Gender Data and US Government Agencies
A number of recent initiatives seek to improve the availability, accessibility and use of data collected and reported by all US Government (USG) agencies involved in foreign assistance work. Platforms include the multi-stakeholder International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), a registry of accessible, comparable, and timely information on aid flows, and the USG’s Foreign Assistance Dashboard, a website that tracks USG foreign assistance investments in an accessible and easy-to-understand format. There is a desire among many actors involved for relevant data in these platforms to be sex-disaggregated, for gender to inform results reporting, and for robust gender standards which enable comparative analysis of program outcomes.
Why it matters
Data cannot be used unless it can be easily and fairly accessed. Open data boosts transparency, increases coordination, and improves policy effectiveness. Open, sex-disaggregated data on foreign assistance flows can help ensure that development assistance is gender-informed, and open sex-disaggregated data on foreign aid results can help monitor whether policy and programs are reaching women and girls as intended. Open foreign aid data can both inform policy decision-making and ensure accountability.
Partnering with Data2X
Data2X is partnering with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to improve the availability, transparency, accessibility, and use of gender results data.
The MCC partnership has three prongs: opening all available MCC gender data; recommending ways to better integrate sex-disaggregated data into IATI reporting standards; and sponsoring a gender data challenge to incentivize demand for and use of gender data at the country level. TechMousso, the first ever gender data challenge, took place in Cote d’Ivoire in July 2016 and brought together representatives from government, the tech industry, and civil society to create innovative solutions for local gender data issues.
The partnership with PEPFAR supports the release of sex- and age-disaggregated data. These data are critical to ensure its programs are reaching those most in need, including adolescent girls and young women, who in some countries are up to five times more likely to have HIV than their male peers.