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The ISI Strategic Plan 2017-2021 defines statistical capacity building as one of the strategic priority for the ISI.

Over the past few years, the ISI has been actively promoting statistical capacity in developing countries. Recent initiatives include: i) workshops for high-level official statisticians in Africa and Asia and ii) workshops for young statisticians in Benin, for practitioners in India, and on Environmental Statistics in Cape Town. These activities were funded in part by the World Bank with additional support from the African Development Bank, African Union Commission (AUC). Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Heads of the NSOs from developing and developed regions as well as Heads of the Statistics from the National Central Banks in case of High Level Meeting in Data Governance in Tunis 2019, have played crucial role in shaping the meetings agendas and sharing good practices. Among others the Korean Statistical Office, National Bureau of Statistics Tanzania, National Institute of Statistics Cameroon and National Institute of Statistics Tunisia hosted the High Level workshops. Please find more information here.

In 2018 the ISI Executive Committee appointed the Task Force: Fabrizio Ruggeri, Irena Krizman, Pedro Silva, Misha Belkindas, Eric Vance, David Stern, Matthew Shearing, Delia North and Diane Stukel. The Task Force prepared the ISI SCB Strategy and Action Plan 2019 - 2021 and beyond.

To accelerate the SCB activities the ISI EC has launched the ISI Statistical Capacity Building Committee.


The ISI Statistical Capacity Building activities aim to develop the capacity of individuals and organizations to increase the impact of Statistics and Data Science by:

  • Enabling statistical practitioners in the public and private sectors to use state-of-the-art methods for data collection, analysis, and interpretation; and
  • Contributing to the development of statistical infrastructure and human resources in official, survey, environmental and business statistics as well as in statistical education and research.


The ISI Statistical Capacity Building Committee advises the ISI Executive Committee on the planning, development, and implementation of appropriate initiatives. These will include:

  • Working with local and regional stakeholders to identify current efforts in SCB in that region and determining the added value that the ISI can provide
  • Working with statistical societies from developed countries to identify possible collaborations
  • Based on the above, developing recommendations for capacity building efforts in specific regions
  • Identifying fund-raising opportunities
  • Working with ISI EC, ISI Council, ISI Associations , NSOs, and leadership of other partners (e.g., IFC, RSS, IBS, ASA and other national and international statistical societies, international organisations and regional frameworks)to prepare and implement the SCB programs
  • Assessing the effectiveness of ongoing efforts and
  • Organizing appropriate meetings and facilitating discussions at the World Statistical Congress.

The ISI Statistical Capacity Building Committee is also organising activities. Currently it is working on preparing a series of videos about courses in Statistics, courses on R for official statistics, courses on Data Science in cooperation with Data Campus at UK ONS, webinars within online courses and support for statistical literacy activities, also in cooperation with LISA. Some of those activities have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

For more information about our activities look at the ISI SCB activities page

SCB Committee Composition


  • Irena Krizman, Slovenia, former Director General Statistical Office Slovenia
  • Fabrizio Ruggeri, Italy, Research Director, Institute of Applied Mathematics & Information Technology of the National Research Council.


The SCB Committee is composed of the members of the Task Force on the SCB Action Plan 2019-2021 and Beyond:

  • Pedro Silva (Brazil) National School of Statistical Sciences, Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, President of the International Statistical Institute 2015-2017
  • Matthew Shearing (UK) LTS International
  • Eric Vance (USA) Director of Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) Boulder, Associate Professor 2016 at University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Applied Mathematics
  • David Stern (UK) University of Reading UK, IDEMS International
  • Delia North (SA) Dean and Head of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at UKZN
  • Diane Stukel (USA) Senior Survey Methods Advisor Food and Nutrition Technical Aid
  • Misha Belkindas (USA) Managing Director of ODW Consulting
  • Oliver Chinganya, Director African Centre for Statistics, UNECA

Liaison with ISI PO: Olivia van Dijck-Timbol.