A Matter of Trust

Building Integrity into Data, Statistics and Records to Support the Sustainable Development Goals

Edited by Anne Thurston

A Matter of Trust

Edited by Anne Thurston

Distributed for University of London Press

300 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781912250349 Published January 2021 For sale only in Canada and the USA and dependicies
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals initiative has the potential to set the direction for a future world that works for everyone. Approved by 193 United Nations member countries in September 2016 to help guide global and national development policies through the year 2030, the seventeen goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, but also include new priority areas, such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace, and justice. Assessed against commonly agreed targets and indicators, the goals should facilitate inter-governmental cooperation and the development of regional and even global development strategies. This book explores, through a series of case studies, the substantial challenges for assembling reliable data and statistics to address pressing development challenges, particularly in Africa. By highlighting the enormous potential value of creating and using high quality data, statistics, and records as an interconnected resource and describing how this can be achieved, the book will contribute to defining meaningful and realistic global and national development policies in the critical period to 2030.
Contents
1. Records as evidence for measuring sustainable development in Africa
Anne Thurston

2. The state of data and statistics in sub-Saharan Africa in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals
Paul Komba and Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala

3. Data, information and records: exploring definitions and relationships
Geoffrey Yeo interviewed by James Lowry

4. The potential – constructive and destructive – of information technology for records management: case studies from India
James Manor

5. Statistical accuracy and reliable records: a case study of mortality statistics in The Gambia
Andrew Griffin

6. Mainstreaming records and data management in sustainable development: lessons from the public and private sectors in Kenya
Justus Wamukoya and Cleophas Ambira

7. Open data and records management – activating public engagement to improve information: case studies from Sierra Leone and Cambodia
Katherine Townsend, Tamba Lamin, Amadu Massally and Pyrou Chung

8. Assuring authenticity in public sector data: a case study of the Kenya Open Data Initiative
James Lowry

9. Preserving the digital evidence base for measuring the Sustainable Development Goals
Adrian Brown

10. Preserving and using digitally encoded information as a foundation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
David Giaretta

11. Transparency in the 21st century: the role of records in achieving public access to information, protecting fundamental freedoms and monitoring sustainable development
Victoria Lemieux

12. Information management for international development: roles, responsibilities and competencies
Elizabeth Shepherd and Julie McLeod

13. The quality of data, statistics and records used to measure progress towards achieving the SDGs: a fictional situation analysis
John McDonald
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