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VNR peer exchanges
Since 2020, Partners for Review is conducting peer exchanges for countries that are in the process of conducting a Voluntary National Review (VNR). In February 2020, the first such exchange took place in Costa Rica (see also video here). It enabled representatives from government, national statistical offices and non-state actors from Belize, Costa Rica and Georgia to learn from each other about their experiences from previous VNRs and plans for their ongoing VNR. From November 2020 to May 2021, representatives from Guatemala, Mexico, Namibia and Sierra Leone participated in a series of virtual peer exchanges on their VNR roadmaps, institutional coordination mechanisms, meaningful stakeholder engagement during the pandemic, SDG data and statistics, and effective follow-up.
Data Partnerships Initiative
Together with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the International Civil Society Centre, Partners for Review launched the Data Partnerships Initiative in 2020. The goal is to build national data partnerships to strengthen SDG monitoring and review through the use of alternative data, especially citizen-generated data and human rights data, to fill some of the existing data gaps. The initiative began with a series of multi-stakeholder peer exchanges between the six participating countries (Canada, Costa Rica, Ghana, Nepal, Palestinian Territories, Philippines). Building on the insights gained and the connections built during these exchanges, the Initiative is now providing targeted support to implement sustained data partnerships.
VLR Knowledge Hub
Partners for Review is currently working on the development of a regional VLR Knowledge Hub in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Knowledge Hub will serve to bring together different stakeholders who have already been involved in VLR and other local SDG monitoring and reporting processes or who would like to gain more experience in this area, to learn from each other, share experiences, and discuss challenges and opportunities. More info is coming soon!
Further collaborative activities
Partners for Review is collaborating with the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) to enable the increased use of available data from sources other than the traditional national statistical system. In 2018, the two jointly published a paper that disentangles the factors preventing countries from getting the most out of their data ecosystem. Currently, Partners for Review and PARIS21 are supporting the Kenyan National Bureau of Statistics to develop a quality assurance framework for the inclusion of citizen-generated data in consultation with Kenyan civil society.