers and researchers
  • Key global institutions​

 Forum Publications

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  • دليل إصدارات وزارة التخطيط التنموي والإحصاء ​

    Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics Releases guide (Arabic)​
    Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics Releases guide
    Download​​
  • Historical Overview of Statistics in the state of Qatar 

    A historical overview of statistics in the State of Qatar
    ​​A historical overview of statistics in the State ​​of Qatar
    Download​​​​​

 Speakers

Mr. Erki Saluveer  

Mr. Erki Saluveer

Chief Technology Officer, Positium Estonia

Biography

Dr. Atilla Karaman 

Dr. Atilla Karaman

Researcher at the Statistics and Information Department of the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC)

Biography

Dr. Johannes Jütting 

Dr. Johannes Jütting

PARIS21 Secretariat

Biography

Mrs. Amal A. Al-Mannai  

Mrs. Amal A. Al-Mannai

Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Foundation for Social Work

Biography

Ahmad Hussein, Ph.D  

Ahmad Hussein, Ph.D

Statistics Expert , MDPS

Biography

Mr. Frédéric Pivetta  

Mr. Frédéric Pivetta

Managing Partner, Real Impact Analytics

Mr.  Abdel Aziz Al khalifa  

Mr. Abdel Aziz Al khalifa

CEO - Qatar Development Bank

Mr. Naser Al Mahdi  

Mr. Naser Al Mahdi

Director, Censuses and Household Surveys , MDPS

 knowledge Base

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  • A World that Counts 

    A World that Counts. Mobilising the Data Revolution or Sustainable Development​
    Data are the lifeblood of decision-making and the raw material for accountability. Without high-quality data providing the right information on the right things at the right time; designing, monitoring and evaluating effective policies becomes almost impossible.
  • A World that Counts 

    Road Map for a Country-led Data Revolution
    The Road Map for a Country-led Data Revolution was produced by the Informing a Data Revolution (IDR) project, which was​ launched by PARIS21 in 2014 and financed by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project aims to help ensure the data revolution serves the post-2015 development agenda. Its focus is on National Statistical Systems (NSS) in developing countries. These are crucial to generating the data needed to promote development and reduce poverty and to monitor international development goals.
  • A World that Counts 

    تحويل عالمنا: خطة التنمية المستدامة لعام 2030
    تمثــل هــذه الخطــة برنــامج عمــل لأجــل النــاس و كوكــب الأرض ولأجــل الازدهــار. وهــي هتــدف أيضــا إلى تعزيــز الســلام العــالمي في جــو مــن الحريــة أفســح. ونحــن نــدرك أن القضــاء علــى الفقـر بجميـع صـوره وأبعـاده، بمـا في ذلـك الفقـر المـدقع، هـو أكـبر تحـد يواجـه العـالم، وهـو شـرط لا غنى عنه لتحقيق التنمية المستدامة.
  • A World that Counts 

    TRANSFORMING OUR WORLD: THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
  • A World that Counts 

    The Data Revolution for Sustainable Developmen
    There is growing recognition that the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will be adopted on September 25 at a special United Nations summit, will depend on the ability of governments, businesses, and civil society to harness data for decision-making. The key, as I have highlighted before, is to invest in building innovative data systems that draw on new sources of real-time data for sustainable development.
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