Workshop Zambia


In partnership with the Zambia Statistics Agency (ZAMSTATS), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Statistics Sweden (SCB), PARIS21 organised a virtual workshop to launch their joint project titled "Operationalising CD4.0 in Zambia: Strengthening environmental statistics in the national statistical system (NSS)".

The pilot project aims to strengthen the national statistical office (NSO) in its capacity to understand the needs of environmental statistics’ users, such as policy makers, private sector representatives, journalists, academia, civil society organisations and development partners in the country. Zambia currently develops their second National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS). To measure the performance of government activities related to climate change and the environment, timely, granular and accurate environmental statistics are required. Moreover, many user groups lack the means and skills to access and interpret such data.

To foster this understanding and subsequently improve the quality and availability of environmental statistics, the activity focuses on two key questions: Which environmental statistics are needed? How can they be most effectively provided by the statistical system? In doing so, this project will contribute to a better understanding of environmental statistics and, thus, to improved environmental policies and monitoring of the SDGs.

PARIS21 and Statistics Sweden will provide guidance throughout the project and highlight ways to

  • map key stakeholders relevant to environmental statistics,

  • conduct a capacity assessment taking into account new data actors,

  • design a user demand survey and

  • define strategies for the second NSDS process in Zambia.

The kick-off workshop, held on Tuesday, 13 October 2020, brings together project partners as well as data producers and users in Zambia. Attendees will gain insights into new approaches to capacity development, such as Capacity Development 4.0. The CD4.0 approach, developed by PARIS21 and launched in January 2020 at a high-level meeting with UNSD, helps to assess and strategically develop the capacity of statistical systems, including their legal framework, funding infrastructure, coordination, communications and advocacy.

A second workshop, bringing together 50 stakeholders, will be held in January 2021 to present the overall outcomes of the project.

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by Sheila Mudenda, ZAMSTATS, on the NSDS and status of environmental statistics in Zambia.

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by Julia Schmidt and Salma Dahir, PARIS21, on objectives, goals and expectations of the project as well as on the Capacity Development 4.0 approach.

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by Masiliso Sooka, ZAMSTATS, on the NSS capacity assessment.

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by Carina Josefsson Ortiz and Peter Guban, Statistics Sweden, on the planned user satisfaction survey.


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