World Bank to grant $5.5mln for Ethiopia’s statistics gathering agency

Addis Ababa, November 11, 2017 (FBC) – The World Bank Group is considering granting the Central Statistical Agency (CSA) of Ethiopia 5.5 million US dollars.

With these funds, the CSA would mostly scale up data production and build two more branch offices. It would also use the money to help strengthen the CSA’s data dissemination systems and tools.

"This assistance is consistent with Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy and the government’s own plans for improving data for policy decision making,” said Waleed Haider Malik, the Bank’s Senior Public Sector Specialist.

According to the Bank, Ethiopia has one of Africa’s most renowned statistics gathering agency, especially for agricultural statistics.

“It’s encouraging to see the renewed focus with which the overnment of Ethiopia is prioritizing statistics,” said Pirella Paci, Practice Manager from the Bank’s Poverty Global Practice for the Africa Region.

Statistics, she said, promoted evidence-based decision making, and helped governments such as Ethiopia’s monitor growth across all sectors of the economy.

The World Bank’s Statistics for Results (SfR) project granted the CSA 10 million US dollars in 2014.

Over the past three years, the Bank’s statistics project has financed the construction and furnishing of four branch offices in Ambo, Bahir Dar, Hawassa, and Mekell, all of which are equipped with modern facilities. These will be used for building skills, outreach, and data dissemination.

So far, over 2,000 staff from the CSA, the National Planning Commission, and National Statistical System (NSS) have been trained in a wide range of statistics subjects, both locally and abroad.

Several of the surveys the project has supported so far, the Agriculture Sample Survey, Household Expenditure and Consumption Survey, and Irrigational Household Sample Survey—have been instrumental in the introduction of quality assurance standards for the NSS and the development of CSA’s business register.

The project has helped modernize CSA’s data collection processes with software for full numeric cartography, IT, and other tools like tablets and solar panels to reduce errors and save costs.

Posted by Amare Asrat