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Newsletter Poverty-Wellbeing October 2021 | International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Data and LNOB

​Our newsletter comes as a prelude to the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty that is marked on October 17th. This year’s theme is: “Building Forward Together: Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet”. Tomorrow, the United Nations will host a commemoration event on the occasion and ODI invited already two days ago to a webinar on getting back on track to end extreme poverty.

In the aftermath of the UN World Data Forum 2021, Data is another focus of this newsletter’s edition. You will find the webinar held at the WDF “Twice invisible – A lack of data in crisis leaves the education of Internally Displaced Children behind. Time to act!” that we jointly organised with the SDC Education Network. And you can read some recently published reports on opportunities that data present to leave no one behind. These texts do not fail to also point out the dangers of data production and use resulting in people being left behind and increasing inequality.

Finally, have a look at SDC’s ongoing learning journey on Social Protection and join the so far very inspiring learning series with participants from all over the world sharing their experiences.

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Stephanie Guha  Nora Tanner / October 2021​​​

Source: United Nations and Hélène Perdereau

Building Forward Together: Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet

As we embark on the post-COVID recovery and getting back on track with the Sustainable Development Goals, many are talking of “building back better”. However, the message from the people living in extreme poverty is clear; they do not want a return to the past nor to build back to what it was before. They do not want a return to the endemic structural disadvantages and inequalities. Instead, people living in poverty propose to build forward.

Building forward means transforming our relationship with nature, dismantling structures of discrimination that disadvantage people in poverty and building on the moral and legal framework of human rights that places human dignity at the heart of policy and action.

Find out more on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty with this year’s theme: Building Forward Together. To join the online commemoration event by the United Nations on October 15th 2021, registration to the Zoom event is only possible outside the FDFA IT system. Register and join​»

The data side of leaving no one behind

“In order for people to count, you need to count people.” Births need to be registered, visits to health facilities need to be recorded, progress through school needs to be monitored. This is not the case in low income countries, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected states. To contribute to a better data collection, analysis and use, DI developed their own approach called data landscaping. It covers the political economy of data within a country; the structures and standards that govern the collection, the use of data, and much more. Every country has its own unique system, but that is not to say there are not many similarities. This report is the first attempt at mapping out this common ground at the national level and sharing revealing findings on what needs to be in place for people to be counted so they start counting. Read more»​​

 Nora Tanner / October 2021

​UN World Data Forum | TWICE INVISIBLE: A lack of data in crisis leaves the education of Internally Displaced Children behind. Time to act! ​

The United Nations World Data Forum 2021 (UNWDF) was held from 3 to 6 October 2021 in the Swiss capital Bern with around 700 participants from 110 countries. This global and hybrid conference was crucial to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with high-quality, accessible, timely and reliable data to leave no one behind. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Development Initiatives UK and NORRAG jointly organised a session on the lack of data in crisis that leaves the education of Internally Displaced Children behind. Watch recording»​

Stephanie Guha / October 2021​​​​​​

​​World Development Report: Data for Better Lives

Data, which are growing at an unprecedented rate, are becoming an integral part of the daily lives of most people everywhere. But how does that matter for the more than 700 million people living in extreme poverty? According to this report by the World Bank, data can improve social and economic outcomes. But only if they are used systematically in ways that create information that generates insights that improve lives.​​

The report aims to answer two fundamental questions. First, how can data better advance development objectives? Second, what kind of data governance arrangements are needed to use data in a safe, ethical, and secure way while also delivering value equitably? Download the report in multiple languages here»

 Nora Tanner / October 2021

October 2021 - ODI webinar 'Getting back on track to end extreme poverty' on 13 Oct 2021​

ODI is organising a webinar to mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2021 that will take place tomorrow, 13 October 2021. Join the webinar to discuss how the global community can use this moment to ensure people living in poverty around the world are not left behind when we ‘build back better’. They will share recent ODI research interviewing people living in poverty in lower- and middle-income countries across the world and will ask: How has Covid-19 changed or exasperated the issues faced by people living in poverty, and how should global policy and programming pivot to meet their needs?​ Find out more and register»​​

Stephanie Guha / October 2021​​​

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