The data revolution needs funding

By Jacques Jimeno 01 May 2015

Johannes Jütting, manager of the PARIS21 Secretariat within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, shares that data revolution needs funding.

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The data revolution may not receive pledges yet at but at the very least, it can gain political momentum, Johannes Jütting, manager of the PARIS21 Secretariat within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, told Devex associate editor Kelli Rogers on the sidelines of the Cartagena Data Festival in Colombia.

The road to better data

At a time when the world is experiencing a "data revolution," blank spaces persist in the statistics of many developing countries. Despite the challenges, PARIS21's Johannes Jütting is optimistic all countries, including the poorer ones, can make quick, dramatic progress.

“If we want to make this revolution happen, we need to increase funding for statistics,” he said adding that aside from aid from donors, domestic financing should also be increased to address the extra $1 billion needed for statistics.

Jütting also noted that less than 1 percent of total overseas development assistance is allotted for statistics and increasing the share to at least 1 percent can fill the current needs.

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Jacques Jimeno

Jacques is a copy editor at Devex’s news production team. Previously, he worked with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the World Wide Fund for Nature. He is currently taking his master’s degree in communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman.


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