Measuring progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 16

A workshop on data needs and resources in Nepal

The Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu hosted a workshop 23-24 May 2017 on how to measure progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16). Participants from government institutions, civil society, private sector, and development partners took part. The U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre facilitated the workshop.

Nepal is one of 193 countries who in 2015 committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Countries have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review of the progress made in implementing the 17 Goals, which will require quality, accessible and timely data collection.

SDG 16 concerns peace, justice and strong institutions. It encompasses target 16.5; to substantially reduce bribery in all its forms. Country specific indicators on governance and anti-corruption is needed to meaningfully monitor progress towards this goal. There is a substantial amount of governance and anti-corruption data being generated in Nepal. However, there is a need to strengthen the quality, dissemination and use of data to achieve better results.  

The objectives of the workshop were to reach:

  • Common understanding of the necessity and benefits of monitoring progress of implementation of anti-corruption policy.
  • Awareness of existing and potential further sources and mechanisms in Nepal to monitor progress in governance and anti-corruption
  • Strengthened collaboration between stakeholders on Nepal-specific data and indicators on governance and anti-corruption in the context of implementing SDG 16.

The workshop provided an informal arena for open discussion and exchange of ideas between governmental agencies, civil society, private sector, and development partners. All these stakeholders have important roles to play in the process of measuring Nepal’s progress towards SDG 16.

The National Planning Commission (NPC) took part in the preparations for the workshop. NPC has a key role in monitoring the progress of SDGs in Nepal. Representatives from Good Governance and Monitoring Committee of the Parliament, Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) and NPC gave opening remarks.

The agenda included sessions on i.e. tools for measurement of governance and anti-corruption, status of the current data needs and resources in Nepal, as well as national and international examples of data usage. Through interactive group work the participants identified relevant indicators for the Nepali context, and discussed how to measure them.

In his closing remarks, the Norwegian Ambassador Kjell Tormod Pettersen said that he hoped the workshop would pave the way for strengthening the collaboration between different stakeholders in Nepal to measure the progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 16.

Nepal will undergo the second review cycle of its implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption in 2017. One of the chapters that will be assessed is Chapter II on preventive measures. 

Find the full report from the workshop here.

The U4 is based in Bergen, Norway. It offers in-country workshops tailored to the national context. The previous U4 workshop in Nepal was held in 2014, hosted by the Norwegian Embassy, with the theme ‘Anti-corruption approaches for natural resource management and illicit financial flows’.

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