The 10th Africa Symposia on Statistical Development (ASSD) took place in Kampala, Uganda. 'A Decade of Statistical Development: Revolutionising Censuses and Civil Registration and Vital Statistics towards Africa Agenda 2063' was the theme of this year's symposia opened by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.
One of the outcomes of this meeting was a call for countries to integrate Civil Registration and Vital Statistics into the NSDS process and advocate for funding holistically. Moreover, development partners were also encourged to gear-up support to fragile states to develop NSDSs. 'The major challenge for CRVS is political will across African nations' remarked Carlos Muleya from ISIbalo Young African Statistician Association who participated in the symposium as a Zambian delegate and presented a case study.
Most African countries (around 93%) conducted their 2010 rounds of Population and Housing Censuses and are preparing for the 2020 round. Furthermore, a good number of them also managed to assess Civil Registration and Vital Statistics following the resolutions made at the 9th ASSD. The statistical community in Africa offer technical and financial assistance particularly to the countries that have not conducted censuses in the past, Carlos reported following his participation in the symposium. Carlos is a member of the Young African Statisticians (YAS) a capacity building programme for young professionals and students aged below 35years. 'It was a good platform in my profession development to learn on how decisions can be made better with good statistics as numbers speak louder and clearer'. The programme is built on the premise of promoting lifelong learning 'it creates a platform for us YAS to explore, utilize our skills and learn new ones in the process' .