Data Lessons emerging from Lebanon:
- Data can drive strategic and disruptive change in a crisis context. The Lebanese experience demonstrates how humanitarian agencies can play a support role in collecting and mediating the handover of useful data to public institutions
- Accurate, disaggregated, local data is key to identifying evidence-based approaches that respond to local needs and context. SDG indicators are often aggregated to the nation level or divided according to rural and urban areas. Although data was not disaggregated to the city level in Lebanon, data was collected on water services in refugee settlements. Huge disparities exist between the quality of water available in permanent settlements and refugee settlements, illustrating the value in localised data.
- SDG 6 indicators have the scope to provide us with more detailed information on water services, but there is still a long way to go. Having SDG data on water quality reveals some of the challenges facing the Lebanese water sector, particularly in terms of wastewater treatment. However, the JMP is still some way off having a useful indicator on the affordability of water services, for example.