Namibia improves data collection

31 July 2019 | Local News

Namibia is well underway to achieving the target for the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable disaggregated data by 2020.

This is according to Alka Bhatia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative.

She was speaking yesterday at the official launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Baseline Report Namibia 2019, an indicator framework and portal.

“The SDG baseline report serves as a foundation to not only indicate where we are starting, but to also show where we want to go in terms of the 2030 Agenda, as well as Agenda 2063. Indicators are the backbone of monitoring the SDGs at local and global level,” she said.

Bhatia added they also serve as a scorecard to measure progress towards achieving a target and ensure the accountability of governments and other stakeholders in achieving the SDGs.

According to her the process of developing a nationally relevant indicator framework, based on the approximately 240 global indicators, is an intensive process requiring not only broad-based consultations, but also extensive mapping of meta data and definitions for greater clarity on what is being measured and reported upon.

“I commend the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) for the broad-based consultative process involving data producers and users that it has undertaken and the effort it has made in cleaning, refining and aligning significant amounts of data,” she said.

According to her the SDGs provide the UN with a common plan and agenda to tackle some of the pressing challenges facing the world, such as poverty, climate change and conflict.

“Namibia continues to make great strides by constantly showing its capabilities to implement and report on its achievements,” Bhatia added.

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