First National Multi-Sectoral Data Stocktaking Meeting in PNG

Various stakeholders gathered and discussed about the data availability and importance of coordination and coalition

Port Moresby, Wednesday 06 September 2017

The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 by 193 countries established a new ambitious set of social, economic and environmental goals. Implementing the SDGs requires a solid framework of indicators and statistical data to monitor progress, inform policy, and ensure accountability of all stakeholders. In localising the SDGs, the Government has highlighted the urgent need for the consolidation of key data to enable better analysis and to inform planning. Obtaining data set is also critical to the finalization of the Medium-Term Development Plan III in developing its indicators, baselines and targets. Establishing the baseline and measuring the progress enable decision-making evidence-based, resources allocated efficiently and effectively, and ultimately contributes to the improvement of development impact.

While there is a plethora of data and corresponding sources in the country from government, development partners, policy think-tanks, academia, and private sector, and civil society organizations, information about these sources is not widely known or coordinated. The recurring call for accurate, available, and accessible data set and coordination of data-actors are the rationale behind the inauguration of the first-ever national multi-sectoral data stocktaking workshop. This meeting has been convened through partnership among the Department of National Planning and Monitoring, the National Statistics Office, the United Nations, the University of Papua New Guinea/ Australian National University, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Data specialists from all sectors have consulted on the available data sets and discussed possibilities for collaboration and innovation for data.

“Data enables the Government to make right decisions. Partnership is critical in collecting data and in making sure that service delivery be more effective, transparent, and accountable for the people in Papua New Guinea. The Department of Provincial and Local Level Government is committed to push the agenda of district level data and local development together with various stakeholders through ‘coalition of partners’,” commented Mr. Dickson Guina, Secretary, the Department of Provincial and Local Level Government.

“Looking into the lessons from the Millennium Development Goals, the Government is now taking proactive steps on the SDGs. We have started to establish SDGs localization and implementation platforms and generated 334 proposed local indicators out of 241 global indicators, which will be consolidated through stakeholder consultations. Our department is committed to provide strong leadership to coordinate statistics in the country in our effort to formulate evidence-based plans and policies,” said Ms. Christine Aisoli, the First Assistant Secretary (Policy) of the Department of National Planning and Monitoring in her opening remarks.

“17 Goals need a coalition and coordination of partners who work in each sector, a clarity on the data availability by various actors, and a platform to share data sets among all stakeholders. Also there is a need to relook at the National Statistic System as it has suffered from serious lack of capacity. This data workshop excites me since this is the start of our journey to resolve the data-system in the country in our joint effort to achieve the giant SDGs,” said Mr. Roko Koloma, the National Statistician at the National Statistics Office.   

“I am aware that as Amartya Sen has said: ‘In an increasingly performance oriented world, metrics matter. What we measure affects what we do. If we have the wrong metrics, we will strive for the wrong things’. The lack of reliable data to measure development progress is a big challenge in Papua New Guinea. The SDGs challenge us to have more comprehensive, precise and disaggregated data. The workshop aims to create momentum among stakeholders to address the pressing data-challenge. By utilizing the convening power and global experience, the United Nations in Papua New Guinea is committed to support creation of ‘data-consortium’ and to facilitate ‘data-innovation’ in the country, working in close partnership with government and others” said Mr. Roy Trivedy, the UN Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea,” said Mr. Roy Trivedy, the UN Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea.

The workshop was the start of a data4development network in Papua New Guinea. This will be a multi-stakeholder, open source network to assist the achievement of the SDGs in the country.

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