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Digital revolutionaries are all human — but we can compensate for that

This post is written by Alicia Phillips Mandaville, Research Associate at Overseas Development Institute and Vice President of Amida Technology All humans make mistakes and those who publish data ranking poor countries’ levels of state fragility are no different.  But when potential errors affect millions of dollars and thousands of lives, for the sake of … Continue reading

Education post-2015

This post is written by Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and originally appeared on the OECD Education Today blog. This week, UNESCO will convene the world’s educational leaders in Incheon to set the agenda for educational development … Continue reading

Uncounted: has the post-2015 data revolution failed already?

This post was written by Alex Cobham, Director of Research at the international Tax Justice Network. Counting matters. As the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi report puts it: What we measure affects what we do; and if our measurements are flawed, decisions may be distorted…. [I]f metrics of performance are flawed, so too may be inferences we draw. The UN Secretary … Continue reading

Taking fragility seriously in financing the SDGs

This post was written by Frauke de Weijer, Senior Policy Officer Conflict, Security and Resilience Programme, ECDPM, on the ECDPM Talking Points blog The recently published OECD report ‘States of Fragility 2015 – Meeting post-2015 ambitions’ presents very interesting facts and figures on the likelihood of fragile states meeting the post-2015 development goals. Until recently, a … Continue reading

From ‘System 1’ MDGs to ‘System 2’ SDGs: the wrong way?

This post is written by Jan Vandemoortele, formerly with the UN and co-architect of the MDGs. In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow (2012), Daniel Kahneman, psychologist and Nobel laureate in economics, describes two aspects of the human brain through which we process information and make associations and decisions. He speaks of two systems: System … Continue reading

Monitoring spending in a post-2015 world: How can it work?

This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, International Budget Partnership Two big meetings related to the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place in the coming months: the Financing for Development conference, and the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This has shifted focus to the short-term negotiations that will decide the shape … Continue reading

Life After the Cartagena Data Festival – We’ll Never Be the Same

This blog post is written by Kristen Stelljes, Program Officer, Hewlett Foundation The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development has brought all kinds of data nerds out of the woodwork. Enthusiasts are talking about the need for better data, using data to make better decisions, and how best to take advantage of all types of data, … Continue reading

Toward an African Data Revolution

This blog post is written by Rachel Quint, Program Fellow, Global Development and Population Programme, at the Hewlett Foundation. As Sarah wrote in her recent blog post, “April 2015: Five Headlines from a Big Month for the Data Revolution,” one of the key “headlines” from April was an event hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission … Continue reading

April 2015: Five Headlines from a Big Month for the Data Revolution

This blog post is written by Sarah T. Lucas, Program Officer, Global Development and Population, at the Hewlett Foundation If the history of the data revolution were written today, it would include three major dates. May 2013, when the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda first coined the phrase “data revolution.” November 2014, … Continue reading

Is a Data Revolution underway, and if so, who will benefit?

Written by Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Oxfam’s Head of Research, at the ODI’s Cartagena Data Festival, on Oxfam’s From Poverty To Power blog A spectre is haunting the hallways of the international bureaucracy and national statistical offices – the spectre of the data revolution.  Now, that might suggest a contradiction in terms or the butt of a joke … Continue reading

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