Journalists exploring Rwanda’s labour force statistics discovered a surprising amount of information at a training session on using gender data. Disaggregated data shows that women are more likely to be outside of the workforce than men, often due to their work as subsistence farmers. Understanding the reasons and implications of this is where a strong relationship between statisticians and media is essential. The National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) has been a championing the importance of communicating statistics for several years, and as the country prepares to embark on its census data collection, PARIS21 is helping it strengthen its relationships with journalists to connect with the public.
National statistical offices have experienced significant changes in recent years, urging them to re-think the way they collect, manage and disseminate data. Information technology has played a critical role in helping to save time, improve accuracy, and enhance access to their products. Yet, the move from a paper-based to a fully digital system requires thorough preparation. The Ghana Statistical Service embarked on a journey to map its data flows in an effort to accelerate digitalisation.
How can we ensure that everyone, including the poorest, women, children, the elderly, indigenous people, migrants and people with disabilities are included into the big picture? A project in the Philippines tells the story of how more and better subnational gender statistics can help protect vulnerable groups from falling through the cracks.
In designing the country’s 10-year National Strategy for the Development of Statistics, the Maldives National Bureau of Statistics brought together partners such as the Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services, UN Women, PARIS21 and civil society to ensure that gender statistics will be mainstreamed into national statistics to shape national debate and efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
When the National Statistics Committee of Kyrgyzstan (NSC) created a press centre to connect more closely with end users of statistics, such as the government, the National Bank of Kyrgyzstan and journalists, they had no idea that a huge health and socioeconomic crisis was on the horizon. But by providing the governing bodies with regular analytical information on current prices for vital products, the NSC helped to prevent an increase in food prices and hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Latin America and the Caribbean
As the climate crisis moves from hypothetical to real, the global community is only starting to discover the myriad of impacts it is having. For various reasons, traditional approaches to gathering data do not produce the data and statistics that countries and international organisations need in order to tackle climate change. PARIS21’s “ecosystem” approach provides a framework that can help gather and analyse data across different entities and departments who do not have a systematic approach to collaboration. A number of Caribbean islands who are on the frontline of the climate crisis are eager to adopt this approach to data to improve their resilience and adapt to climate change.
As one of the world's largest and most populous nations, Brazil's census is a huge undertaking by any measure. However, after a two-year delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring a smooth census process is more crucial than ever. Through an initiative led by the UK Office of National Statistics, PARIS21 and the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics came together to improve the census enumeration process for better data and statistics and, ultimately, for better policies.
Costa Rica’s rich natural environment and progressive approach to environmental policy making have yielded a raft of inspirational success stories in recent years. Key to these policies are statistics that are comprehensive, timely and disaggregated. When the country developed its most recent national strategy for the development of statistics in 2022, ensuring that data needs were adequately represented and that gaps were identified and addressed was paramount. The country’s National Inventory of Statistical Operations alongside PARIS21’s Advanced Data Planning Tool (ADAPT) tool provided the granular detail to inform the NSDS.
When Colombia’s national statistical office (DANE) joined forces with PARIS21 and World Data Lab to use satellite imagery alongside traditional data collection methods, a deeper, more detailed picture of Colombia began to emerge: one that can show policy makers who they should target in development policy making.
With a new statistics law, the inauguration of the new National Statistics Institute, the creation of a modern statistical system and a National Strategy for the Development of Statistics that includes the planning of gender statistics, Paraguay is looking to build a statistical system that can provide the data that the country needs for sound policy making. From the outset, PARIS21’s ADAPT tool has been integrated into this system. One year on, what are the benefits of these efforts?
Hear from journalists, statisticians and policymakers how they have applied new knowledge and skills after completing a free online course on communicating gender statistics developed by UN Women and PARIS21.
As Vanuatu faces a changing environment and disruption to lives and livelihoods, how can Ni-Vanuatu and their political representatives ensure that they are able to use data to make the right policy choices, and ensure that those who represent them are accountable? Through the PARIS21 Trust Initiative, Vanuatu’s National Statistics Organisation is addressing the gaps in the national statistical systems to build capacity to use data.
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