Kenya is making solid investments in education, however its policy making requires a huge amount of complex data across a range of indicators – including social and household data, which the National Statistics Office (NSO) does not have the capacity to produce. Through a recent initiative supported by PARIS21, GIZ, GPSDD and the Government of Flanders, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and civil society organisations in Kenya have come together to use the detailed, insightful data produced by CSOs along with the robust quality standards of the NSO. In 2022, for the first time, education data from a CSO organisation was used in official reporting.
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Citizen-generate data in official statistics in Kenya
A barrier for low- and middle-income countries to build the statistical infrastructure for sustainable development for all is the need for more resources for their national statistical systems (NSSs). This requires both the mobilisation of additional domestic resources and a smarter approach to external aid that enables existing and new resources to go further. PARIS21 champions greater and smarter resource mobilisation for data and statistics to support evidence-based, inclusive sustainable development.
Smarter Financing for Development Data
The global downturn induced by the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed and even reversed progress towards the SDGs in many areas, with vulnerable and socially disadvantaged people particularly affected. Targeted policy measures to ensure that no one is left behind require accurate, timely and disaggregated data. Although the 2030 Agenda calls for a data-driven approach to sustainable development, many international organisations and countries recognise that persistent data gaps are a major hurdle, particularly when it comes to the most disadvantaged groups. The PARIS21 Statistical Capacity Monitor features around 100 indicators that can help countries and organisations to quickly and easily analyse their statistical capacity and effectively allocate funds where they are most needed.