PARIS21 focuses its efforts on encouraging and assisting all low-income and lower middle income countries to design, implement, and monitor National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) and to have nationally owned and produced data for all MDG indicators. Countries need to have an overall vision of the development of their national statistical system which will include the national, regional, and international needs; be part of the country development and poverty reduction policy; serve as a framework for international and bilateral assistance; include all parts of the data production units and address the issues related to the analysis and use of data; follow the international standards including quality; and build on all past and existing activities and experiences.

An NSDS is expected to provide a country with a strategy for developing statistical capacity across the entire national statistical system (NSS). The NSDS will provide a vision for where the NSS should be in five to ten years and will set milestones for getting there. It will present a comprehensive and unified framework for continual assessment of evolving user needs and priorities for statistics and for building the capacity needed to meet these needs in a more coordinated, synergistic and efficient manner. It will also provide a framework for mobilising, harnessing, and leveraging resources (both national and international) and a basis for effective and results-oriented strategic management of the NSS.

To consult national NSDS, browse the Knowledge Base.

To view information on rolling out the NSDS approach in countries and regions, click on the Where We Work tab.

Check out PARIS21 booklets on NSDS guidance:

NSDS 2.0 In A Nutshell

Available in English and French

NSDS Approach In A Nutshell

Available in English, French, and Spanish

The RSDS Approach In A Nutshell

Available in English and Spanish

Success stories in the field of NSDS and RSDS

Central American countries join forces for a regional statistical strategy

In November 2012, the Central America Statistical Commission (CENTROESTAD) of the System of Integration of Central America (SICA) has embarked on a Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS) process to prepare an Action plan that will, eventually, meet the requirements of regional integration policies.

BENIN: Launch of the Second NSDS

During a workshop held in Cotonou, Benin, from 2 to 4 October 2012, users and producers of statistics gathered together to review and assess the progress of the country’s NSDS (2008-2011). Participants also discussed guiding principles for the next NSDS, planned for 2015.

Viet Nam: A Light Touch with a Heavy Impact

PARIS21’s success in promoting National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) manifests itself most clearly when a country approaches the Secretariat for guidance on a process that they have launched and led themselves. Such was the case in Viet Nam.


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