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TitleExploration of Best-Practice Schemes in the Financing of National Statistical Agencies in Regions from which African Countries can draw beneficial lessons
SubjectStatistical Management
Date of Publication2006
Number of Pages39 pages
Geographical CoverageAfrica
KeywordsStatistics, National Statistical Agencies, Statistical Systems, Statistical Information
AbstractPoverty alleviation is at the forefront of the global development agenda. However, in its quest for sustainable development, Africa is lagging behind the rest of the world, with increasing numbers of poor people, a lack of schools, and inadequate access to water and basic health care. As a result, there is an increased demand for quality statistics to evaluate and monitor progress towards internationally and nationally agreed development agendas: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) he Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRSs) and ongoing programmes, such as NEPAD. Information is the basis of knowledge and therefore enhances wisdom in taking appropriate actions and correct decisions on issues of development and human progress. Sound and transparent statistics are essential for evidence-based policy-making. This implies that decision-makers have the capacity to identify those in need and to direct investments in infrastructure and services where they could have the greatest impact. It is now recognized internationally that better statistics are an essential part of an enabling environment for development. Better statistics do lead to better policies and development outcomes. However, in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, National Statistical Systems (NSSs) are trapped in a vicious cycle of statistical under-development where limited statistical awareness and limited appreciation of statistics by policy and decision-makers at different levels and across society has led to sustained under-funding for statistics.
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