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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

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

  • Fully integrate statistics in decision making

  • Promote wider and open access to statistics

  • Increase resources for statistical systems

  • In each objective :

  • Progress

  • Challenges

  • Actions


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 


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


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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Obj: Promote wider and open access to statistics

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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  


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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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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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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Obj: Increase resources for statistical systems

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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


Thank You


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