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 Will Publish January 2021
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
Context for the management of data, statistics and records in Africa 1. Records as essential evidence for measuring the Sustainable Development Goals 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. Technology transfer: beyond statistical perspectives on sustainable data Anthea Seles 4. Mainstreaming records and data management in sustainable development: lessons from the public and private sectors in Kenya Justus Wamukoya and Cleophas AmbiraII. Why it matters 5. The potential – constructive and destructive – of information technology for records management James Manor 6. Statistical accuracy and reliable records: a case study of mortality statistics in The Gambia Andrew Griffin 7. Open data and records management: activating public engagement to improve information Katherine Townsend 8. Datasets as records: assuring authenticity in public sector data James LowryIII. Capturing and preserving data quality 9. Preserving the digital evidence base for the Sustainable Development Goals Adrian Brown 10. Preserving and using digitally encoded information as a foundation for achieving sustainable development David Giaretta 11. Data, information and records: exploring definitions and relationships Geoffrey YeoIV. Moving forward 12. Transparency in the 21st century: the role of records in achieving public access to information, protecting fundamental freedoms and monitoring sustainable development Victoria Lemieux 13. Information management for international development: roles, responsibilities and competencies Elizabeth Shepherd and Julie McLeod 14. The quality of data, statistics and records used to measure progress toward achieving the SDGs in Amania: a fictional situation analysis John McDonald  
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