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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 the projects and programmes that we are currently working with around the world.


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. Together with other partners, the project has supported the development of a new framework that provides a basis for continuing quality work. A new data centre has been built which establishes the preconditions for a more modern IT infrastructure.

The cooperation has also contributed to highlighting important gender equality issues in Kenya, primarily by disseminating the publication Women and Men in Kenya.


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 co-financed by Sida and the EU.

There are several examples of results and important activities carried out in the project. The project has been supporting KAS in calculating the non-observable (untaxed) economy in the national accounts. New and improved questionnaires have also been created for several products within economic and business statistics in line with the EU standards. KAS has also received support with data collection and reporting of statistics for income and living conditions (EU-SILC). There has also been assistance with devising a population register, including ensuring safe inter-agency data transfers.


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 users’ needs.

The project has contributed to the introduction of a tool for planning and monitoring which has resulted in more effective statistical operations at INSTAT. Another focus has been to increase the capacity to produce the EMOP household survey independently. Lately, the project has enhanced the skills to conduct advanced analysis and to harmonise national statistics with international surveys and recalculations. Rebasing of the price statistics has been conducted in accordance with international standards and more regions in the country have been covered. A database site, which is based on the free software PxWeb has also been launched in a French version and a version in the local language, bambara.

North Macedonia

The overarching objective of the project with the State Statistical Office (SSO) is to improve the availability and the use of official statistics in North Macedonia.

The project has been in full operation only since the end of 2021, however, some important results are within reach. One example is that an initial version of the employment register has been completed and a service producer price index has been developed. Several steps have also been taken to implement a product-based planning and monitoring framework. Furthermore, a communication strategy has been drawn up and adopted.


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 with the purpose of facilitating decision-makers’ understanding of statistics and enhance their awareness and confidence in statistical data.

Examples of results achieved are that the Consumer Price Index is now published monthly and that the Gross National Product is published yearly. The second editions of the publications Women and men in Somalia and Women and men in Puntland with gender statistics have also been completed and published.

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.


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 that the detailed strategic plan for how ZamStats will manage the coordination of the statistical system has been initiated. The implementation of the tool NADABAS for calculation of the national accounts has also begun. NADABAS is specially designed for environments where resources are scarce. Training in basic statistical methods has also been provided for the staff at ZamStats. In addition, the project has supported ZamStats in planning and developing the sample for the household budget survey, to be conducted in 2023.

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 used to monitor 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. Support has also been given to countries’ national sustainable development strategies and in particular to the integration of new data sources such as geodata, to enable improved quality in reporting of the global Sustainable Development Goals.

Additionally, a database has been launched to improve knowledge of legislation in statistics as the foundation for stable statistical systems.

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 their work with gender statistics can be improved and used for advocacy work.

In the summer of 2022, the sixth programme round was completed with participants from Ethiopia, Liberia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. In the autumn of 2022, the final programme round commenced with the same participating countries. In parallel, a round was in progress that started at the end of 2021 and ended at the end of 2022, but this round did not include Tanzania.

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, 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 migration statistics in Africa

The purpose of the project is to improve and harmonise the migration statistics on a 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. Coordination of migration statistics at both the regional and continental level has also improved considerably, thanks to cooperative initiatives with the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), among others.