Official Development Assistance for Data and Statistical Systems
Sound and timely data and statistics are essential for designing better policies for
better lives. When the right data are available and used by policy makers, they play
a crucial role in managing crises, as revealed during the COVID-19 pandemic. They
are also indispensable for transparent and accountable delivery of policies and services
and to guide business and investment decisions in line with the Sustainable Development
The first 2021 edition of the OECD’s Data for Development Profiles is a unique source
of information and insights on how members of the Development Co-operation Committee
(DAC) allocate official development assistance (ODA) to statistical capacity development
and strengthening data ecosystems in low and middle income countries. By providing
a comprehensive overview of members’ data and statistical policy priorities, strategies,
funding, delivery modalities and partnerships, the profiles serve as a baseline for
co-ordinating international support and highlight ways forward for greater impact
Five insights from the Data for Development Profiles of DAC members
INSIGHT 1 DAC members’ overarching thematic and geographic priorities drive funding of data and statistics
> A few DAC members identify the strengthening of data and statistical capacity as an overarching priority and even fewer have a dedicated team or focal point for all data and statisticsrelated programmes and projects. DAC members’ often provide support in line with their overarching policy priorities and targeted to strategic partner countries
INSIGHT 2 DAC members increasingly invest in sectoral data and statistics
> The profiles document a shift over the last decade away from core support to national statistical systems and offices towards investments in sectoral data
INSIGHT 3 ODA to data and statistics is increasingly concentrated in fragile states
> DAC members’ bilateral ODA has become increasingly concentrated on the African continent, in low-income countries and in fragile contexts. A larger share of country-allocable ODA is allocated to countries that face governance challenges.
INSIGHT 4 Project-type interventions are preferred to joint-funding mechanisms
> ODA activities in support of data and statistics in developing countries increasingly take the form of project-type interventions. Annual contributions to programmes of implementing partners (e.g. trust funds managed by multilaterals) have remained constant overall but are used by a larger group of DAC members and are becoming more diverse in terms of their objectives. Contributions to basket funds have decreased.
INSIGHT 5 Country ownership drives successful results
> DAC members point to the importance of country ownership to ensure that support to data and statistics is sustainable. However, tensions can arise between the role of providers as partners helping to build national data and statistical systems and users of development data.
Join the webinar: “How to unleash the full potential of data for better lives: World Development Report 2021
Wednesday, 9 June 2021 | 16:00-17:15 (CET)
PARIS21, the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate and the World Bank are pleased to invite you to join a webinar on the role of financing to achieve integrated national data systems & new developments.
The virtual event will introduce participants to the key findings and recommendations of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2021: Better Data for Better Lives, followed by a panel discussion with leading members of the data and financing communities on the role of financing to achieve integrated national data systems.
The discussion will also cover new developments, such as the upcoming launch of the World Bank’s Global Data Facility, the development of innovative tools such as the Clearinghouse for Financing Development Data, a global platform to match the demand and supply of support for data and statistics, being developed by the PARIS21-hosted Bern Network on Financing Data for Development, and the OECD’s launch of the first-ever Data for Development (D4D) Profiles of members of the Development Assistance Committee.
Introduction: Jorge Moreira da Silva, Director, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD
Panel moderator: Johannes Jütting, Executive Head, PARIS21