Latin America and the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago

Integrated Policy

Better Statistics via SDG Data

In Trinidad and Tobago, the lack of disaggregated data for SDG indicators presents a serious challenge. The JP supports implementation of TTO’s National Development Strategy, which includes the creation of a comprehensive, coordinated NSS that delivers quality, user-oriented, and timely economic, social and environmental statistics; and the UN Development Assistance Framework in the Caribbean, which compels the UNCT to support the Government by providing, and convening and coordinating coalitions for, the quality, disaggregated data and statistics needed to accelerate SDG implementation. The JP builds on progress made by the Government in drafting legislation to reform the NSS, and coincides with major national surveys (e.g., the National Population and Housing Census) that allow statistical skills and infrastructure to be built in line with real-world needs. The programme will be transformational and deliver results at scale by activating policy levers, and employing an integrated, cross-sectoral approach, that will lead to the data and statistics that themselves lead to additional or better policies, more and deeper cross-sectoral participatory approaches, and cascades of change that go beyond one-off policy support to unleash rapid and sustained progress across the SDGs. Data and statistics are also inputs for SDG financing systems, which will help improve access to financing resources.


The proposed Joint Programme (JP) will address this discrepancy by enhancing disaggregated data development for the SDGs in a way that also modernises and empowers the national statistical system (NSS). By raising the profile of statistics in TTO, and improving the quantity, quality and pace of provision of disaggregated SDG data, the JP will make the creation and integration of SDG-related policies more evidenced-based; improve monitoring of TTO’s progress on the SDGs, particularly regarding gender equality and Leaving No One Behind; enhance collaboration between stakeholders, who will better understand their roles and interrelatedness in sustainable development; and facilitate building of an SDG financing architecture that aids mobilisation and efficient allocation of public, private and donor resources toward the Goals.

Indirect Influence

Women, Children, Girls, Youth, Persons with disabilities, Older persons, Minorities (incl. ethnic, religious, linguistic), Indigenous peoples, Rural workers, Human rights defenders (incl. NGOs, journalists, union leaders, whistle-blowers), Migrants, Refugees & asylum seekers, Stateless persons, LGBTI persons (sexual orientation and gender identity), Persons of African Descent (when understood as separate from minorities), Unemployed persons, Persons living in poverty, Persons experiencing homelessness, Persons excluded from formal economic structures (banking, access to credit & finance).

Quick facts

Total budget:
US $721,400

Total Funding:
US $721,400

UN Agencies:


National Partners:

Ministry of Planning and Development, Central Statistical Office, and the Office of the Prime Minister

January, 2022 to December, 2023 (24 months)