August 21, 2018 – Dr Celia Reyes, PEP Research Director for the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS), presented the uses of the CBMS at the 2018 ASEAN-China-UNDP Symposium on Localising the SDGs and Realising Poverty Eradication. As a panellist for a roundtable session on Data Prioritization and Tracking, she discussed ways that countries can use the CBMS together with national statistical systems and local governance to work towards meeting the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The roundtable discussion aimed to raise awareness of data and statistical management issues, particularly relating to the challenges of identifying “left behind” populations. Conversations underlined the complexity of the SDG agenda in aiming to go beyond the identification of those at risk of being left behind to understanding the causes of this vulnerability.
Dr Reyes highlighted the need for disaggregated data, particularly for local planning and prioritization as a key strategy to achieve the core SDG goal of leaving no one behind. She explained how implementing the CBMS complements national programs by filling in data gaps at the local level and empowering communities. The disaggregated data that the CBMS generates is ideal for multi-dimensional poverty analysis and for identifying specific areas of deprivation that need priority action. Dr Reyes explained that CBMS can also be used for local government assessments, particularly in terms of service delivery quality.
The ASEAN-China-UNDP Symposium on Localising the SDGs and Realising Poverty Eradication was a two-day policy forum held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on August 20 and 21, 2018. Attracting over 200 delegates, including heads of national and local government agencies and development partners, the event was part of the ASEAN initiative to promote SDG implementation in ASEAN member states, linked to the ASEAN Vision 2025. The symposium aimed to develop ways to mainstream the SDGs at regional and sub-national levels.