NBS working on portal to monitor progress on SDGs

11Jan 2019
Getrude Mbago
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
NBS working on portal to monitor progress on SDGs

THE National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said that it is developing a special portal to track and monitor the implementation of the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ahead of the 2030 deadline.


Preparations for the implementation of the programme, which the bureau is running jointly with Sweden’s Data Act Lab’, are in the final stages and it is expected to become operational this March.


NBS director general Dr Albina Chuwa said this at a meeting in Dar es Salaam yesterday with statistics stakeholders called to discuss progress on the development of the portal.


“Data gap assessment findings show that Tanzania’s ability to meet data needs for the monitoring of SDGs indicators currently stands at 27 per cent, which is very low,” she said.


She added that, with the development of the digital portal, the country will be well placed to meet data needs for both SDGs and the second phase of the national Five-Year Development Plan (FYDP II).


Dr Chuwa said NBS has already conducted a number of workshops, with a view to creating awareness among members of public and data users specifically on the importance of the portal “in order to enable them to understand how the implementation of the SDGs is done and how will be tracked and monitored”.


“We are finalising the SDGs Data Portal in our country and once we are done it will enable the public and data users to access reports and other related programmes and information towards the deadline of SDGs, which is 2030,” she said.


NBS will also continue to improve its statistical data collection systems by adopting new technology for quality official statistics, she explained, adding that the use of better technology would increase the quality of data needed in planning for the development of the country.


“NBS plays an important role in national development by providing data to assist and encourage informed decision-making, research and discussions within government and the larger community by leading a high quality, objective and responsive national statistical system,” explained Dr Chuwa.


She appealed to stakeholders from the “statistical community” to help in fostering the development of statistics in the country and join hands in ensure the production and compilation of quality statistics.


Data Act Lab founder and managing director Alexandra Silfverstolpe meanwhile said that, upon its completion, the digital portal would allow “all actors to drill into the data at the national and subnational levels across Tanzania for the good of the implementation of the country’s development plans.


She said that the interactive digital portal would present the results of Tanzania’s Agenda 2030 and reporting framework, adding: “It will contain several interactive tools to explore the data and learn about data gaps, among other things.”


“Colombia has also developed its own national electronic portal to track the implementation of the SDGs and has found it very useful,” she added.


Data Act Lab is a team of development and interaction experts dedicated to the use of visualisation to make the world a better place to live.