Engendering National Statistical Systems For a Knowledge-Based Policy Formulation Capacity Building Program for CIS and SEE countries FY2007-2009 UNECE-World Bank.

Engendering National Statistical Systems
For a Knowledge-Based Policy
Capacity Building Program for CIS and
SEE countries
UNECE-World Bank
Engendering National Statistical Systems:
How it all started?
• Between 1999 and 2003, UNDP/
Bratislava, the Statistical Division of
UNECE, have worked together to promote
the mainstreaming of gender into the
production process and dissemination of
statistics in the ECA region.
• In 2003, this collaboration has been
extended to World Bank, USAID, US
Census Bureau, FAO, and UNFPA.
Recent Partnerships and current set-up
• Regional activities:
• Workshop on Gender Statistics for Central Asian countries in
Turkmenistan, July 2004 (UNDP, UNECE, and USAID/U.S.
Census Bureau)
• Work Session on Gender Statistics in Geneva, October 2004
(UNECE, in collaboration with UNFPA, UNDP, and WHO)
• Training Workshop on Mainstreaming Gender into PRSPs, in
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, December 2004 (The World Bank
Institute with inputs from UNECE, UNDP, ILO and WHO)
• Training Workshop on Gender Statistics for Central Asian and
Caucuses countries in Kyrgyzstan, December 2004 (the World
Bank Institute with inputs from UNECE, WHO and ILO)
• Sub-regional Workshop on Gender Statistics in Uzbekistan, July
2005 (UNECE, UNDP, The World Bank, and USAID/U.S.
Census Bureau)
Recent Partnerships and current set-up
• UNECE developed a network of NSOs
and established gender statistics focal
points (GSFPs) in ECA countries.
• Task Force on gender sensitization
training for statisticians has already begun
working towards the development of the
how-to manual in 2005.
World Bank Gender Strategy
• WB Gender Action Plan for FY2007-09
(Gender Equality as Smart Economics):
• seeks to advance women’s economic
empowerment in the client countries in order to
promote shared growth and accelerate the
implementation of MDG3.
• Action 3: To improve knowledge and
statistics on women’s economic
participation and the relationship between
gender equality, growth and poverty
UNECE-WBI joint program on gender statistics
• The purpose of the project is to
improve and strengthen
countries’ capacity to produce,
analyze, and disseminate gender
• The project will also address the
better use of statistics for an
improved knowledge-based
policy working toward the
equality of women and men.
Financing of the project
• World Bank’s Development Grant
Facility (DGF) Trust Fund was
established in the amount of
$550,000 for FY07-09.
Specific goals of the project
1. The improved sensitization of users and statisticians
to the production, use and update of gender statistics
in order to increase the responsiveness of NSS to
monitoring gender policies
2. The improved sensitization of National Statistical
Systems in all areas of work especially in areas
where traditionally it has been difficult to integrate
gender (i.e., economic and business statistics,
administrative registers, etc)
Goals of the project (cont.)
3. The development of a critical mass of trainers to carry
out work in spreading gender statistics knowledge at the
national level and to different users
4. The improved availability and quality of data in areas
where gaps are more relevant (entrepreneurship,
transport, communications, etc); these gaps prevent
good policy from being developed (e.g., violence against
women, time-use surveys)
5. The raising of awareness in the region about the different
conditions of women and men in order to advocate the
need for more gender-sensitive policies
Cross-cutting partnership
Project established as a result of a
consultative, collaborative process
Inter-agency donor coordination:
FAO, ILO, US Census Bureau,
National statistical systems of the
ECA countries
Guiding Principles
WBI and UNECE developed a set of
guiding principles:
- Multi-stakeholder participation
- Year-round activity
- Linkage to WB projects, WB GAP, WBI
activities and UNECE projects and
- Partnerships to leverage knowledge and
Managerial arrangements
• UNECE serves as an implementing
agency, according to WB procurement
rules and regulations.
• A joint Governing Board - multistakeholder international Steering Group comprised of representatives from
Bureau, and a selected number of NSOs
Managerial arrangements (cont.)
• A Memorandum of Understanding
between the World Bank and the UNECE
for a 3-year partnership was signed on
August 30, 2006
Monitoring and Evaluation
An ongoing monitoring system will be in place
during the implementation of the project:
•Where relevant, the three Task-Forces active
within the CIS framework will be involved
•Regular feedback from the GSFPs on the
relevance and impact of the project will be
At the end of each year, a progress report will
be delivered to the World Bank Institute and
necessary actions will be decided jointly by the
Steering Group
A final independent evaluation of the impact
of the project will also be carried out by
experts who were not directly involved in the
activities of the project.
Success factors for the project
- Success of the project depends on active
participation and ownership of the direct
beneficiaries – NSOs from recipient countries
– in all deliverables.
- In order to better advocate for the need of
gender-sensitive policies, emphasis will be put
on those statistical products that can provide
information for knowledge-based gender
analysis (UNECE/UNDP/WB GS databases,
manual, two sub-regional studies on situation
of men and women).
Challenges specific to the ECA
• In general, in ECA Region, there is a tendency to
underestimate gender issues (in part due to past
experience of having a quota system to allow
women to be represented in government bodies)
• There is a misconception among policy makers
that there are no barriers to women in society,
economy and public life.
• People at decision-making level do not often
recognize the value of statistics and do not know
how to use statistics for policy making.
Challenges (2)
• There is a lack of gender awareness
among statisticians: gender should be
mainstreamed not only into data
production and dissemination, but also into
the development of definitions,
classifications and data collection
Community of Practice
• Network of Practitioners – for future sustainability
• Joint learning process – peer to peer knowledge
exchange and quality control.
• E-Learning, E-Discussion list, Website…
• Focused on selected countries and areas—based on
competencies and value added
• Customized to individual country realities and needs
• Grounded in empirical evidence on gender inequalities
and good practices in addressing them
• Oriented to results (not only on activities)—processes,
outcomes, and impacts
Project activities FY07:
• Training of Trainers (ToT) workshops to
empower the national trainers to sensitize
others in the NSSs and other genderrelevant national organizations
• National follow-up workshops will be
organized in a few ECA countries (venues
for FY07: B&H, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz
Republic, Uzbekistan)
Project activities (FY07-09)
Development of a consolidated training manual as a
tool to train statisticians to become more gender
sensitive and to improve collection, processing and
dissemination of gender-relevant statistics
Dissemination of the manual on gender statistics
Technical assistance for the officials from National
Statistical Offices, policymakers, including national
follow-up workshops using the hands-on manual on
gender statistics
Preparation of sub-regional studies on status of men
and women
Upgrading and updating of the Gender Statistics

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