Forthcoming EU support to African capacity building for statistical

Report
Forthcoming EU support to
African capacity building for
statistical production
Pieter Everaers, Eurostat, Director of Cooperation in
the European Statistical System; International
Cooperation; Resources
First Joint Session of the Committee of Directors
Generals of National Statistics Offices and the
Statistical Commission for Africa
Tunis, December 2014
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Context
• African Union Integration
• Growing continental approach to statistical
production
• Great strides being made (census coverage)
• African Charter on statistics
• Coordinated joint strategy (SHaSA and common
goals and working approaches)
• Decision on the new AU Institute
• Strong African momentum for statistics
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EU interest to support AU statistics
• EU support for AU integration
• Joint Africa-EU Strategy includes joint initiatives on
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mobility and migration
Human development
Private investment
Infrastructure
• EU financial flows to Africa (public and private) –
impact measurement
• AU official statistics will be used by EU governments,
businesses, citizens
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EU response
• New Pan African Instrument (for all sectors) to
support African Union Integration
• A Pan African Statistical Capacity Building
Programme (EU support)
• Key partners: the AU Commission Statistics
Division
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Rationale for Eurostat role
• Share Eurostat (ESS) experience of producing
statistics linked to integration needs
• Share Eurostat experience of bringing national
statistical systems together into one European
Statistical System
• Opportunity to build on ESS lessons recognising
that the African context is very different
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Elements of the EU experience
• European statistics needed to develop and
monitor EU policies and distribute EU resources
• Different quality categories for statistics (for
political decisions, standard data, experimental)
• Many challenges faced
• Integrating 28 statistical systems into one ESS
• Assuring quality
• Remaining relevant to EU integration needs as
they change
• Modernisation
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Broad aims of EU support for AU
statistics
• Improve the quality of statistics in Africa in key
domains
• Quality means the availability, reliability,
comparability, accuracy, timeliness (inter alia)
• Support the setting up of effective ways of
working within the African Statistical System
• Build capacity of the people and the institutions
• Facilitate the transfer and uptake of good practice
and common tools
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Specific areas of support
• Support functioning of the SHaSA Specialist
Technical Groups to develop/improve statistical
methodology and indicators in key domains
• Resources for the development and roll out of
continent wide tools and approaches (e.g. quality
assessments, ERETES)
• Maintenance and training for common statistical
tools
• Support creation of data centre at the AU level, and
communication channels (website, publications, etc.)
• Support to the setting up of the AU Institute
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Supporting African statistical
methodology and production in priority
domains
• Focus on AU/EU priority areas, namely
• Trade, National Accounts, Employment and Migration,
SDGs - areas of joint strategic importance to EU & AU
• Some more limited ad-hoc support to other areas
(climate change, governance)
• Work towards concrete progress – more and
better statistics in these areas
• Methodology harmonisation
• Data collection
• Improved dissemination
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Support to develop common AU practice
• Why? Widespread use of common tools underpins
a harmonised continental approach
• What? Statistical IT tools, quality tools and
techniques, Africa-specific methodologies/tools
• ERETES, Eurotrace, chosen AU quality tools such
as peer review, global assessment, snapshot-style
• Other 'common tools' will need to be developed
(based on continental needs)
• How? The STGs will have a key role to identify
appropriate tools (e.g. ERETES already chosen by
the AGNA)
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Next steps and timing of the support
• Final stage of agreement to the support (from EU
MS) reached in November 2014
• Procurement of services during 2015 (takes a long
time in EU!)
• Organisation of stakeholder meetings during 2015
to aid preparation (including with the RECs)
• Resources to come on stream in early 2016
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Thank you
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