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Ongoing projects abroad

Statistics Sweden contributes with knowledge and expertise 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.

Cambodia

Statistics Sweden cooperates with NIS (National Institute of Statistics) in Cambodia with the objective 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 wider programme aimed at increasing accountability and transparency in public financial management.

One of the most important results achieved during the past years is that NIS has carried out a comprehensive household survey several times. Economic statistics that better meet the needs of users have also been published. Increased independence of NIS from the planning authority of Cambodia has also been seen.

Kenya

The objective of the project with Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) is to improve the institutional capacity at KNBS to produce and disseminate statistics.

The project has provided extensive support to the production of economic statistics, among others by rebasing the National Accounts, improving the 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 business sector.

The cooperation has also contributed to highlighting important gender equality issues in Kenya, primarily by disseminating gender statistics across 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 the development of reliable statistics for decision-making. The project is jointly supported by Sida and the EU.

There are several examples of results and important activities in the project. Standards for including the public sector finances have been added to the reporting of National Accounts to Eurostat. New and improved questionnaires have also been created for several products within economic and business statistics according to EU standards. KAS has also received support in data collection and reporting of statistics for income and living conditions (EU-SILC).

Mali

The cooperation between Statistics Sweden and Mali's statistical institute (INSTAT) 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. Rebasing of the price statistics has been conducted according to international standards and more regions in the country have been covered. Capacity development in basic statistics has also been provided for other producers within the statistical system. 

Somalia

In Somalia, Statistics Sweden cooperates with the 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. The objective is to strengthen the statistical capacity for the purpose of facilitating decision-makers’ understanding of statistics 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. Training in sampling theory and practical support in sampling have also been provided for the household budget survey, which is of great importance for estimating poverty in the country.

Zambia

Statistics Sweden cooperates with the National Statistical Institute ZamStats with the aim of increasing the availability of relevant and trustworthy statistics based on user needs.

One key result achieved within the project is a detailed strategic plan for how ZamStats will manage the coordination of the statistical system. Implementation of the tool NADABAS for calculation of the National Accounts is also initiated. NADABAS is specially designed for environments where resources are scarce. Training in basic statistical methods has in addition been provided for the staff at ZamStats.

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

The objective of the programme is improved quality, availability and 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 partnership hosted by the OECD that works with capacity development in statistics.

Important activities are among others the development of a common platform for presentation of the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) together with the UN Statistics Division. Guidelines for the use of geospatial data in statistics production, along with guidelines for disaggregating data by migrant status have also been produced. Additionally, a system for National Accounts in Africa with user support has 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 2021, the fifth programme cycle was concluded with participants from Cambodia, Zambia, Ethiopia, and Liberia and two new programme cycles were started with participants from six African 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 improving 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 in 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 migration 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 increased knowledge about existing data, alternative data sources and methods. As an example, established methods for compensation of non-response have been implemented to improve the migration statistics, which are published in national and regional reports. A website and a first version of a portal for data collection and dissemination of the statistics have also been developed.