The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), hosted at the UN Foundation, with a distributed team working from five countries, is a fast-growing, dynamic international partnership bringing together over 200 different organizations including governments, UN agencies, private companies, civil society organizations, and many others. The GPSDD makes connections and brokers partnerships to address the problems of gaps in data production, poor data use, access, quality, and works with stakeholders to fully harness the new opportunities of the data revolution in the service of sustainable development.
Based on partner demand, the GPSDD set up a task team to address specific data challenges related to measuring and understanding the needs of the poorest and most marginalized populations, in order to meet the 2030 Agenda aspiration to ‘Leave No One Behind’. The task team focused on accelerating progress on data disaggregation and developed the Inclusive Data Charter (IDC) to mobilize political support to address the challenge, reflecting a recognition that political barriers often prevent technical solutions from being developed or widely adopted.
The Charter includes two parts: a high-level vision with five principles that countries and organizations are asked to sign up to; and a tailored action plan that each of those signing up must develop themselves. The aim of the action plan is to show the practical steps the organization or country is taking towards achieving the high-level vision and principles, as well as highlighting the longer-term actions needed. The Charter has been designed to enable a wide range of organizations to sign up, creating a broad movement in support of inclusive data. This includes governments of high, middle, and low-income countries, city-level governments, multilateral organizations, civil society organizations and the private sector.
Since the Charter launched in July 2018, 14 champions have signed up. Building on this momentum, we are aiming to grow interest, increase the number of champions joining the Charter, and increase the engagement of existing champions. The Inclusive Data Charter is currently supported by an IDC Secretariat consisting of a full time Inclusive Data Charter Coordinator based at Sightsavers in the UK but sits within the GPSDD secretariat team and benefits from advice, guidance and support from GPSDD secretariat staff. Overall guidance and support are also provided by the two IDC Task Team co-facilitators from Sightsavers and DFID.
To match our ambitious aims, we are now looking to grow the IDC team and are looking for a dynamic and experienced Outreach Manager to work alongside the Inclusive Data Charter Project Manager, and a newly recruited Technical Advisor. The Outreach Manager will be responsible for increasing the growth in Charter champions to 40 by the end of 2019 and promoting greater awareness of the Charter and its impact on accelerating progress on data disaggregation. The Outreach Advisor will be project managed by the IDC Project Manager as part of the IDC team and will be housed and line managed by GPSDD, with location based on recruitment.
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