UK backs global statistical efforts with £16m funding

29 Sep 15

British international development secretary Justine Greening has announced that £16m of UK aid money will go to the World Bank Trust Fund for capacity building in the area of data collection and statistical analysis. 

She said “better data” is fundamental if the international community is to achieve the ambitions of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were signed off last Friday in New York.

“A data revolution is as fundamental as anything to achieving the Global Goals. What gets measured gets done. And when lots gets measured, lots get done. Only by collecting and using good, measurable, open, accessible and disaggregated data can we leave no one behind,” Greening said.

“The digital age has presented us with the technology and opportunity to make this data revolution possible – it’s up to us to seize the opportunity.”

The World Bank Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB) is a multi-donor trust fund designed to improve the capacity of poor countries to produce and use statistics.

Greening said the private sector also needed to share its expertise and open up useful data for development purposes.

  • Judith Ugwumadu
    Judith Ugwumadu

    Judith writes about public finance, public services and economics across Public Finance International and Public Finance. She previously undertook reporting stints at Financial Adviser, Global Security Finance and The Sunday Express.

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