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The Busan Action Plan for Statistics: A Developing Country Perspective Abdul Rahman Ghafoori President General Central Statistics Organization, Afghanistan Meeting on the Busan Action Plan for Statistics 25 February 2012 New York. OUTLINE OF PRESENTATION. Background Over-all objectives

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The busan action plan for statistics a developing country perspective abdul rahman ghafoori

The Busan Action Plan for Statistics:

A Developing Country Perspective

Abdul Rahman Ghafoori

President General

Central Statistics Organization, Afghanistan

Meeting on the Busan Action Plan for Statistics

25 February 2012

New York


The busan action plan for statistics a developing country perspective abdul rahman ghafoori

OUTLINE OF PRESENTATION

  • Background

  • Over-all objectives

  • Fully integrate statistics in decision making

  • Promote wider and open access to statistics

  • Increase resources for statistical systems

  • In each objective :

  • Progress

  • Challenges

  • Actions


The busan action plan for statistics a developing country perspective abdul rahman ghafoori

BACKGROUND

  • Afghanistan suffered 30 years of war and still insecurity exists in about one-third of the districts in the country

  • Statistics a heavy casualty – physical and statistical infrastructure have been badly damaged and skill levels depleted

  • But huge demand exists for data for national reconstruction and development

  • International community provides about 50% of national recurrent and investment budget

  • CSO receives about $2.5m a year from the government and $2m to $5m from donors 

  • Statistics system needs to be rehabilitated 


The busan action plan for statistics a developing country perspective abdul rahman ghafoori

Obj: Fully integrate statistics in decision making

  • Afghanistan National Statistics Plan (ANSP) – national priorities

  • sets out manageable data collection given resource and capacity constraints;

  • CSO briefs the Council of Ministers on progress and key economic and social indicators;

  • Discussions with policy makers in ministries about priorities, e.g., Deputy Minister of Ministry of Labor on the labour force module;

  • Statistical Task Force meeting bringing key stakeholders together (national and international) to discuss latest developments and priorities 

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  • Fast moving environment and priorities change frequently;

  • Capacity of decision makers to use statistics for decision making and monitoring is weak;

  • National processes for planning, budgeting and M&E are still underdeveloped. Hence, difficult to ensure statistics is fully integrated


The busan action plan for statistics a developing country perspective abdul rahman ghafoori

Obj: Fully integrate statistics in decision making

  • Seminars for users and producers of statistics as well as other workshops and conferences;

  • Council of Ministers updated on the key economic and social indicators available;

  • Build the capacity of statistical cells within line ministries to enable them to better link into the planning, budgeting and M&E processes within their ministries;

  • Continue with Statistical Task Force meetings

  • Need to better integrate statistics into the National Priority Programme process

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  • Efforts to improve the timeliness and reliability of data is continuous;

  • Improvements to the website;

  • Micro data access policy;

  • Statistical Year Book;

  • Accelerated Data Program (ADP) documenting datasets


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  • Sharing and dissemination of information by Government Ministries;

  • Capacity to analyse data and be confident of its quality;

  • Different methodologies and concepts used across government can lead to confusion  


The busan action plan for statistics a developing country perspective abdul rahman ghafoori

Obj: Promote wider and open access to statistics

  • Development of AMIS - cross government databank/base accessible to all users;

  • Further enhancements to the website;

  • Develop and implement a dissemination strategy;

  • Maintain a catalogue of available surveys/statistics of forthcoming reports;

  • Improve publishing capacity within CSO;

  • Improving CSO analytical capacity to improve presentation of information for stakeholders use

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The busan action plan for statistics a developing country perspective abdul rahman ghafoori

Obj: Increase resources for statistical systems

  • System wide approach to the development of statistics in place.  Donors coordinate behind ANSP - in line with national priorities;

  • Statistics for Results Facility (SRF) funding received to support implementation;

  • Statistics Task Force (STF) provides a forum to ensure coordination of support and activities;

  • CSO in the lead in terms of coordinating the national statistical system and donor support

  • Lack of resources is currently not a major problem for Afghanistan but could be in 2015.

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The busan action plan for statistics a developing country perspective abdul rahman ghafoori

Obj: Increase resources for statistical systems

  • Some donors still prefer to operate outside ANSP;

  • Large demand for data from International Community (including military); some are prepared to pay for what they need rather than aligning behind a prioritised strategy; 

  • This leads to:

  • i) spreading CSO capacity too thinly across many activities,

  • ii) distorted incentives for data collection, and;  

  • iii) duplication of efforts 

  • Fiscally constrained environment means limited funding from the Government for statistics. Dependence on donor support will be required in the long term

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  • To continue efforts to bring donors into line;

  • UN is trying to better coordinate their agencies’ efforts in support of statistics;

  • CSO to continue to lobby for the government and donor funds to support the statistical system


The busan action plan for statistics a developing country perspective abdul rahman ghafoori

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