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Development Talks

Why all development actors should join the Data Revolution

Uppdaterad: 21 januari 2015

Date: Friday February 6, 2015
Time: 09:00 – 12:00 (registration from 08:30)
Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm

Open data on aid, development and humanitarian flows can lead to better decision-making and enable citizens to hold governments and other actors accountable for the use of natural and monetary resources. Learn about the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development and see concrete examples of how this new world of data can be used to improve people's lives.

2015 is an important year in international and sustainable development and has been named the European Year for Development by the EU. It is the target year for the Millennium Development Goals and the Busan commitments made under the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, including the commitment to implement a common, open standard for electronic publication of aid information. It is also the year when an ambitious Post-2015 Development Agenda is expected to be adopted with a set of new Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

In order to gather statistics and monitor progress towards these goals, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. There is an urgent need to strengthen the capacity in partner countries and for more information to be shared openly. Through the use of data, we now have the opportunity to discover new ways of assessing well-being and measuring global development.

It will also be possible to follow the event live on Sida's video portal and on Twitter using the #devtalks hashtag.

Moderator: Kristina Henschen, Head of LO-TCO Biståndsnämnd & Chair, CONCORD Sweden


08:30 Registration and Coffee

09:00 Welcome and Introduction
Joachim Beijmo, Director of Communications, Sida

09:15 Keynote Speeches
What is the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development? Why is aid transparency an important part in the Post-2015 development agenda? How can the opportunities of emerging technology and methodologies best be realised for public good? Our three keynote speakers will be presenting both traditional and new innovative ways of measuring progress and development.

El Iza Mohamedou, Deputy Secretariat Manager at PARIS21 - The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century
Joni Hillman, Aid Transparency Programme Manager at Development Initiatives and member of the IATI Secretariat
Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis, Manager, UN Global Pulse Lab Kampala

10:00 Short break

10:10 Lightning Talks
New innovations have hugely increased the quantity of data and the possibilities available to people and institutions who want to collect and use it. The challenge, and the opportunity, is to make this new world of data useful to improve people’s lives. During a series of short lightning talks, speakers will show and tell examples of what you can do with data.

Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Art Director at Gapminder
Kristofer Sjöholm, Head of SVT Pejl, the data journalism team at Swedish public service broadcaster SVT
Rita Zágoni, 2014 School of Data fellow and programmer from Hungary
Kathelyne van den Berg, Chief Financial Officer, Akvo

10:45 Panel Discussion
Why should all development actors be part of the Data Revolution? In this panel discussion our keynote speakers, together with Pernilla Trägårdh (Director for International Technical Cooperation, Statistics Sweden) and Joachim Beijmo (Director of Communications, Sida) will be discussing both the challenges and possibilities with data.

11:15 Data Marketplace (including light lunch)
Interact and mingle with the speakers and other participants. Get the chance to ask questions, have in-depth discussions and look more closely at the different tools and services presented during the seminar in an informal setting.

Participants will include the previously mentioned speakers, as well as Pernilla Näsfors (Sida), Jan Ainali (Wikimedia Sverige) and others.

12:00 End

Co-organizers of the seminar: Sida, Statistics Sweden (SCB), CONCORD Sweden and the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).

To learn more about the main opportunities and risks presented by the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, read the report published in November 2014 by the UN appointed Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) titled A World that Counts: Mobilising a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.

The event is part of the European Year for Development.

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