This year, 2018, sees EDI continue its research and data collection activities across a variety of sectors including Agriculture, Economic Development, Education, Health, Social Welfare, Infrastructure, Water and Sanitation. We look forward to engaging with new clients and building on successful relationships with existing partners across East Africa and beyond.
“Leave no one behind” is a core principle of the Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which officially came into force on 1st January 2016. The Agenda outlines the Sustainable Development Goals which build on the Millennium Development Goals. It is an action plan of 17 goals and 169 targets to address areas of critical importance that impact both people and the planet.
In line with the UK Government’s commitment to the SDG’s, DFID published a policy paper last year titled ‘Leaving no one behind: Our promise’. One of those promises is: “Supporting a data revolution, to ensure timely, accurate and high quality data is used to achieve and measure sustainable development and to monitor progress and assess whether targets are being met by all peoples and all segments of society.”
This resonates with EDI’s long-held Mission Statement “…We aim to facilitate more accurate, informed and timely decisions to be made that can create a positive impact on people’s lives around the world…”.
Robust quality assurance processes are paramount to all activities at EDI. We have established systems to ensure high quality data collection including rigorous data confidentiality and privacy protocols are in line with international standards. From our questionnaire design choices, to the training and monitoring of field teams, and through to our data processing hub, numerous processes are implemented to ensure our data is accurate and of high quality.
Earlier this week, on 2nd January 2018, Bond released a report titled ‘Leave no one behind: How the development community is realising the pledge’ which builds on a previous paper Bond published in 2016. The 2018 report stresses that “disaggregation of data must be strengthened and go beyond gender, disability, geography and age to make visible those groups most marginalised in specific contexts.”
As a group of companies which collects quantities of socio-economic data, we will continue to ensure that our activities deliver positive outcomes and enrich the lives of the communities we work with through our considered, fair and transparent approach.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.
Look out for a new blog post from our Research Team on Data Security and how EDI protect respondents and the data we collect.