In collaboration with PARIS21 and the African Development Bank, UNECA organised a Forum on African Statistical Development (FASDEV) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 12-13 May 2004. This was the first time that all partners supporting statistical development in Africa had a chance to share information and envision a real collaboration mechanism to support African countries’ statistical development. The meeting was well attended: 22 organisations (international, regional, sub-regional, and bilateral) participated and made presentations on their activities to support statistical development in Africa. There was overall support (i) to establish FASDEV as a permanent mechanism to encourage partner collaboration, (ii) to contribute to annual reports on activities related to statistical development, and (iii) to develop a common strategic framework for the statistical development of Africa. A second FASDEV meeting is scheduled for early 2005.

The FASDEV meeting was a success and a starting point of a deeper collaboration among donors where information exchange will be the first step. PARIS21 will fully support UNECA in organising FASDEV meetings and envisages replicating this event in other regions.

Documents from the meeting can be found on the UNECA site at the following address: http://www.uneca.org/statistics/fasdev2004docs.htm