Statistics Sweden offers its expertise to develop capacity within statistical agencies and statistical systems in low and middle income countries through the transfer of knowledge. We work through partnerships where colleagues work together towards jointly set project objectives and expected results. The following is a brief description of some of the cooperation projects that are currently ongoing around the world. The main part of our work is financed by the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency, Sida.
Cooperation between INSTAT and Statistics Sweden began in October 2001. The current phase of the project started in July 2014 and will be completed in December 2017. The following six areas are prioritised for technical support during the entire project phase: Management of a statistical agency, agriculture and environment statistics, economic statistics and business statistics, statistical methods, social statistics, information and communication technology.
The regional project in the Balkans began in February 2008. The second project phase began in January 2013 and will continue until December 2016. The project has a steering committee that meets three times a year. The statistical office from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Sweden are represented in the steering committee. The project conducts activities within statistical methodology and gender statistics.
The first project phase started in May of 2011 and was completed in April 2015. A second project phase is planned for 2015-18. Important project components are management, national accounts, statistical methods, environmental statistics and gender statistics.
The cooperation project between Statistics Sweden and Kosovo Agency for Statistics has been ongoing for a number of years. The current project phase will continue until 2017. The main project components are management of a statistical agency, economic statistics (mainly for prices), environmental statistics as well as general capacity development. The project also has an IT component.
The cooperation project between Moldova's statistical office (NBS) and Statistics Sweden began in April 2013. The main components are foreign trade statistics, national accounts, management, environmental statistics, statistical methods and business statistics.
The third project phase began in July 2012 and will continue until 2016. The project components are economic, environment and social statistics as well as management and quality in statistics production.
A third phase of the project at the statistical office (NIS), with support mainly to a survey on living conditions of households and the economic situation, will continue through 2015. Other important areas of the project have been national accounts and management.
Since September 2008 the statistical office in Burkina Faso, Institut national de la statistique et de la démographie (INSD) has had a cooperation project with Statistics Sweden. The project is in its second phase and will continue until the end of December 2015. Besides general support to capacity development, the project includes support to economic statistics such as the production of a business register and social statistics (household survey and gender statistics), statistical methodology and environmental statistics.
In February 2015, cooperation began between Statistics Sweden and Kenya's statistical office (KNBS) to develop statistics in Kenya. The cooperation project is for four years. The project includes cooperation in statistical methods, economic statistics, management, agricultural statistics, environmental statistics and gender statistics.
Technical support has been given to the statistical office INE to develop the national statistical system for social and economic statistics, management and general capacity building. The project is being led by Statistics Denmark in a consortium (Scanstat) together with Statistics Sweden and Statistics Norway. The project is being financed by a fund for which donors can earmark funds. The current project period will continue until the end of 2017.
A three-year statistical cooperation project between Statistics Sweden and statistical departments in Somalia started in November 2015. The project is financed by Sida and its purpose is to develop statistics in Somalia, including Somaliland and Puntland. A senior advisor from Statistics Sweden has been stationed at UNFPA in Kenya since January 2016 with the main tasks of coordinating the entire project. The project includes training courses and study visits for staff from the different statistical departments in Somalia and Somaliland and these will be organized mainly in Nairobi and in neighboring countries such as Djibouti, Uganda and Ethiopia. The project includes four components: management, statistical methods, economic and social statistics.