Statistical advocacy in development cooperation

Statistical advocacy in development cooperation

Statistical advocacy in development cooperation

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Many developing countries have weak statistical systems and mechanisms for measuring results likewise, Civil Society Sectors (CSOs) and NGOs on the other hand are equally having a weak internal statistical systems, this has subsequently resulted into little or no statistical advocacy, and thus many still ask themselves “Is there really any need for Statistics?”


Good, reliable statistics are essential for measuring progress in reaching development goals and provide essential information about the effectiveness of policies and programmes. They help governments improve their policies and to be transparent and accountable about the delivery of development results.

Reliable statistics are a key element towards better measurement, monitoring and management.


An important effort still needs to be made in advocacy for the use of statistics. Effective advocacy for statistics, both in terms of promoting evidence-based decision making as well as ensuring that statistical activities are properly financed and resourced, is crucial to the development of national statistical systems.

However, promotion of evidence-based policy-making along with advocacy on the importance of statistics as much as it raises national user interest, this should be equally emphasized among the CSOs and NGO/ Private sector.


 Advocacy for evidence-based decision-making is essential, and this can only be done through Statistical Advocacy (creating awareness about statistical products and their utility)

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