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Sightsavers signs up to new Inclusive Data Charter

July 2018
Speakers at the event.
Speakers at the launch included Sightsavers Senegal Country Director Salimata Bocoum (second from right) and Director of Policy and Programme Strategy Dom Haslam (third from right).

Sightsavers has signed a new Inclusive Data Charter, launched this week at a side event at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum in New York.

The aim of the charter is to make the collection of global development data more disability-inclusive.

The charter consists of a set of principles promoting data collection that better includes people with disabilities. It is designed to build political support from countries and organisations and encourage them to collect and use data that reflects an accurate prevalence of disability alongside other factors like age, gender, wealth and geography.

Developed by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), in collaboration with national governments, UN agencies and civil society organisations including Sightsavers, the charter will help to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals, and their vision of a world where no one is left behind.

Sightsavers Director of Policy and Programme Strategy Dominic Haslam said: “I’m truly excited by the potential of the charter to make a genuine, lasting impact on the development sector. Development is first and foremost about equality and equity. You can’t deliver those without disaggregated data. This is a great step forward in efforts to ensure not only that no one is left behind, but also that everybody counts when development decisions are made. I’m very proud that Sightsavers has been involved at the heart of the charter since its beginning and I look forward to seeing it grow from here.”

Sightsavers has been disaggregating data by disability since 2015, when it piloted the Washington Group Short Set (WGSS) of questions on disability within an urban eye health project in India. The organisation has since tested the WGSS in data collection at trachoma trichiasis camps in Tanzania and Malawi and through a mass drug administration within a neglected tropical disease programme in Ghana.

Inclusive Data Charter Action Plan

Countries and organisations that sign up to the Inclusive Data Charter commit to publishing details of their own action plan that identifies the steps they will take to improve the quality and quantity of their data that includes people with disabilities. Sightsavers’ Inclusive Data Charter action plan focuses on:

  • disaggregating data across projects by more variables such as sex, age, wealth and location in addition to disability, and making this a core part of monitoring, research and evaluations where appropriate.
  • building experience on the ground in future projects and programmes across Africa and Asia, and reinforcing commitment to the collection and use of inclusive and disaggregated data.
  • sharing evidence and insight with others and supporting global efforts by working with a variety of governments and other organisations within the GPSDD
  • advocating with governments to encourage the integration of data disaggregation into health and education management information systems

Read more about Everybody Counts, Sightsavers’ commitment to data that includes people with disabilities.

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Salimata Bocoum, Sightsavers' Country Director in Senegal, speaking at the launch of the Inclusive Data Charter.

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