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  • Webinar
  • 20 October 2020

Data to leave no one behind in the context of Covid-19: Practical steps from Benin and beyond

In this 2020 Virtual UN World Data Forum session a panel of experts shared new and innovative ways to produce and use data to respond to Covid-19 and reduce its impact on the poorest and most vulnerable people.

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on countries around the world. The crisis poses a huge risk to progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, exposing inequalities and exacerbating vulnerabilities within and among countries. As with other crises, the people who are most vulnerable and have the least resilience are being hit hardest, whether from the immediate health pandemic, from resulting lockdown measures or from its longer-term socio-economic consequences.

Governments are facing common challenges of establishing effective health measures while at the same time putting in place economic support and financing to respond to the crisis. The need for timely and disaggregated data to support the development and targeting of effective policies to leave no one behind and to monitor progress and impact has never been greater.

This session, organised by Development Initiatives and Benin’s Ministry of Planning and Development as part of the 2020 Virtual UN World Data Forum, brings together a group of experts with a range of perspectives and experiences of using data to ensure no one is left behind. Panellists and participants share and explore, in detail, practical approaches to mobilising data and supporting the most vulnerable populations during the pandemic and beyond.


  • Moderator Dr Haishan Fu, Director, Development Data Group, World Bank Group
  • Magloire Aguessy, Director General of the Ministry of Planning and Development, Benin
  • Laurent Hounsa, Director General of the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Analysis, Benin
  • Harpinder Collacott, Executive Director, Development Initiatives
  • Dr Chris Ndatira Mukiza, Executive Director, Uganda Bureau of Statistics
  • Karen Mihorean, Director General of Social Data Insights, Integration and Innovation, Statistics Canada
  • Professor Oliver Hümbelin, Professor of Social Policy, Bern University of Applied Sciences
  • Oliver Chinganya, Director of the African Centre for Statistics at the UN Economic Commission for Africa