Welcome to the website of the Inter-secretariat Working Group on Household Surveys


Established by the Statistical Commission at its forty-sixth session in 2015, under the aegis of the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, to foster improvement in the scope and quality of social and economic statistics as delivered through national, regional and international household survey programmes, including through increased coordination and cooperation across at all levels.

Members of the Group consist of international agencies and member states. Experts from the academia, donors and civil society organizations (CSOs) are invited to join the work of the Group and/ or the Task Forces on an ad hoc basis. CSOs and donors may be considered for membership in the Working Group on a case-by-case basis, according the relevance of their technical and financial contribution to the work of the Group.

The UN Statistics Division is the Secretariat of the Working Group. It supports the work of the ISWGHS and works closely with co-chairs. The current co-chairs of ISWGHS are UN Women and the World Bank.

Substantive work of the Group is carried out through Task Forces.

Read more about the mission of ISWGHS and how it functions.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented itself as both a tremendous challenge and an opportunity to household survey programmes in countries. Click more for ISWGHS's work related to COVID-19.