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Strategic Plan for Statistics underway
17/10/16
Strategic Plan for Statistics underway The Ministry Of Local Government and Rural Development will soon launch its strategic plan for the development of statistics that was presented to the Senior Management Forum earlier this year. Last year when the Government agreed on the Sustainable Development goals to complete the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals, one of the objectives of these SDGs was to encourage investment on data.

Strategic Plan for Statistics underway

The Ministry Of Local Government and Rural Development will soon launch its strategic plan for the development of statistics that was presented to the Senior Management Forum earlier this year.

Last year when the Government agreed on the Sustainable Development goals to complete the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals, one of the objectives of these SDGs was to encourage investment on data.

The SDGs, being action orientated and accompanied by targets with measurable outcomes compel countries to plan and monitor impact of their policies, programs and actions, collect, collate and analyze data for evidenced based policy and decision making. This is where the National Strategy for Development of Statistics came in with the aim of strengthening and provide more reliable statistics for informing development processes through their NSOs.

The Minister of Finance Development Planning, Kenneth O. Mathambo said, “Statistics constitute an essential element in improving the ability of government to develop appropriate policies, manage the economic and social development processes, monitor improvements in the living standards of the people and report back this progress to the public using solid evidence as part of the government’s accountability framework.

Furthermore, statistics are needed by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector, academia, analysts, the media, as well as regional and international organizations. Consequently, very robust systems and capacity are critical for generation of statistical information as well as for data storage, security, and retrieval by key stakeholders and development partners.

Ministry of Local Government’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Molefi Keaja, says data management and dissemination havent been well coordinated and systematized. The Ministry has not had a statistical system able to identify data users, their needs, produce data and manage it using international standards and best practices, analyse, interpret and report them in a manner that makes them readily accessible and useable.

Ms Lesedi Leepile revealed to the powers that be that the Ministry of Local Government was the first to finalise their sector strategy through a committee that was formed in May 2015. She said the committee comprised of representatives from all ministerial departments, Local Authorities and BALA to ensure ownership and buy-in. The strategy was finalized and signed off in October 2015.

The objectives of the MLGRD Sector Strategy are to provide evidence based policy, planning and decision-making supported with statistics. This is to improve statistical advocacy to secure buy-in by sector leadership, create awareness about statistics, demand for statistics, secure prioritization of statistics in all development planning processes and secure resources for statistical development amongst others.

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