The Exhibition featured various booths and presentations on new technologies for visualising statistics as well as initiatives to measure and foster quality of life. Some of the exhibitors that were present are listed below:

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Is life in Australia getting better? Come to the Australian Bureau of Statistics exhibition booth to find out!
Measures of Australia's Progress is designed to help you answer this question, by offering a suite of indicators across many areas of Australian life.
Come and see not only this year's update of Measures of Australia's Progress, but also the results from a large public consultation into what is most important in life.
Come see the latest mock-up of the planned interactive interface for the 2013 update. Try it out for yourself and tell us what you think.

Canada’s International Development Research Centre

Canada’s International Development Research Centre's support development research and showcases research in different areas from health and agriculture to new information technologies and social and economic policies.


DevInfo is a database system provided by the UN to assist countries in monitoring achievement of the MDGs and other human development frameworks. The tool allows for organizing, storing and retrieving time series socioeconomic indicator data in standardized and user-friendly formats.  The strategic objective of the DevInfo initiative is to promote the use of data for evidence-based decision making through innovative data visualization and presentation.

DevInfo 7.0, the latest version of the software, will be launched during a special side event to the World Forum (the time and venue is yet to be confimred).  DevInfo 7.0 presents a revamped user experience based on the latest online technologies available for data query and visualization.  An online catalog allows users to browse or search through multiple datasets.  Enhanced visualizations allow for viewing data in multiple-themed maps, radar charts, treemaps and other customizable graphic formats.  A new “My Data” feature will allow users to quickly upload their data in just a couple steps to produce visualizations based on their own datasets, and to save these to a private gallery.

This booth will provide visitors with the opportunity to test DevInfo 7.0 hands-on, ask questions to UN staff on DevInfo programming at country level, meet with the software developers for any specific technical queries about the tool, and view or obtain printed information about the initiative.


European Framework for Measuring Progress, a  FP7 coordination and support actions project funded by the European Commission, is aimed at fostering the European debate over the measurement of well-being and societal progress.

At the Exhibition stall, a presentation of the project is set up focusing on its main objectives, its expected results and the main tools and outputs envisaged by the project work plan. Presentations of the Consortium and of the Governance Boards of the project are given as well.

Material on the pillars of the project will be distributed to the visitors together with all the relevant information and indications in order to establish connections with the project activities and to encourage the participation to the debate raised by e-Frame.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit: Broad-based expertise for sustainable development

The services delivered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH draw on a wealth of regional and technical expertise and tried and tested management know-how. As a federal enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in developing metrics beyond gross domestic product (GDP).

Policy-making for sustainable development needs to be based on reliable information that encompasses economic, environmental and social aspects in a balanced manner. Key indicators such as GDP neglect these aspects and give misguiding signals if used as the only point of reference. On behalf of the German federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ supported, for example, the development of an environmental-economic accounting system in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh within a multi-stakeholder process and facilitated the interaction between Indian and German experts. To learn more about our experiences and the services GIZ offers contact us at our exhibition booth.

Global Data Lab

The Global Data Lab develops innovative instruments for measuring and analyzing progress of societies. At the heart of the Datalab is the Database Developing World (DDW), a huge data infrastructure in which hundreds of household survey datasets are connected and harmonized. The DDW contains data on 20 million persons in 110 developing countries.

In our booth we demonstrate besides the DDW the following instruments:

  • Our just completed International Wealth Index (IWI), the first strictly comparable asset-based indicator of the economic situation of households. IWI was constructed on data of 1.6 million households in 90 countries and provides a stable and understandable yardstick for comparing the performance of societies with regard to wealth, inequality and poverty.
  • Area Panel Database, containing demographic, socio-economic and health related  indicators for sub-national regions within developing countries.
  • Twin Database providing information on 50,000 twins in 70+ developing countries, derived from DHS data.
  • EDUCOEF, a website presenting educational attendance figures and coefficients of risk factors for sub-national areas within African countries. EDUCOEF helps policy makers diagnose causes of nonparticipation.
  • Length of Life Database, containing data derived from 9000 life tables on life expectancy and inequality for over 200 countries

Global Development Network

The Global Development Network project, Supporting Policy Research to Inform Agricultural Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to help shape North-South and South-South debates on agricultural policies. Designed as a policy research project, it seeks to enrich the body of knowledge related to agricultural issues.

The 5 key research topics addressed by the project are:

1.       Agricultural Pricing and Public Procurement

2.       Irrigation and Water Use Efficiency

3.       Improving the Effectiveness, Efficiency and Sustainability of Fertilizer Use

4.       Managing Agricultural Commercialization for Inclusive Growth

5.       Addressing Long-Term Challenges to Food Security and Rural Livelihoods

The project has been conceptualized as a synthesis of existing knowledge, especially cross-country research findings, on agricultural issues in two target geographies—Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, producing 10 Policy Research Papers, 10 Policy Briefs and 10 Documentaries.  The project has a multi-pronged outreach program in place, to enhance research uptake among policymakers and key experts. In doing so, the outreach strategy and its implementation plan embrace new media technology, which includes mobile and tablet applications (for iPad, iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire), project website (www.agripolicyoutreach.org), social media engagement (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo), web-based research collaboration platform, digitised versions of the policy papers as well as policy briefs and live streaming of project workshops.

La Fabrique Spinoza (The Spinoza Factory)

La Fabrique Spinoza is the French Paris-based think-tank for citizens’ well-being. As such, it organizes and promotes research and democratic debates on citizens’ well-being, and designs innovative public policies as well as civil society initiatives in its favor.
Declared one of the 12 leading French think-tanks by Acteurs Publics, the Spinoza Factory is Correspondent in France of the Wikiprogress initiative, hosted by the OECD, for the measure of societal progress and well-being.

The Spinoza Factory, via 2 of its experts, is part of the Bhutan-led U.N. commission, in charge of the implementation of resolution 65/309 on “Happiness as a holistic approach to development”.

Its research areas include education, governance, work, health, time, philanthropy, medias, gender equality, indicators, public service, town planning.

OECD Better Life Initiative

The OECD has played a pioneering role in promoting the well-being agenda, in particular in terms of measurement. In 2011, the OECD Secretary-General launched the OECD Better Life Initiative. This initiative developed a set of indicators based on a ‘well-being framework’ that focuses on people and households, that concentrates on outcomes (as opposed to inputs and outputs), that looks at both average country achievements and at inequalities across population groups, and that recognises that both objective and subjective aspects (e.g. people’s evaluations and feelings) are important for people’s lives.

The OECD Better Life Initiative booth will provide further information on the two main elements of the initiative, the report How’s Life? and Your Better Life Index (BLI), an interactive web application that allows users to compare countries based on their own views on the importance of the various aspects of well-being. Visitors will be able to create their own Better Life Index and discuss opportunities to join and support the Initiative. Since its launch a year and half ago, the BLI has received over one million visits from just about every country on the planet and over 2 million pages have been viewed.

OECD iLibrary is the global knowledge base for OECD’s data and analysis. It contains all books and papers published since 1998 – as well as a vast collection of statistics, with data going back to the early 1960s and covering more than 80 countries.

Users can search and click directly to chapters, articles, books, tables, databases, etc. These content items are available in different formats and languages.

As one of the most comprehensive online resources on the world economy, society, education and environment, OECD iLibrary is a powerful tool for people working at academic institutions, in the private sector and at governmental or non-governmental organisations.

ODI’s Development Progress is a four-year research project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that aims to measure, understand and communicate where and how progress has been made in development.  The project will deliver in-depth analysis and produce case studies on advances made across a number of dimensions of well-being and countries.  It aims to inform policy-makers and opinion-leaders around the world about how progress has occurred and can be further sustained.

OPHI, University of Oxford

The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) is an economic research centre at the University of Oxford which aims to build and advance a more systematic methodological and economic framework for reducing multidimensional poverty, grounded in people’s experiences and values. OPHI does so by proposing ways to collect data on the missing dimensions of poverty and by implementing multidimensional measures of poverty and wellbeing. Both data and measurement are highly relevant to national policy-making regarding poverty and well-being, and to the post-2015 discussions.

OPHI’s best-known method for measuring multidimensional poverty (the Alkire Foster method) was used to create the international Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), which has featured in the UNDP’s Human Development Report since 2010. It can also be used to create national measures that are tailored to a country’s policy context and data availability. The government of Colombia, for example, used the method to create a national Multidimensional Poverty Index, while the government of Bhutan adapted it to create its Gross National Happiness Index. The Alkire Foster methodology also underpins the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index, developed with USAID and IFPRI, and other innovative applications.  

Please visit our booth for more information and a wealth of resources, and to find out about a new network for policy makers who are engaged in multidimensional poverty work.


UNICEF is the lead UN agency responsible for the global monitoring of the child-related Millennium Development Goals. UNICEF supports data collection through its Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) programme which is launching its fifth round with newly tested questionnaires that will be used in the next three years in over 40 countries. UNICEF also:

  • develops new methodologies, indicators and monitoring tools for tracking estimates in priority issues;
  • builds statistical capacity at country level;
  • harmonizes work across partners;
  • develops joint estimates;
  • maintains and updates several global databases on key indicators that can be found on www.childinfo.org and;
  • enhances data dissemination—e.g., through www.childinfo.org, special events, working with the media or by creating simple and attractive templates designed for MICS countries to help them disseminate their survey findings more effectively towards targeted audiences.
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