Designing of SDGs Monitoring Framework for Bangladesh gets Momentum

Jan 5, 2017

General Economics Division (GED) with the technical and financial assistance of Support to Sustainable and Inclusive Planning (SSIP) Project organized a two-day long Inter-ministerial Consultation Workshop on ‘Designing a SDGs Monitoring Framework’ during 4-5 December 2016 at BRAC - CDM, Rajendrapur.

The main purpose of the inter-ministerial consultation workshop was to follow-up, review and developing appropriate tool for monitoring the implementation of the 2030 Global Development Agenda for Sustainable Development. The workshop also aimed to create an opportunity reaching a common understanding among national data producers and users working together for ensuring timely, reliable and availability required data to produce quality national report on SDGs implementation progress.

It is imperative that a solid monitoring framework with robust indicators and a solid statistical data base are prerequisites for effective monitoring for tracking progress. This helps to take informed policy decisions and ensure accountability of all stakeholders. The SDGs monitoring framework would be developed in an interactive and participatory manner especially with engagement of all stakeholders.

The workshop was targeted for policy makers, public planners, national statistical office and research experts from Government ministries/divisions/agencies, Planning Commission, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), Implementation Monitoring Evaluation Division (IMED) and other relevant national data producers. The workshop brought together a total of 37 participants from across line ministries/divisions/agencies.

Participants examined and provided detail feedback with recommendation on which indicators of SDGs are realistically applicable for Bangladesh context with targets and potential data disaggregation as well as how to improve required national data availability for monitoring of SDGs. In particular, participants had through discussion on metadata, data collection methods; targets and indicators; methods for examining baselines, data adequacy, and target feasibility.

Professor Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), General Economics Division (GED), Planning Commission graced the opening ceremony as the Chief Guest while Mr. Mr. Khurshid Alam, Assistant Country Director, UNDP attended the event as the Guests of Honor. Mr. Naquib Bin Mahbub, Chief (GED) and NPD (SSIP Project) and Mr. Fakrul Ahsan, Project Manager, SSIP Project spoke at the opening session.

The exercises conducted and the inputs of the workshop will help to shape the draft SDGs Monitoring Framework for Bangladesh. The framework, once developed, will be shared with all relevant ministries/divisions/agencies for receiving additional inputs. Thematic consultations will be organized to get the feedback from development partners, civil society organizations, academics, private sector, think tanks and academics of the country. The SDGs Monitoring Framework will then be placed before the Inter-Ministerial SDG Monitoring and Implementation Committee headed by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister for approval.

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