05.10.2017

Partner Report on Support to Statistics

The Partner Report on Support to Statistics (PRESS) is one of PARIS21's flagship publications. It presents data on technical and financial support to statistical development worldwide and is thus a valuable tool for collaboration. The report also analyses trends in aid for statistics in developing and emerging economies and advocates for an increase in funding for statistics to boost the chances of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

PRESS 2017: Data and statistics are attracting more resources and new donors, but support remains insufficient

PRESS 2017

PRESS 2017 Results

Using newly available data, the PRESS 2017 provides a comprehensive snapshot of resources for statistics, showing that financing remains too modest to match targets and expectations. The report calls for more support to build capacity of National Statistics Offices (NSOs), including through technical and other training. More support to statistics are on the horizon with two positive trends found by PRESS 2017: the increase in the percentage of official development assistance (ODA) allocated to data and statistics, and the expansion and diversification of the pool of donors (i.e. Gates and Hewlett Foundations).

So, how much financial and technical support are developing countries getting?

Check out results from previous PRESS Rounds

PRESS 2016
Access 2016 Report
Access 2015 Report
Access 2013 Report
Access 2012 Round
Access 2011 ROUND
Access 2010 Round
Access 2009 Round
Access 2008 Round

 


Background

In 2005-2006, PARIS21 conducted a review of technical and financial support to statistical development in Sub-Saharan Africa. The results of this review (called the "light reporting exercise - LRE") were presented at the February 2006 Second Forum on African Statistical Development (FASDEV II) held in Addis Ababa and at the 8th Session of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) held in Montreal, Canada in September 2006.

The results were produced in a three-volume set ("Review of Support to Statistical Capacity Building in Sub-Saharan Africa"):

The CCSA recommended that PARIS21 convene an inter-agency task team to explore the refinement and expansion of this LRE. The PARIS21 Steering Committee approved this proposal in November 2006. The task team convened eight meetings to propose and refine its methodology. The minutes and outputs from those meetings are available on this site as follows:

  1. November 2006 PRESS task team meeting

  2. February 2007 PRESS task team meeting 

  3. May 2007 PRESS task team meeting 

  4. June 2007 PRESS task team meeting

  5. January 2008 PRESS task team meeting 

  6. March 2008 PRESS task team meeting 

  7. June 2008 PRESS task team meeting 

  8. October 2008 PRESS task team meeting

The objectives of this exercise -- now dubbed the Partner Report on Support to Statistics (PRESS) -- are to:

  • Learn what donors (i.e., technical and financial partners) are doing and plan to do in the statistical field and identify countries or areas of statistics in need of more support.

  • Offer this information to donors responsible for giving aid and to countries receiving it.

  • Raise the profile of statistics within the overall context of aid to developing countries.

PRESS activities have been mainstreamed into the PARIS21 Secretariat regular work programme. The exercise is conducted annually.