DataShift Thematic Forums include events, consultations and online exchanges on citizen‑generated data to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration on citizen-generated data, including on enhancing complementarity between citizen‑generated data and other data sources, enhancing comparability of citizen‑generated data between and within countries and harmonising shadow SDG reporting.
Why? In-depth knowledge exchange and collaboration on particular themes or SDGs is necessary to share innovations in generating and using citizen‑generated data. It will also help identify challenges and test solutions for harmonising and comparing citizen-generated data.
We have convened a series of national dialogues on the state of gender data in each of the DataShift pilot countries (Kenya, Argentina, Nepal and Tanzania), with a view to identifying the challenges and opportunities around using citizen-generated data as part of an integrated, multi-stakeholder approach to facilitating engagement, spurring action, and monitoring progress on SDG 5.
Global Gender Thematic Forum
Exploring the global coverage, credibility, and complementarity of civil society data and citizen-generated data on gender issues
In December 2016, DataShift convened a Global Gender Thematic Forum, bringing together a small group of gender data practitioners from these countries, along with a number of other international experts, working on issues from digital literacy, to statistics, to the empowerment of women, to ‘mutually reinforcing’ global advocacy activities. The event sought to take an in-depth look at the possibilities and barriers for improving the coherence of civil society data and CGD on gender, exploring in particular issues of credibility via topics such as methodological rigour and responsible data use, with a view to identifying practical steps to overcoming such challenges. In the report, “Exploring the Global Coverage, Credibility and Complementarity of Civil Society Data and Citizen-Generated Data on Gender Issues“, we identify the challenges and opportunities around using CGD as part of an integrated, multi-stakeholder approach to spurring action and monitoring progress on SDG 5. Download the report.
Kenya Gender Thematic Forum
On 28 July 2016, DataShift, together with the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) and the SDGs Kenya Forum, convened a one-day forum to explore opportunities for delivering an integrated, data-driven multi-stakeholder approach to implementing and monitoring progress on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); with a special focus on Goal Five “achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls,” and other gender-related targets in other SDGs in Kenya. The forum featured expert panel discussions and presentations from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC), and Department of Gender Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development. It also brought together over 50 stakeholders from government, private sector, media, civil society; including women’s rights organisations, development partners, academia, researchers, media, and technology enthusiasts, among others. Read the full report.
Nepal Gender Thematic Forum
The Nepal Gender Thematic Forum was a huge success with more than 70 participants from diverse sectors including, governmental and bilateral organisations, academia, media INGOs, NGOs and CSOs. From the civil society, representation from indigenous community, gender and gender minorities, grassroots groups, child rights groups, women’s rights organisations, Dalit organisations, etc. were present in the room. The first half of the meeting had two expert panels representing different stakeholders, followed by interactive sessions among the participants through group work. Read the full report.
Argentina Gender Thematic Forum
The main objective of the Argentina Gender Thematic Forum is to gain a better understanding of the gender data ecosystem in Argentina, as well as find opportunities for future DataShift initiatives. The Forum was set to take place in 2016 following meetings with government and various gender non-governmental organisations, however, a number of factors prevented the event from taking place as scheduled. This report provides a brief overview of the situation in Argentina including; the actions we have taken in order to accomplish the Argentina Gender Thematic Forum, the barriers we have encountered along the way, the learnings from these barriers and a plan of action to make it happen in 2017.
Tanzania Gender Thematic Forum
DataShift is excited to be participating in the Sustainable Development Goals Gender Data and Statistics Forum from 9 – 12 May in Tanzania. Recognising the importance of strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships in SDGs localisation and the monitoring of progress on gender equality across all SDG goals; UN Women is partnering with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and DataShift to host a multi-sectoral national workshop and high-level forum on gender data and statistics.
The event will be attended by planning and monitoring and evaluation officers (M&E) of sectoral ministries and higher learning and research institutions, CSOs, the media and private sector to deliberate on strategies to strengthen national and sub-national capacity for gender statistics, data collection and analysis for SDGs localisation monitoring and reporting in line with national development priorities and plans. A key objective of the three-day capacity development workshop and high-level forum is to reinforce the attention to, and understanding of, the SDG 5 in the context of Tanzania, including exploring the significance of gender targets and indicators in achieving the other SDGs, amongst others. Be sure to visit this page, for outcomes of the event.