The 'Strengthening Institutional Capacity for SDGs Achievement in Bangladesh (SC4SDG)' project of UNDP Bangladesh and General Economics Division (GED), with the support of UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals project through the financial support of the Governments of Austria, Sweden, and the European Union jointly organized the virtual training workshop titled "SDG Metadata and SDMX Template: Exercise on SDG Indicator 16.7.2" on 08-09 August 2021. This is the second of the eight training workshop series planned for 2021. This workshop aims to build the capacity and strengthen the knowledge of the SDGs Focal Points for generating and collecting new data to fill the existing data gap for this newly incorporated indicator - 16.7.2.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Shamsul Alam, Honorable State Minister of Planning, Ministry of Planning. Ms. Mosammat Nasima Begum, Member (Secretary), Socio-Economic Infrastructure Division, Bangladesh Planning Commission, was the Special Guest of the event, while Mr. Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh; and Mr. Mohammad Tajul Islam, Director General (Additional Secretary), Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) attended as the Guests of Honour. The inaugural session of this auspicious training workshop was chaired by Mr. Md. Mafidul Islam, Chief (Additional Secretary), General Economics Division (GED). In total, 43 participants attended the workshop from different ministries/divisions/agencies, including Ministry of Public Administration, Cabinet Division, Election Commission Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, GED, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division, Local Government Division, Ministry of Social Welfare, , Statistics and Informatics Division, and BBS.
This workshop provided an opportunity to produce, interpret, and utilize the data to monitor and report progress towards SDG indicator 16.7.2. It also explored the data gaps for follow-up activities and reviewed SDG indicator 16.7.2 to align with the country's revised monitoring and evaluation framework. '""The training also facilitated hands-on sessions on the methodology, compilation, and interpretation of the SDG 16.7.2 for compiling this indicator. At the end of the workshop, participants are expected to gain skills to work on this indicator and train others in their organizations as well as other organizations, and share the good practices learned from this training.
Ms. Marie Laberge, Expert Consultant on Governance Statistics, UNDP Oslo Governance Centre virtually conducted a session on "Scoring and computation methodology of Indicator 16.7.2" to give an overview of the data collection and validation process, data sources and reporting system of the SDG indicator 16.7.2. Other national resource persons delivered lectures regarding conceptualization and understanding of the indicator.
It is important to realize that a peaceful and inclusive society is necessary for achieving sustainable development goals. SDG indicator 16.7.2 refers to the concept of 'political efficacy'. This indicator captures the extent to which various socio-demographic segments of the population feel that their views are reflected in the public decision-making processes. The SC4SDG project is happy to collaborate with the government of Bangladesh, especially BBS, and provide technical and financial support to make data available to monitor and evaluate SDG 16 in Bangladesh.