Capacity Development

The International Statistical Institute is dedicated to making a meaningful impact on low and middle-income countries and regions. 

We aim to empower those in the public and private sectors with the latest methods for data collection, analysis, and interpretation. With the Capacity Development initatives, our commitment extends to strengthening statistical infrastructure, human resources, and fostering advancements in official, survey, and business statistics, along with statistical education and research.

Looking ahead, the ISI Strategic Plan 2022-2025 places Capacity Building as a top priority. Join us in our commitment to elevating the quality of statistical information around the world. 

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ISI Academy


The ISI Academy was created in 2023 to help develop the capacity of statisticians and data professionals in ways tailored to the International Statistical Institute’s comparative advantages. The Academy is a dynamic vehicle for nurturing sustainable strategic solutions to the priority international and regional capacity development challenges faced by our members. It provides a framework for our members to innovate by leveraging the International Statistical Institute’s scientific and organizational independence, our members’ passion for data and statistics, extensive cross-sectoral networks of expertise, high academic standards, and global and regional reach.

Our primary goal is to address the capacity development requirements within the field of statistics and data-related professions by leveraging our expansive global reach of members.

The Academy’s Principles

The Academy aims to generate learning and foster excellence in capacity development practice in areas that:

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The Academy's Priorities

The Academy brings together expertise and resources to help solve data-related challenges across, academia, official statistics, international development, business, other statistical professional societies, and other sectors. Our members have determined our priorities as:


  • Facilitating data partnerships across private and public sectors
  • Dealing with ethical challenges in the modern data ecosystem
  • Developing regional independent communities of statistical and data professionals
  • Supporting data science training centres based on cross-sectoral collaboration
  • Enabling statisticians to develop better soft skills
  • Upscaling the successes of the International Statistical Literacy Programme


The Long History in Supporting Capacity Development


The ISI and its Associations have long been involved in the development of the professional capacity of their members and society more broadly, sharing knowledge among their individual and organisational members and enhancing the impact of statistics and data science for the public good.


For over a century, the ISI has organised regional and global scientific congresses to share and discuss new insights, established two scientific journals, delivered a wide range of courses, online and in person, teaching hard and soft skills, and organised webinars to share best practices. These activities will continue alongside and be informed by learning generated by the Academy.


We believe in inclusivity, in particular supporting participants from low and middle-income countries/regions to actively engage in global statistical developments and empowering women towards equality in our profession.

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Task Force and Committee


In 2018 the Executive Committee appointed a task force to prepare the Capacity Development Strategy. The Task Force was co-chaired by Fabrizio Ruggeri and Irena Krizman. Committee members: Pedro Silva, Misha Belkindas, Eric Vance, David Stern, Matthew Shearing, Delia North, Diane Stukel.

The Task Force prepared the Capacity Development Strategy and Action Plan 2019–2021 and will continue to work on plans for the coming years. To accelerate the Capacity Development activities, the Execuitve Committee has launched this ISI Capacity Development Committee.

We will Join Your Capacity Development Project!



Do you want to be a part of our cause? Inform us on your idea or journey towards fostering excellence in statistical capacity development. The ISI Academy welcomes interests from any organisation, association or committee seeking to build partnerships for capacity development projects that meet our principles.

Get in touch with either of the Co-Chairs, Matthew Shearing or Oliver Chinganya, to discuss how your organisation could partner with the ISI Academy and develop solutions for unmet needs in statistical capacity development.

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ISI Activities Worldwide


The ISI Academy cooperates with a wide range of global partners, including the Global Network of Institutions for Statistical Training, which is a network of international and regional training institutions, working together build sustainable statistical capacities through efficient, effective, and harmonized delivery of training.

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The ISI cooperates with Global Network of Institutions for Statistical Training (GIST) which is a network of international and regional training institutions, working together build sustainable statistical capacities through efficient, effective, and harmonized delivery of training.


Writing Manuscripts for Official Statistics Journals

8–15 February 2022

The workshop is intended for Official Statisticians and academics (from all over the world) with interest in preparing a submission of a manuscript to a refereed international journal in the field of statistics. We are currently working on repeating this workshop later this year.

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Our Active Capacity Development Activities


We are actively working with Associations, committees and partners to creating new and relevant Capacity Building Activities. If you have a Capacity Development project that you would like to collaborate on, please get in touch with us!


International Statistical Literacy Project (ISLP)

The International Statistical Literacy Project, initiated by the International Association for Statistical Education, is a key initiative of the International Statistical Institute. This project aims to enhance statistical literacy worldwide, empowering individuals with the skills and knowledge to understand and use statistical information effectively.


Courses, Webinars and Workshops

The ISI strives to unlock the world of data by furnishing members and individuals in the statistical field with a library of past events, courses, and webinars. This invaluable resource aims to provide access to extensive knowledge, enhancing personal development and fostering success in your professional domain. 

Apply the knowledge and insights on an individual basis or within the context of your specific field of work, whether it be in your country or region. Access our library:

Capacity Development Committee


To accelerate our efforts in low and middle income countries/regions, in 2013 the ISI launched the Capacity Development Committee

Its role is to advise the Executive Committee on the planning, development and implementation of appropriate initiatives, besides promoting them directly.

The Committee’s objectives are very broad and based on the need of the global statistical field and the access to education and resources of individuals. The International Statistical Institute and its Associations work together closely and provide good coordination, cooperation and communication with other Statistical Capacity Development providers:

  • To focus and to clarify the IInternational Statistical Institute's priorities and capabilities,
  • To define the role of the Statistical Capacity Development Committee more specifically
  • To define our strategic contribution among the other Statistical Capacity Development groups.

Previous Events

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Side event for the 55th UNSC

The International Statistical Institute hosted a successful side event for the 55th UNSC on 25 February 2024. With an attendance of nearly 50 individuals and organizations, we have strengthened ties and will follow up on project proposals and collaborate with new and existing partners.

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ISI Workshops on Leadership and Management

The ISI has organized a series of Workshops on Leadership and Management for Heads of NSOs in Africa and Asia. 

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ISI Workshops on Diverse Statistical Methods

The International Statistical Institute is offering a spectrum of workshops meticulously crafted to empower professionals, and researchers with a profound understanding of various statistical methods.