The need for statistics
The international development goals have helped to focus global
attention on the fight to eliminate abject poverty from the world.
Progress toward the goals is measured by 21 quantitative indicators.
But these indicators are only part of the picture. All of them are
derived from national statistical systems. Effective statistical
systems not just to monitor progress toward the goals, they underpin
development by providing the basis for rational decision making,
macro-economic management, and the efficient allocation of scarce
Despite the greater demand for statistics, there is still a critical
shortfall in the national and international efforts to develop appropriate
and sustainable statistical capacity. For statistical capacity to
be treated as a priority by national governments and international
agencies, the awareness of the importance of timely and relevant
statistics for policy, management, monitoring, and democratic accountability
needs to be raised. And donors need to provide more funding and
technical assistance to support national efforts to develop their
capacity to produce, analyze and use statistics.
Programs to increase statistical capacity
The Partnership in Development for Statistics in
the 21st Century (PARIS21) is a consortium of international
organizations, countries, NGOs, and individuals who are working
together to increase statistical capacity in developing countries.
To find out more about its work, click here: http://www.paris21.org
The International Monetary Fund has an extensive program
of technical assistance in statistics. It encourages member countries
to adopt standard practices in compiling and reporting statistics
and strongly recommends public dissemination of statistical information.
Click here to go to the IMF Data Dissemination Standards Bulletin
The World Bank works in many countries to improve statistical
map below shows projects currently under way.