Finding data points to shed light on girls left behind

    Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International, explains the organization’s plan to spur and accelerate greater gender data collection.

    Reproductive age is defined as between 15 and 49 by every demographic health survey in the world. But girls under 15 account for 2 million of the 7.3 million births that occur to adolescent girls under 18 every year in developing countries, according to UNFPA.

    “They don’t show up in the statistics,” Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International, told Devex at Women Deliver 2016.

    For the past seven years, Plan has produced a State of the World’s Girls Report, based on surveys of millions of girls around the world, analyzed along with official United Nations and government data.

    “We could sort of do that on our own for the MDGs, there’s absolutely no way we can do that for the SDGs,” Albrectsen told Devex.

    Now, a joint initiative led by Plan, the International Women’s Health Coalition, KPMG, ONE Campaign and Women Deliver seeks to ensure decision-makers are held accountable on promises to achieve equality for girls and women during the 15-year implementation of the world’s development goals.

    “Leaving no one behind is about finding those data points that will help us shed a light on those issues,” she said.

    With potential to change the trajectory of crises, such as famines or the spread of diseases, the innovative use of data will drive a new era for global development. Throughout this monthlong Data Driven discussion, Devex and partners will explore how the data revolution is changing our approach to achieving development outcomes and reshaping the future of our industry. Help us drive the conversation forward by tagging #DataDriven and @devex.

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      Kelli Rogers is an Associate Editor for Devex. Based on the U.S. West Coast, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on gender. She previously worked as Devex’s Southeast Asia correspondent based in Bangkok, covering disaster and crisis response, resilience, women’s rights, and climate change throughout the region. Prior to that, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.

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