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Leave no one behind: Quantification and Mapping of SDG Indicators that identify the most vulnerable in today's Society

Developing country government agencies are scrambling to develop and implement routines to meet their obligations in measuring indicators for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Many of these goals attempt to address the position of the poor and vulnerable, and many of the indicators can, sometimes even must, be studied and quantified spatially.

The country’s professionals need to understand how the indicators are defined, how data can be collected to assess them, and how to produce information on them that supports policy-makers in the pursuit of improving the indicator scores. In many cases, maps and associated tables can tell the immediate story and are the best candidate to do so.  Course attendants will learn how to make such information products, including, but not exclusively, maps. Generally, the course will provide a quality boost in professional data practice. The hands-on training (and supported lectures) will equip the participants with methods that are adoptable in their organization and that allow introduction to management and staff. Our choice of SDG indicators will be such that work on other indicators can follow similar routines, that is, the course attendants will understand examples also as templates to follow.

Target group

The course will serve any professional involved in information product preparation of geospatially explicit evidence. Participants are expected to be fairly computer-literate and have working experience with at least two technologies out of: GIS, databases, and spreadsheets. Knowledge of computer coding (of any type) will be helpful.  Participants are also expected to demonstrate their professional interest in the domain of national planning, public services and accessibility, and/or national statistics, censusing and mapping. 

What will be achieved?

Upon completion of the course, the participant:

  • understands the need of translating a formulated “problem, wish or idea” into a functional requirements analysis;
  • has an overview of data providers, their data sources and services;
  • understands a number of relevant SDG indicators and can conceptualize how these can be measured;
  • is able to assess data on quality and usability for the purpose at hand;
  • can create a data repository to hold such and add data to it;
  • can curate and query data and perform analyses;
  • can properly visualize data for use in a webmap application;
  • can design and create webmap applications.

Course content

The course has four main modules:

Identification module: defines the problem (accessibility of facilities to citizens and the metrics to be derived) in detail, formulates the expected result (web map application plus supporting statistics) which is the basis for the identification of required data (to solve the problem) as well as the framework for the design and creation of the final products. An overview of the SDG indicators and relevance for the theme is required background for a precise formulation of the problem. We discuss population data and models.

Data module: the result of the first module is used to list the data requirements for the project. Find local data and find data online (open source and web services). An important element is the assessment of data usability and quality, based on described requirements. Collect the data into a purposefully designed data repository, curate the data and execute selection and analysis over it.

Visualization module: good communication requires basic knowledge of human interaction (web application and interface design) and visualization principles (map design for web maps).

Dissemination module: basic knowledge of the internet and web, used frameworks and scripting languages is essential for sharing the final results of the analysis through a web map application, such that the intended audience can get access to the information. Ensure the products are digestible by targeted users.

Profile of ITC counterpart(s) 

The National Land Survey of Bhutan (NLC)

In Bhutan, The National Land Commission Secretariat (NLCS) was instituted on 15th August 2007 as per the federal  Land Act 2007. The National Land Commission (NLCS) is the apex body for land administration, management, surveying and mapping in Bhutan.

The NLCS is a dynamic professional organization that delivers excellent land governance services and provides reliable land information for the nation’s wellbeing.

The mission of the NLCS is to:

  • manage, regulate and administer the ownership and use of land;
  • guarantee the security of land tenure and to
  • ensure easy access to reliable land data and information.

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The Royal University of Bhutan

The Royal University of Bhutan was launched on 2nd June 2003 to provide tertiary education in Bhutan. The Royal Charter and the Statutes provide the legal instruments for the University.

The overall rationale of the University as set out in the Royal Charter and Statutes is the "dissemination of knowledge and the advancement of learning through a balanced, well-regulated and sound tertiary education system for the economic and cultural development of the Kingdom of Bhutan and to promote the cultural enrichment, personal development and well-being of our people." 

The specific objectives of the University are:

  • to develop and provide programmes of study at tertiary education level, of relevance and good quality which will fulfill the needs of the country for an educated and skilled population, and
  • to promote and conduct research, to contribute to the creation of knowledge in an international context and to promote the transfer of knowledge of relevance to Bhutan.

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Starting date and location

The refresher course will be held at National Land Survey of Bhutan from 28 October – 8 November 2019

Admission requirements

Applicants should preferably be NFP/OKP/NICHE alumni, having completed a relevant Nuffic-funded training or education course at least two years prior to the planned starting date of the refresher course and should not have attended a refresher course in the last 2 years. General requirements are proficiency in the English language as well as basic skills in GIS.

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • are alumni of all NFP courses ITC Master and MSc courses (intake before 2017)
  • are from one of the following countries: Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Lao DPR, Thailand, Bangladesh
  • have followed not more than one other Nuffic-funded Refresher course, and this needs to have been more than two years ago
  • do not work for a multinational company 

Selection of course participants

We strive for a well-balanced composition, taking previous education, professional background, country of origin, and gender into consideration. Applicants will be ranked according to their type of employment, and their technical and English qualifications. Only complete and eligible applications submitted on the ITC application form will be considered.

Financial matters

Twenty places are available for this course, with a matching number of NFP fellowships for eligible candidates. These fellowships cover costs related to travelling, accommodation, insurance, excursions and course fees.

Application and application deadline

Candidates should complete the online application form and submit it to ITC’s Student Registration Office before 28 August 2019

For more information

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Attn: Student Registration Office
PO Box 217
7500 AE  Enschede
The Netherlands

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