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Ongoing international projects

Statistics Sweden contributes with knowledge and experience to support the development of statistics in low and middle income countries. Here is a description of a number of the projects that we are engaged in around the world.

Albania

Statistics Sweden has been cooperating with the Albanian statistical institute (INSTAT) since 2001, and the project is planned to end in 2020. The objective is to create a sustainable statistical system in Albania, in which INSTAT can themselves build internal and external institutional capacity and produce statistics that are user-friendly and used by key stakeholders.

Recent results include the development of a framework with indicators that will be used to follow up performance over time. A database has also been created which combines administrative data from different sources. It will be used for quality review and non-response compensation in sample surveys.

During 2019, a new HR system was implemented at INSTAT. Cooperation and transparency in the organisation have also been improved thanks to INSTAT now having an intranet. The project has also provided support to enable staff to communicate statistics, both at the scientific level as well as to non-professional statistics users.

Kenya

Statistics Sweden has cooperated with Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) since 2015. The objective is to improve the institutional capacity at KNBS and the national statistical system in Kenya in order to produce relevant, reliable and timely statistics in accordance with international standards.

Gender equality issues in Kenya have been highlighted through the project’s support by disseminating gender statistics nationally together with UN Women. Environmental statistics have also been improved and are now produced according to the UN’s environmental statistics guidelines.

Capacity for monitoring Kenya’s economy has been strengthened with the help of improved price statistics and an updated business register that enables more comprehensive statistics on the private sector.

In 2019, the work of the project on strengthening economic statistics in Kenya has continued, primarily through support in rebasing the National Accounts. In connection with this, KNBS’ capacity to manage the IT system used for National Accounts has been reinforced, and they can now use the system with minimal external support. In the field of IT, the project has also supported the construction of a new data centre, enhanced data security for the population and housing census which carried out in August 2019, and a new system for the National Accounts.

Mali

The cooperation between Statistics Sweden and Mali's statistical institute (INSTAT) was restarted in 2016. It aims to improve the quality, availability and analysis of statistical information in accordance with user needs.

The project has contributed to the implementation of an improved and more inclusive annual planning and follow-up cycle to allow for effective statistical planning processes. Additionally, the capacity to conduct household surveys independently has increased at INSTAT. Statistics from the waste sector have also been developed, and training in calculating emissions to air according to international standards has been conducted.

During 2019, IT staff have been trained in database management and maintenance. Further, a communication strategy has been implemented, publishing processes for the statistics have been adopted and a user study for the internal communication has been completed.

Somalia

The cooperation with Somali statistical authorities, that is the Directorate of Statistics of the Federal Government of Somalia, the Statistical Department in Somaliland, and the Statistical Department in Puntland, has been ongoing since 2015. The objective is to strengthen the statistical capacity in order to facilitate decision-makers understanding of, and increasing their awareness and confidence in, statistical data.

For security reasons, all activities are held outside Somalia, in the neighbouring countries.

Examples of results achieved are that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is now published regularly with considerably improved quality. Another achievement is that two publications on gender statistics have been published, one for Somaliland and one for Puntland.

During 2019 Statistics Sweden, the Somali statistical agencies, the World Bank and IMF decided on a harmonised Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Cambodia

Statistics Sweden has cooperated with NIS (National Institute of Statistics) in Cambodia for over ten years. The objective is to improve the quality of national statistics as a basis for the government’s budget and economic decisions.

One of the most important results achieved during the past years is that the extensive household survey has now been carried out several times. NIS has also started producing national accounts based on international standards.

Examples of important results during 2019 are that users and stakeholders have gained a better understanding of the national accounts after several stakeholder meetings and training sessions. A time series for national accounts has also been developed to enable following Cambodia’s progression over time according to the new calculations.

Additionally, a methodology group has been set up at NIS to better support the rest of the organization, and a publishing team has been established to improve dissemination of statistics to users. In connection with the population census, Statistics Sweden has supported NIS with IT systems and tools for processing data.

Guatemala

The project with Instituto Nacional de Estadistica (INE), the national institute of statistics in Guatemala, has been running since 2016. The objective is to increase dissemination of statistics, enhance coordination of the statistical system and to increase reliability in the statistics that are produced.

One important achievement for the project is that INE now has a unit that is responsible for coordinating the national statistical system. INE also has a communication strategy for both internal and external communication, as well as of accessibility of statistics.

In 2019, INE’s statistical methodology skills have been improved by training programmes in both basic statistical theory and sampling theory. As part of improving INE’s internal communication, the project has supported the initial development of an intranet.

 

International Training Programme (ITP) in Gender Statistics

International Training Programme (ITP) in Gender Statistics aims at increasing gender equality between women and men using statistics as a tool. The programme uses a mixture of training, study visits and mentorship to support participants in developing their capacity in statistics in order to use them in their work to improve the situation of women and men.

In 2019, the third programme cycle was concluded with participants from Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Palestine and Bangladesh and the fourth programme cycle was started with participants from Cambodia, Myanmar, Zambia, Ethiopia and Liberia.

During the year, the participating countries have increased dissemination, availability and use of gender statistics in their respective countries. This has been achieved by preparing and communicated digital and printed materials on gender statistics, or on how statistics can be used in organisations for advocacy work on improved gender equality. Seminars and launch events have enabled debate and discussions between key strategic organisations for gender equality efforts within the agency sphere, civil society and academia.

Regional project for the Western Balkans

In the Western Balkan region, Statistics Sweden cooperates with the national statistical institutes in Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The project focuses on developing capacity in statistical methods and the use of administrative registers for statistical purposes.

The objective is to increase capacity at the statistical institutes at the same time as increasing cooperation between the participating countries. In this way, the region can better utilise the competence that exists within the region.

For the different courses and seminars, the project thus strives to engage both local experts from the statistical institutes and Swedish experts.