Category Archives: United Nations

What did we learn from measuring the costs of monitoring the SDGs?

In response to my costing estimate of the MDGs, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network took the initiative to host a group of ‘experts’ to come up with a collective estimate. The group first met in October in Paris and New … Continue reading

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Writing about a data revolution: A critique in four venn diagrams

The UN Secretary-General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development (IEAG) have completed their report.  “A world that counts” is a cleverly crafted motivational manifest.  But it is not a practical roadmap on how to apply … Continue reading

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Missing and old MDG data

There is some good news, search and there is some bad news. The bad news is that the MDG report is based on old and missing data. The good news is that Keiko Osaki-Tomita, chief of the demographic and social … Continue reading

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Data and Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Just came back from New York and the UNDP organized workshop and conference on Data and Accountability for Post-2015. You can browse the program and see some of the presentations here. My sense is that despite all the talk of … Continue reading

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Politics, Damned lies and statistics

In the latest issue of the Africa Report the editor asks: Are the reams of statistics emanating from the United Nations (UN), shop World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) mere works of fiction? Read the editorial here.

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