From May 5 to May 19, 2016
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About the E-Forum
Last year, UN Member States adopted a new and ambitious set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. These 17 “Sustainable Development Goals” will frame the development agenda over the next 15 years.
Yet, doubts remain about the degree to which these ambitions will be matched by accountable delivery on the ground. Indeed, according to Amina Mohamed, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the SDGs, “accountability” is “the one knot we haven’t tied”.
On May 5, 10:00 am EST, the Knowledge Platform will host a webinar on “How citizen-generated data can accelerate progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals”. In this webinar, Jeff Hall, freelance consultant, and Cassia Moraes, DataShift, will explore the ways that citizen themselves can contribute data that accelerates the accountable delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. Through case studies and practical examples, the speakers will examine the complementarity of citizen-generated data and national statistical data, the importance of “perception-based” data, the contribution of citizen-generated data to more equitable service delivery, and practical value of citizen-generated data at the local level.
In this E-forum, participants and moderators will be able to follow up on this discussion. Participants will be invited to share their own examples of citizen-generated data, challenges, and ideas for further collaboration.
About the Moderators
Kristin Antin acts as the communications catalyst for the engine room, helping to spark and spread knowledge within the engine room’s community and beyond. Now, she is applying her community building efforts to DataShift. Kristin has a background in computer science, human rights and online community building. From 2008 to 2014, she worked to build the New Tactics online community of practice for a global network of human rights defenders. During that time, she worked with over 1400 practitioners in more than 70 online discussions to share experiences, challenges and advice with peers. She’s passionate about peer-to-peer learning, information management and open source tools (and combining all three) to power the work of human rights defenders.
Jeff Hall is a lawyer and freelance consultant, focusing on the role of citizens in holding governments and development partners accountable for the promises they make. He provides technical and strategic advice to a variety of multilateral and international development partners. Previously, Jeff led World Vision’s social accountability work in 600 programs in 53 countries. He has also held positions at the Inter-American Court for Human Rights, Caritas, and several local level CSOs in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. In June, Jeff will begin a new role as the Executive Director of the Bank Information Center in Washington, DC.
Federico Ramírez leads the Technological Innovation for Advocacy Unit at Fundar, a Mexican CSO aiming to advance substantive democracy. Federico has developed several technological platforms for advocacy groups (such as the GPSA Knowledge Platform). He has played an active role in the creation of local and international open data related initiatives such as OpenDataMx and the Global Open Data Initiative. He studied Physics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He previously collaborated with the Mexican Science and Technological National Council in APEC’s Science and Technology Working Group. He worked in the Mexican National Council for Arts and Culture, where he developed the Cultural Information System, as well as various portals and publications on art policies’ statistics.
In order to participate in this E-forum, you will need to be registered to the GPSA Knowledge Platform and logged in. If you did not create your account yet, do it here. If you are already registered to the Knowledge Platform, you do not need to do anything.
Just log in the platform and come here on May 5. A link to the E-forum will be provided here after the webinar.