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www.iwmi.org
A water-secure world
www.iwmi.org
A water-secure world
Overview
• Our purpose and agenda
• Background
– How do these relate to agricultural wat...
www.iwmi.org
A water-secure world
Purpose and agenda
• Purpose: To assess and respond to the global (and local) challenge ...
www.iwmi.org
A water-secure world
www.iwmi.org
A water-secure world
Background
• 17 SDGs
– SDGs 1 (end poverty in all its forms) 2 (end
hunder, achieve food...
www.iwmi.org
A water-secure world
A proposition
Gender, Water
and Agriculture
– A Global
report
1. Establish a system for ...
www.iwmi.org
A water-secure world
An example?
• “Launched in 1980, The State of
the World’s Children is the most
comprehen...
www.iwmi.org
A water-secure world
Four Basin Gender Profiles
• 4BGP aims to provide evidence
base for analysis of gender
d...
www.iwmi.org
A water-secure world
Key questions
• What purpose would be served?
• What indicators might be included?
• How...
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Gender, Agricultural Water and 'Big Data' - Practical Steps and Forward Thinking under the SDGs

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Presented by IWMI's Alan Nicol at a meeting on '“Gender, Agricultural Water and ‘Big Data’: Practical steps and forwards thinking under the SDGs” held in Sri Lanka, on October 12, 2015.

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Gender, Agricultural Water and 'Big Data' - Practical Steps and Forward Thinking under the SDGs

  1. 1. Photo:DavidBrazier/IWMI www.iwmi.org A water-secure world
  2. 2. www.iwmi.org A water-secure world Overview • Our purpose and agenda • Background – How do these relate to agricultural water, gender and ‘big data’ • A proposition and example – Who, what, when and how? • 4BGP
  3. 3. www.iwmi.org A water-secure world Purpose and agenda • Purpose: To assess and respond to the global (and local) challenge of data, gender equality and agricultural water development as the global community moves forward with implementation of the SDGs. • Core questions: What can the water, gender and agriculture communities do better through data management and use to track progress in achieving water, food security and gender targets? How can ‘big data’ (and ‘smart data’) be utilized more effectively? What potential role is there for the development of a single global report on gender and water in agriculture to assist in measuring progress in this vital area? • How can we develop and use large data sets to address more effectively issues of gender and development in water resources management and use (with a strong focus on water use in agriculture)?; and • What existing and new platforms, networks and processes – including global reporting – are needed to take the agenda forward and support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals?
  4. 4. www.iwmi.org A water-secure world
  5. 5. www.iwmi.org A water-secure world Background • 17 SDGs – SDGs 1 (end poverty in all its forms) 2 (end hunder, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture) 5 (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) 6 (ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all) • Key linkages: But do we know enough? • What is ‘big data’? – “Big data is being generated by everything around us at all times. Every digital process and social media exchange produces it. Systems, sensors and mobile devices transmit it. Big data is arriving from multiple sources at an alarming velocity, volume and variety. To extract meaningful value from big data, you need optimal processing” (IBM) – ‘very large data sets that can reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions’, as well as potential ways of employing ‘crowd-sourcing’ to support innovation and grassroots influencing.
  6. 6. www.iwmi.org A water-secure world A proposition Gender, Water and Agriculture – A Global report 1. Establish a system for gathering, collating and synthesizing existing data on gender, water and agriculture 2. Present the information in simple and visually accessible manner (dashboard approach) 3. Repeat exercize and report back to a global audience on a two-yearly cycle, with a specific focal theme per report (e.g. land and water; ecosystems; markets; youth and migration, etc)
  7. 7. www.iwmi.org A water-secure world An example? • “Launched in 1980, The State of the World’s Children is the most comprehensive analysis of global trends affecting children. Each year the report examines a key issue for children and presents in an accessible format up-to-date economic and social statistics on the countries and territories of the world, with particular reference to children’s well-being. In keeping with UNICEF’s broader mandate, The State of the World’s Children has become not only a major reference source of information on children worldwide, but also a leading advocacy tool for those working to realize children’s rights”.
  8. 8. www.iwmi.org A water-secure world Four Basin Gender Profiles • 4BGP aims to provide evidence base for analysis of gender disparities and implications • Open-source, sex-disaggregated and gender-related development data • Policy makers and basin authorities, researchers and civil society groups • Identification of new gender- related R4D in each basin • http://wle.cgiar.org/genderbasinm aps/
  9. 9. www.iwmi.org A water-secure world Key questions • What purpose would be served? • What indicators might be included? • How might data be acquired? • Crowd-sourcing? • Big data, big crunching… • What ‘big leaps’ are possible?

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