Report of The Network Meeting of National Statistical Offices: Leaving No Child Behind

Background

The Transformative Monitoring for Enhanced Equity (TransMonEE) Database captures a vast range of data relevant to social and economic issues relevant to the situation and wellbeing of children, young people and women in countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The database is updated every year, thanks to the collaboration of National Statistical Offices (NSOs).

NSOs that are part of the TransMonEE regularly come together in network meetings with the aim of strengthening collaboration and enhancing the quality and usefulness of national data on key indicators of child wellbeing.

The primary purpose of the 2016 meeting was to enhance the quality of national data on key indicators of children’s well-being - in the spirit of the inclusive 2030 SDG agenda - with particular reference to the situation of children in alternative care. Specifically, objectives were to:

  • Provide updates on SDG indicators, discuss implications for the child rights monitoring agenda in Europe and Central Asia and the importance of disaggregation and counting all children;
  • Allow for sharing of the main findings of the review of data systems on children in alternative care based on the 2014 TransMonEE country analytical reports; 
  • Review the key trends in the data on children in alternative care in the region, and identify main difficulties in defining key aspects of alternative care and main weakness in current data systems;
  • Share country-level promising practices and lessons learned in efforts to ensure data quality, and to establish inter-ministerial cooperation and use of data in alternative care, using the SDGs as an opportunity to strengthen data systems on child rights monitoring;
  • Agree on plans for future directions and the continuous improvement of data on children in alternative care to better inform inclusive policies of governments in the region, and to contribute to implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The following Ministries responsible for children in alternative care and National Statistical Offices of the following countries and territories were represented at the meeting: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (UNSCR 1244), Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Montenegro, Romania, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Representatives of Interstate Statistical Committee of Commonwealth of Independent States, Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS), the Better Care Network, Inter Agency Expert Group for the SDG Indicators, and Taskforce on the SDG Roadmap also attended the meeting.

All documents and materials can be found on the TransMonEE website by clicking here