Statistical Capacity Building
The ISI’s activities in Statistical Capacity Building follow from the ISI mission to promote the understanding, development and good practice of statistics worldwide.
The ISI Committee on Statistical Capacity Building (SCB) coordinates the ISI efforts in this area and initiates new activities. The SCB Committee has established two Task Forces: one for mentoring and one for the development of university curricula in statistics.
The 2013 White Paper ‘Statistical Capacity Building and the International Statistical Institute’ sketches the opportunities and directions for the ISI’s activities in the area.
Both the ISI and the Associations have been conducting activities aiming at increasing the statistical capacity by organizing various workshops and enabling the participation of statisticians from developing countries in the ISI WSCs and conferences. Below is a selection of activities that have been undertaken:
ISI Workshops on Leadership and Management
The ISI has organized a series of Workshops on Leadership and Management for Heads of NSOs in Anglophone and Francophone African countries:
- ISI/WB/AfDB Workshop on Leadership and Management, Yaounde, Cameroon, 6-8 April 2016.
- ISI/WB/AfDB Workshop on Leadership and Management ‘Building a Strong Community of Innovative and Forward Looking Leaders in Official Statistics’, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 27-29 April 2015.
- ISI/WB/AfDB Atelier de Haut Niveau sur 'Leadership et le management dans les systèmes statistiques modernes', Dakar, Senegal, 12-14 decembre 2012;
- ISI/Kostat/KSS Conference 'Expertise Builds Capacity', Daejeon, Korea, 14-15 November 2012;
- ISI High Level Workshop 'Leadership in Modern Statistical Systems', Daejeon, Korea 12-14 November 2012;
- ISI Workshop on 'Leadership in Modern Statistical Systems', Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 14-16 March 2011;
Workshop in Gujarat, India, 2015
A workshop for the purpose of Capacity Building in Statistics in South Asia was conducted in April at the Department of Statistics at the Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, India. The workshop was organized by the ISI Outreach Committee for South Asia and was funded by the World Bank Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building.
Workshop in Cotonou, Benin, 2013
An ISI-co-sponsored Conference ‘Applied Statistics for Development in Africa (SADA)’ was organized in Cotonou, Benin, Africa on 5-8 March 2013. It was preceded by a one-day workshop for Young Statisticians supported by the World Bank Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB). The conference succeeded in facilitating interactions between researchers and professionals from universities, scientific research organizations, businesses, governments and intergovernmental bodies. One of the main objectives of the conference was to promote scientific research in statistics related to the African continent - such as famine, population mobility, public health, agriculture, food science, finance, tourism, business and industry.
Workshop in Nashik, India, 2013
A workshop ‘Statistics in Action’ was held on 7-10 March 2013 at Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik, Maharashtra State, India. The workshop was convened by Anil Gore and Madhav Kulkarni and was the first activity of the ISI Outreach Committee for South Asia. The meeting was preceded by winning presentations by undergraduate and bygraduate students. The main goal of the meeting was to build statistical capacity in South Asia and to bridge the gap between the teaching and the practice of statistics.
Workshop at AIMS, Muizenberg, South Africa, 2013
At the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa, a Workshop on Environmental Statistics was held on 16-22 March 2013. The workshop was supported by the World Bank TFSCB, the ISI and AIMS. The workshop was intended to improve the capacity of statistical officers and academics in developing countries in the relatively new area of environmental statistics and, through case studies, to encourage participants to apply it in the African context.