Coordination of capacity development activities

The Statistics Division engages in a wide range of capacity development activities, often in collaboration with other entities. At the same time, many international and regional agencies, as well as national institutes or national donor agencies set up and carry out similar programmes.

To avoid duplication of work, increase the efficient use of resources for such activities and to ensure that countries receive the best support they need, the coordination of such capacity development activities is taking center stage in international cooperation efforts.

The Statistics Division has taken steps to improve such international coordination - by bringing key partners in training activities together and by facilitating the planning and scheduling of activities in a common global calendar.

The Global Network of Institutions for Statistical Training (GIST) is a network of international and regional training institutions, working together to build sustainable statistical capacities through efficient, effective, and harmonized delivery of training.

The Global Calendar of Statistical Events is maintained by UNSD by aggregating schedules of more than 40 international, regional and national agencies providing training on statistical subjects.

The Global Network of Data Officers and Statisticians has been established by UNSD to support UNRCO Data officers and strengthen the NSO's coordination role of National Statistical Systems in the monitoring of the SDGs. The Network brings together Data Officers at the UN Resident Coordinator Offices, Chief Statisticians from NSOs and experts and statisticians from regional and international organizations.

A number of tools that allow countries to assess gaps in statistical production and gaps in competencies are being developed by UNSD in coordination with other entities. Such tools can provide a basis for the planning of capacity development activities.

UNSD also maintains a repository on the Development of National Statistical Systems, providing information on current practices in National Statistical Systems around the world, and international guidelines on statistical organizations. It contains documentation on (a) Country profiles of National Statistical Systems (NSSs), providing general information on NSSs, such as history, legal framework, data collection and dissemination and (b) Good practices in NSSs, giving examples of how countries are implementing the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, in order to assist countries in the development of their national statistical system.