The Open Government partnership global summit held in Mexico in 28th October 2015, set the stage for a buildup of inclusive multi-stakeholder enterprises to fast track data revolution in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In order to achieve this Governments will need to open up previously non-existing or closed channels to allow data flow to be used as a tool in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The summit was attended by leading partners in this Data led Revolution namely InfoNET, Paris 21, ODI and CEPEI. Main talking points hovered around multi-stakeholder approaches and regional approaches on the implementation of Data to attain the SDG’S. Broadly the partnership aims to ease the prioritization of goals which are primarily to
- End extreme poverty.
- Fight inequality & injustice
- Fix climate
They are encapsulated in the broader 17 Global Goals. In order to achieve these goals there is need to embrace high quality data. One issue highlighted in Paris 21 swas the need producing the “right data, to the right people, at the right time, in the right format”. This means that the process of data creation needs to have a common template for it to work. Small stakeholders who include individuals, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and many more need to have access to this template. Their participation is key in this chain and goes a long way in influencing policy and helping in the realization of the SDG’s.
Governments need to open up and share technologies freely and be open to experimentation on new ones. This includes Multi-national Corporations, Parastatals, tech-companies and other affiliated groups. However this cross-sharing platforms open up the opportunity for Data misuse. Such a grave issue calls for the formulation of appropriate policy and laws to officiate this process.
The benefits of the use of quality data are immeasurable and will prove invaluable in the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).