(TA6.02) Supporting better investments in development data - Mechanisms, actions and perspectives -

Organiser(s): Bern Network Secretariat; Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; Swiss Federal Statistical Office; Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21); United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD-DESA); Open Data Watch; Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD); World Bank (WB); Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


Data are critical for policy making and planning, and for monitoring and measuring progress towards national and global sustainable development goals. The global COVID-19 crisis has further increased the demand for high-quality, timely and disaggregated data to underpin evidence-based policy making to manage the crisis as well as formulate effective recovery policies. Strong, modern national statistical systems that can deliver and use more and better data are essential for both crisis response and recovery, and the longer-term prosperity and sustainable development of all.

In this context, data and statistics must be adequately and effectively resourced. Development agencies, national statistical offices (NSOs), and international and civil society organisations, have to work together to develop and adopt innovative mechanisms so that more and better funding for data can become a reality. This is the mission of the Bern Network on Financing Data for Development – a multi-stakeholder alliance created in 2019 by the Swiss Government and partners to spur action and drive concrete outcomes for the 3rd United Nations World Data Forum, now scheduled for October 2021 in Bern, Switzerland. The Bern Network is led by a group of core members, including Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Nations Statistical Division, the World Bank, the OECD, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, Open Data Watch and PARIS21.

The aim of this session is to engage participants on a new global platform, the Clearing-house for Financing Development Data, currently being developed by the Bern Network, as well as to stimulate a discussion on how to achieve more effective domestic and external investments in data. Following a soft launch of the platform and introduction to its key features, the session will move to a panel discussion on the main issues and opportunities at stake for resourcing data and statistics, drawing on the activities of the Bern Network and its members and featuring perspectives from NSOs, aid providers and international organisations. A Q&A with the audience will conclude the session. The session outcomes will contribute to ongoing discussions of the Bern Network and the UN Statistical Commission’s High-level Group on Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building (HLG-PCB).

Key session outcomes:

  • Preview of the Clearing-house for Financing Development Data, a new global platform developed by the Bern Network.

  • Insights from NSOs and donors on their experiences, needs, challenges and recommendations for how to achieve more and better funding for development data, both in terms of mobilizing domestic resources and external aid, as well as the benefits data investments bring.

  • Presentation of latest financing trends for data and statistics and findings on development cooperation in this field, including from the OECD’s DAC Data for Development work stream.

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