On December 17, 2012, the latest census data on Houses, Household Amenities and Assets was launched through CensusInfo India jointly by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India - Dr. C. Chandramouli, the Country Representative of UNFPA - Ms Frederika Meijer, the Country Representative of UN Women - Ms Anne Stenhammer and the Chief of Social Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of UNICEF - Mr Joaquin Gonzalez-Aleman in a function organized at Hotel LaLiT, New Delhi.
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The Social Development Secretariat (SDS) in Honduras had been looking for a program to facilitate the monitoring and evaluation of social protection programs that serve the most vulnerable populations when it found DevInfo.
Misiones Province, Argentina: Monitoring and evaluation of social policies for Children and Adolescents
The Centre for Social Policy for Children and Adolescents in Misiones Province Argentina developed a comprehensive program for monitoring and evaluation. The program, a project carried out by the Provincial Coordination for Interior Social Policy and Development of the Government of the Misiones Province, Argentina, in cooperation with UNICEF, consists of two monitoring systems, a website, a blog, and advocacy material relevant to all the tasks related to social policy, childhood, and adolescence. The project provides a shared space to access information provided by different national sectors and institutions. The objective of the Centre for Social Policy for Children and Adolescents is to enable policymakers, their technical teams, media, families, and society in general, to have tools available to facilitate free access to reliable data presented in a friendly manner. To support its main objectives, the observatory offers reporting and magazines on related topics, some available on their website.
A UN system wide pilot called the “Delivering as One” approach is bringing together multiple UN agencies in 8 countries to capitalize on their shared strengths and comparative advantages in line with the Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action, thereby enhancing the UN’s overall coherence, comparative advantage and impact while working towards reducing the transaction costs for the UN in those pilot countries. Rwanda is one of the pilot Delivering as One countries.
Prioritizing results-based policy design is challenging, even for the most seasoned bureaucrats, not least because of the administrative and financial burden of harmonizing data sets, collecting data, and training needed on the administration and use of information. In Uganda, where the budgeting process is largely de-centralized to districts, district councils used to spend months compiling data for the July budgeting cycle, scouring sector-specific databases, visiting department offices, and manually harmonizing disparate data formats. Decision makers had limited resources to track results, substantiate budget requests, and ultimately ensure their efforts had a positive effect.
Six staff members from UN Women Burundi and one from UN Women Rwanda attended a workshop to master di Monitoring, an intuitive web-based monitoring and evaluation application built on DevInfo technology. The Training of Trainers, which took place December 17-21 in Bujumbura, focused on ensuring that the UN Women Burundi team could transfer their annual work plan, currently in Word format, into an interactive di Monitoring framework.
One of the most powerful features of DevInfo, even since the very first version, has been its ability to generate accessible and customizable visualizations from complex datasets. Tables, graphs and maps make it easier for development actors to discern trends and discrepancies over time and across geographic locations. They are also key tools to bolster advocacy and dissemination efforts by infusing data with significance.
Between 2011 and 2050, the world population living in urban areas is expected to increase by 2.6 billion, growing from 3.6 billion in 2011 to 6.3 billion individuals. These demographic changes will no doubt have a fundamental impact on socio-economic aspects of everyday life, including employment, housing, and health.
With an estimated 780 million people around the world lacking access to clean drinking water and 1.3 billion people still without access to electricity, 20 year-old Eden Full designed a dual-purpose system that uses mechanical water flow to control the rotation of a solar panel. The SunSaluter, winner of the Mashable-UN Foundation Startups for Social Good Challenge, is a low-cost solar tracker and water filtration system. We spoke with Ms. Full, one of the recipients of the 20-Under-20 Thiel Fellowship (a $100,000 grant to skip college and focus on a world-changing idea), about the evolution of the SunSaluter and the importance of development data in her work.