This training builds on valuable lessons learned and directly links to Sustainable Development Goal 5.3, which aims to end all harmful practices by 2030. In addition, this training is a step towards achieving the new outcome, introduced in the third phase of the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), on evidence generation and data utilization for policy making and programme effectiveness.
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In an effort to support the improvement of national programmes, policies and reporting, Community Systems Foundation trainers supported focal points in programme countries in understanding how to source, assess and utilize additional data, to supplement the national monitoring framework, to support planning processes and to strengthen communication and advocacy at the country level. 28 UNFPA and UNICEF officers participated in the training. They held positions of Gender/FGM, Monitoring and Evaluation, Youth and Communications.
A UNFPA staffer noted that this type of capacity building - on use of data - is needed amongst national partners.
CSF provides technical assistance and capacity building to strengthen the use of data for decision support. CSF also supports the Joint Programme with tools to monitor the implementation of national, regional and global strategic plans.