PARIS21 and AFRISTAT organised a regional workshop in Dakar, Senegal that gathered heads of national statistical offices and national aid coordinators from 10 African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, and Senegal). Representatives from Canada, UNDP and UNFPA also participated in the workshop. This was the first time that these institutions were brought together at the regional level.

Participants used the opportunity to agree on a series of recommendations, including the update of national strategies for the development of statistics (NSDSs) for the Sustainable Development Goals, the creation of specific donor-government coordination groups on statistics and M&E, the regular collection of data on the funding of national statistical systems (see CRESS) and country-level efforts to include statistics in donor round table processes and NSDSs in national development plans.

PARIS21 and AFRISTAT will also help countries identify new sources of funding to support the improvement of statistics and data that support SDG implementation.

Agenda, concept note, presentations and photos of the event are available here (in French).

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