UNDP asked Ghanaian journalists to campaign for data integration into SDG policies.

The permanent representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Ghana, Angela Lusigi, called on journalists to use their platforms to advocate for data-driven policies to position Ghana on the path to sustainable development.

Dr. Angela Luciji emphasized the important role of the media in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and called on the media to stand up and bring about more social and development change through evidence-based reporting.

"As we approach the SDG 2030 deadline, you must do your part to help us turn complex data into relevant results through evidence-based storytelling for the benefit of our employees," he added.

He called for the graduation ceremony of the first group of the first storytelling certification course for journalists at the Institute of Journalism in Ghana (GIJ).

This course, an initiative of UNDP in collaboration with the Ghana Statistical Office (GSS) and the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), aims to equip journalists with the skills necessary to correctly interpret and report statistics in order to have a greater influence on politics. action.

This is intended to strengthen the work of the media to ensure that public policies and interventions are data driven and applied to development.

GIJ Chancellor, Prof. Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, advised that graduates can use the knowledge gained to transform journalism and make it more influential.

"The role of the media in driving development cannot be emphasized enough, and now this training will allow you to use data-driven stories to have a greater impact on development efforts," said Prof. Kwansah-Aidoo.

Deputy government statistician Dr. Faustina Frempong-Aingua stressed the importance of data in development planning and urged journalists to become active partners in disseminating data in a more influential way.

“Data will be of no use to our people if it is not properly interpreted and used by politicians and the public to bring about change. Now this training has given you the skills you need to use your stories to create the change we all want,” he said.

40 journalists took part in the three-month course.

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