Fragile states lagged in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) reporting for all 8 objectives. On average, fragile states trailed behind non-fragile states by 18%. These countries face specific challenges related to not only the insufficient production of general data but also the inexistence of specific data relevant to their own challenges. National statistical systems (NSS) in fragile states often suffer from the brain drain of officials, lack of training, inadequate facilities and equipment and difficulty in safely accessing some geographic areas.
The new PARIS21 strategy paper, "Statistical Capacity Building in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States", focuses on defining the specific nature of fragile and conflict-affected states and situations and describing how statistical capacity building can help address the drivers of fragility. It also looks at PARIS21’s past activities in and with states affected by conflict and fragility, and explains the strategic approach PARIS21 will take towards statistical capacity building in these countries over the 2016 – 2020 period.
Click below to access the fragile states paper and infographic.
PARIS21 recently talked with Ahmed Muhumad, Advisor to Somalia's Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC) on statistical affairs and Jeanine Niyukuri from the Institut de Statistiques et d'Etudes Economiques du Burundi (ISTEEBU). They discuss the challenges fragile states face in statistical capacity and some recent successes. Listen to their interviews below: