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Ongoing projects abroad

Statistics Sweden contributes with knowledge and experience to support the development of statistics in low and middle income countries. Here is a description of some of the projects and programmes that we conduct 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 2021. The objective of the project is to create a sustainable statistical system in Albania, in which INSTAT, on its own, builds internal and external institutional capacity and produces statistics that are user-friendly and used by key stakeholders.

During the last phase, the project has focused on strengthening management and internal skills development. A framework with indicators that will be used to follow up performance in the organisation over time has been implemented and improved IT systems have been installed. A platform for microdata that will be used to transfer data to researchers has also been developed. Furthermore, the project has raised competence at INSTAT in communication to advanced as well as non-expert users of statistics.

Bangladesh

The aim of the project with the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) is to increase access to quality statistics in society by supporting the position of BBS as the central statistics institution.

With support from the project, that has been going on since 2018, BBS has established a unit for statistical methods and capacity development has been done to strengthen the competence of the unit. Activities have also been conducted focusing on management, coordination of the national statistical system as well as communication and dissemination of statistics.

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 increase reliability of the statistics that are produced.

One important result of the cooperation is that INE now has a unit that coordinates the national statistical system. Improvements have also been made in price statistics, mainly in the Consumer Price Index and the Producer Price Index. The project has also supported INE in developing a reference pricing system.

Cambodia

Statistics Sweden has cooperated with NIS (National Institute of Statistics) in Cambodia for fifteen years. The objective is to improve the quality of national statistics as a basis for the government’s budget and economic decisions. The project is a part of a larger programme aimed at increasing accountability and transparency in public financial management.

One of the most important results achieved during the past years is that the extensive household survey has now been carried out several times. Economic statistics that give increased support to the users have also been published. Increased independence of NIS from the planning authority of Cambodia has also been seen.

Kenya

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

The project has provided extensive support to the production of economic statistics, among others by rebasing the National Accounts, Consumer Price Index and the Producer Price Index. The capacity to follow up Kenya’s economy has also been improved by an updated business register that enables production of more comprehensive statistics for the private business sector.

The cooperation has also contributed to highlighting important gender equality issues in Kenya, primarily by disseminating gender statistics out in the country together with UN Women. Support to environment statistics has also been given, so that these are now produced according to the UN guidelines.

Kosovo

The project together with Kosovo Agency of Statistics (KAS) aims at strengthening the statistical system by enabling development of reliable statistics for decision-making. The project started in 2019 with joint financial support from Sida and the EU.

Examples of results and important activities in the project are that the non-observable economy has been included in the National Accounts. New and improved questionnaires have also been created for several products within economic and business statistics according to EU standards. Kosovo has also produced statistics for income and living conditions (SILC) for the first time.

Mali

The cooperation between Statistics Sweden and Mali's statistical institute (INSTAT) has been ongoing since 2009. It aims to improve the quality, availability and analysis of statistical information in accordance with user needs.

The introduction of a tool for planning and following up has streamlined statistics operations at INSTAT. Another focus has been to increase the capacity to produce the household survey independently. The statistics for the waste sector and the capacity to produce the statistics for emissions to air have been improved. The project has also initiated a cooperation with UN Women and relevant indicators for gender analysis have been defined.

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 going on since 2015. The objective is to strengthen the statistical capacity for the purpose of facilitating decision-makers understanding of, and increasing their awareness and confidence in statistical data.

Examples of results achieved are that the Consumer Price Index now is published monthly and that the Gross National Product is published yearly. Preparations for conducting a household budget survey have also been done, which is of great importance for estimating poverty in the country.

Global programme to develop capacity in data and statistics for the 2030 Agenda

The objective of the programme is improved quality, availability and the use of data and indicators in following up the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Statistics Sweden cooperates with PARIS21 (Partnership for Statistics in the 21st Century), a unit within the OECD that works with capacity development in statistics.

Important activities are among others development of a common platform for presentation of the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) together with the UN Statistics Division. A partnership with the UN migration office IOM regarding developing guidelines on disaggregation by migratory status in order to highlight the specific situation and needs of migrants across the Agenda. A system for National Accounts in Africa with user support has also been developed and implemented together with the African Union and experts from several targeted countries.

International Training Programme (ITP) in Gender Statistics

The International Training Programme (ITP) in Gender Statistics aims at increasing gender equality between women and men using statistics as a tool. To achieve this, the participants of the programme are offered the opportunity to increase their capacity in gender statistics and to develop methods on how gender statistics can be used for advocacy work.

During 2020, the fourth programme cycle was concluded with participants from Cambodia, Myanmar, Zambia, Ethiopia and Liberia and the fifth programme cycle was started with participants from the same countries.

The participants have increased dissemination, availability and use of gender statistics in their respective countries. This has been achieved by preparing and communicating gender statistics to strategically chosen target groups with the purpose of enabling them to act for increased gender equality.

Regional project for the Western Balkans

In the Western Balkans, Statistics Sweden cooperates with the national statistical institutes in Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The project focuses on 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 the cooperation between the participating countries increases. In this way, the competence at the national statistical institutes may be used in the whole region.

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

Regional project for migraton statistics in Africa

The purpose of the project is to improve and harmonise the migration statistics on regional and continental level in Africa. In this project, Statistics Sweden cooperates with the statistical body of the African union (StatAfric) and four chosen economic communities on the continent. 

Examples of results and activities are improved data collection from the member countries on labour migration statistics by improving knowledge on existing data, alternative data sources and methods. Established methods for compensation of non-response have also been implemented to improve the statistics. A website and a first version of a portal for data collection and dissemination of the statistics have also been developed.