The essence of data harnessing to meet Sustainable Goals.
On a global scale, abject poverty, increase in equality and injustice, and climate change sit at the realm as focal concerns being experienced. To curb this, a Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) was formed and supported by 198 nations who vowed to achieve 7 global goals through a series of short term and long term efforts. These efforts are expected to achieve the global goals within the next fifteen years. Established on September, 2015 the initiative was adopted by governments, civil society, private sector, international organizations, academic, statistical and data communities, and networks who represent all sectors of society, dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030. However, these goals cannot be realized without harnessing credible data to measure the effectiveness and viability of these SDGs. The goals include:
- No poverty
- Zero hunger
- Good health and well-being
- Quality education
- Gender equality
- Clean water and sanitation
- Affordable and clean energy,
- Decent work and economic growth
- Industry-innovation and infrastructure
- Reduced inequalities
- Sustainable cities and communities,
- Responsible production and consumption
- Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
- Conservation and sustainable use the oceans, seas and marine resources
- Sustainable management of forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss
- Promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
- Strengthening the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
The attainment of these goals will require corporation from all fronts through various means. First, keen support of multi-stakeholder data initiatives that link data revolution to the realization of the SDGs is fundamental. Through the global contribution to data sourcing and enrichment, immense information will be made available in respect to development of nations as per the looming crisis, enabling leaders make decisions from an informed and credible standing. Secondly, the initiative will focus on building a capacity to generate, share, and use available data at local levels. This will empower the citizenry of a nation in making informed choices on their preferred leadership and increase awareness on the need to partner in achieving these goals. Considerable contribution to filling data gaps, using original data as well as new data in achieving SDGs needs to be addressed. As these issues affect all nations, contribution in data harnessing will help collate data in order to formulate realistic measures to achieve the goals on a global and local level. Immense assistance is required in developing and supporting international principles tying together the data, including sharing and leveraging the current, privately held data. Organizing local, regional, and global data events to advance increasing connectivity, collaboration, and innovation towards achieving and measuring the SDGs is also encouraged.
Kenya is at the forefront in realizing these goals as evident in the recently concluded ENNOVA challenge held on January, 2016. It was hosted by Infonet in collaboration with the Kenya School of Government (KSG), under the National Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (NPSDD). The ideation sought to harness the data revolution to catalyze actions to mitigate development challenges in Kenya such as the El Nino Response. This ties to the 13th SDG, Climate Change. Kenya’s undeterred commitment was again noted during the Data Forum held on 28th and 29th August, 2015. The Forum was very successful in emphasizing the need for the domestication of the data revolution as a key step in accelerating the implementation of Kenya’s national development agenda. By learning and documenting the Kenya case, the Global Partnership could help with replicating Kenya’s National Forum on Sustainable Development Data in other countries.