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In August 2014 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked an Independent Expert Advisory Group to make concrete recommendations on bringing about a data revolution in sustainable development. The group has now published the report, thanks to everyone for their input


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    • By Claire Melamed and Grant Cameron A revolution starts with an idea, but to become real, it has to move quickly to a practical proposition about getting stuff done.  And getting things done needs money.  If the ideas generated last year, in the report of the …

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    • By Shaida Badiee and Claire Melamed If there was a competition for the most repeated and least reliable statistic in the development business, then the oft-repeated ‘fact’ that 70% of the world’s poor are women might just win it. It might be true, it might not. …

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    • By Dr Claire Melamed, Independent Expert Advisory Group Secretary It’s just over a week since we launched ‘A World that Counts’.   The day itself went by in a flash – from the (very) early morning skype calls, via a press conference at the UN Spokesperson’s briefing, …

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    • 07 November 2014 By Selim Jahan A World That Counts, the report by the UN Secretary General’s Data Revolution Group, was released yesterday. And it might come as no surprise that the report has strong links with UNDP’s Human Development Report Office: Eva Jespersen, our Deputy …

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      by IEAG MEMBERS CARMEN BARROSO & KATELL LE GOULVEN As data become more central to sustainable development, the immense scope for data to empower people is becoming apparent.  But alongside this opportunity are clear risks, as people around the world question the accessibility and privacy implications of …

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    • a mural of the famous beatles lyrics

      Last year the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel Report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda called for a “data revolution”. “You say you want a revolution” sang John Lennon. “Well you know, we all want to change the world”. The Beatles may have been singing about …

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