"Strengthening Capacities for Measuring and Monitoring Poverty"

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics celebrated the African Statistics Day with a full week of events leading up to Sunday the 18 November. As part of the celebrations UBOS hosted and organised a workshop for PARIS21 and neighbouring countries in East Africa and the Great Horn. Participants from Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda attended the meeting, which was opened by the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, the Hon. Gerald Ssendaula.

The meeting resolved to set up a Regional Steering Committee for PARIS21. Each country will nominate a user and a producer of statistics to the Committee. The Ugandan Bureau of Statistics will form the Secretariat. PARIS21 offered to host a section of its web site for use by the Regional Committee, this would be used to share information, papers and ideas between the member countries.

The main themes of the meeting were:

  • The need to gain commitment from governments for statistics, by better advocacy. The products of the Advocacy Task Team need to be adapted for individual country use.
  • More training in the region for those processing, analysing and disseminating statistics.
  • More sharing of personnel in the region in the form of secondments and study tours, to widen knowledge and experience sharing. The opportunity to share experience at the workshop was highly valued.
  • Assistance from PARIS21 in co-ordinating donor activities within countries. There was particular concern that donor sponsored surveys duplicated subject matter and questions, resulting in inefficient resource allocation.
  • More co-ordination was required in the statistical service, between sector ministries and the statistical offices.
  • Countries supported the development of sequenced information strategies, with clear priorities. The strategy should have the full agreement of donors and policy makers to improve coherence. PARIS21 was asked to assist in the development of a programme of workshops in order to develop strategies and links between policy-makers and statisticians.
  • The need for national and regional database development was noted.
  • Regional follow-up meetings were requested.

Meeting Report