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Statistical Capacity Building


Statistical Capacity Building is a Strategic Priority for the ISI. The ISI Strategic Plan 2017-2021 articulates this very clearly:



The ISI has been actively helping to build statistical capacity in developing countries. The 2013 White Paper on statistical capacity building (SCB) defines our objectives as: 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, and business statistics as well as in statistical education and research.

To accelerate our efforts in developing countries, in 2013 the ISI launched the Committee on Statistical Capacity Building. Its role is to advise the ISI Executive Committee on the planning, development and implementation of appropriate initiatives. The Committee is composed of the co-chairs and representatives from developing regions where the ISI expects to develop capacity building projects, the representatives from the ISI EC and the Council, and from major statistical societies, such as the ASA, the RSS etc.

Our SCB objectives as stated above are very broad and can be seen to cover many of the ISI’s overall objectives. More focus is needed to clarify our priorities and capabilities, to define the role of the SCB committee more specifically, and to define our strategic contribution among the other SCB players. ISI and its Associations should work more closely together and provide good coordination, cooperation and communication with other SCB providers.

Statistical capacity building is covered by most of ISI’s objectives.

ISI will:

  1. Set up a task force to define what we do well, what kind of capacity are we building, who are our target recipients, what capacity we have to do this, what our priorities are, how we work with the associations, which partners will we work with (including national statistical societies), how it is to be delivered, how it can be maintained, how quality can be maintained, how SCB is to be organised and managed (the role of the SCB committee), and how can we get feedback and measure the impact;
  2. Establish the Task Force to bring forward a plan by July 2018. Our goal is to have a transparent plan for Statistical Capacity Building, with clear priorities and objectives, together with regular reports of successful projects completed, with good feedback from developing countries.


Adolphe Quetelet ISI/IFC High Level Meeting on Data Governance,Tunis, Tunisia, 22 November 2019

ISI Workshops on Leadership and Management

The ISI has organized a series of Workshops on Leadership and Management for Heads of NSOs in Anglophone and Francophone African countries:

  • ISI/IFC High Level Meeting on Data Governance,Tunis, Tunisia, 22 November 2019.
  • ISI/WB/AfDB Workshop on Leadership and Management, Yaounde, Cameroon, 6-8 April 2016.
  • ISI/WB/AfDB Workshop on Leadership and Management ‘Building a Strong Community of Innovative and Forward Looking Leaders in Official Statistics’, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 27-29 April 2015.
  • ISI/WB/AfDB Atelier de Haut Niveau sur 'Leadership et le management dans les systèmes statistiques modernes', Dakar, Senegal, 12-14 decembre 2012;
  • ISI/Kostat/KSS Conference 'Expertise Builds Capacity', Daejeon, Korea, 14-15 November 2012;
  • ISI High Level Workshop 'Leadership in Modern Statistical Systems', Daejeon, Korea 12-14 November 2012;
  • ISI Workshop on 'Leadership in Modern Statistical Systems', Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 14-16 March 2011;


Workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2019

The Institute of Statistical Research and Training (ISRT), University of Dhaka is organizing an ISI sponsored workshop on 'Sampling Methodologies for Monitoring SDG Indicators' in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Topics to be discussed include: introduction to SDGs, targets and indicators; the statistical quality assurance framework; role of statisticians in SDG monitoring, data sources and challenges; role of surveys and commonly used sampling designs in monitoring SDG indicators; case studies; new technologies for survey data collection, analysis and visualization. Academicians, students, employees of national statistical offices, government and non-government organizations of SAARC member countries are invited to participate in this event.

Workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal, 2017

This first international workshop on poverty statistics in the SAARC region was organized by the National Statistical Institute of Nepal in cooperation with the ISI and with the support of the World Bank Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building. ok place on 11-14 December 2017.

Workshop in Gujarat, India, 2015

workshop for the purpose of Capacity Building in Statistics in South Asia was conducted in April at the Department of Statistics at the Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, India. The workshop was organized by the ISI Outreach Committee for South Asia and was funded by the World Bank Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building.

Workshop in Cotonou, Benin, 2013

An ISI-co-sponsored Conference ‘Applied Statistics for Development in Africa (SADA)’ was organized in Cotonou, Benin, Africa on 5-8 March 2013. It was preceded by a one-day workshop for Young Statisticians supported by the World Bank Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB). The conference succeeded in facilitating interactions between researchers and professionals from universities, scientific research organizations, businesses, governments and intergovernmental bodies. One of the main objectives of the conference was to promote scientific research in statistics related to the African continent - such as famine, population mobility, public health, agriculture, food science, finance, tourism, business and industry.

Workshop in Nashik, India, 2013

A workshop ‘Statistics in Action’ was held on 7-10 March 2013 at Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik, Maharashtra State, India. The workshop was convened by Anil Gore and Madhav Kulkarni and was the first activity of the ISI Outreach Committee for South Asia. The meeting was preceded by winning presentations by undergraduate and bygraduate students. The main goal of the meeting was to build statistical capacity in South Asia and to bridge the gap between the teaching and the practice of statistics.

Workshop at AIMS, Muizenberg, South Africa, 2013

At the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa, a Workshop on Environmental Statistics was held on 16-22 March 2013. The workshop was supported by the World Bank TFSCB, the ISI and AIMS. The workshop was intended to improve the capacity of statistical officers and academics in developing countries in the relatively new area of environmental statistics and, through case studies, to encourage participants to apply it in the African context.

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