1. Gather evidence to increase awareness and understanding of the key issues
In Cameroon, we worked with partners to localise the SDGs and empower local actors in the production and use of disaggregated data to strengthen governance and decision-making. As part of this, we conducted a local council pilot and supported a voluntary local review (VLR) in Cameroon. Through the VLR, we identified gaps in local level inclusive data and produced key recommendations to advocate regional and national level decision-makers to act. As a result of this work, we are now partnering with Cameroon’s national statistics office to address the data gaps and explore opportunities to scale up the pilot’s learnings across other local councils in order to make their data collection tools more inclusive.
2. Engage key stakeholders to build collaborative relationships and trust
In Pakistan, we worked with the SDG unit of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives to strengthen disability disaggregated data in the SDG monitoring systems and collaborated with the Community Based Inclusive Development Network, which includes people with disabilities and their representative organisations. Following the success of a pilot to strengthen disability data for SDG 4: quality education, the ministry is now replicating this approach for monitoring the other SDGs at both national and provincial levels, in collaboration with Sightsavers and other organisations. By strengthening Pakistan’s SDG monitoring frameworks to include disability disaggregated data, key decision-makers can improve planning and budgeting to deliver more equitable outcomes for people with disabilities.
3. Mobilise non-state actors by equipping them with the tools to advocate for action
In Senegal, we worked with the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Cooperation and CONGAD forum to build the capacity of civil society organisations and mobilised citizens, including young people, women, people with disabilities and farmers, to equip them with the knowledge and tools to encourage the government to take urgent and ambitious action on inclusive data. This advocacy enabled us to facilitate direct conversations between non-state actors and the government and resulted in an inclusive, participatory process to develop Senegal’s Inclusive Data Charter action plan. This also enabled us to push for comprehensive, disaggregated national level statistics and localisation. In their 2022 voluntary national review submission, the government of Senegal has acknowledged the importance of championing inclusive data to ensure that no one is left behind.