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Capacity Building Project to Strengthen The National Statistics System in Zimbabwe (ZIMSTAT)

  • Project Name:
    Capacity Building Project to Strengthen The National Statistics System in Zimbabwe (ZIMSTAT)
    Institution :
    Central Statistical Office/Statistics Agency
    • Core Competence:
      National Statistics and Statistical Institutions
    Project Region :
    Eastern & Southern Africa
    Country :
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    Grant Amount (USD):
    1 600 000
    Commitment Date:
    Closing Date:

    At its 36th Regular Meeting, in December 2006, the Executive Board approved a grant of US$ 1.6 million to ZIMSTAT.  The project aimed to address the human and institutional weaknesses apparent in the National Statistical System (NSS) and the Central Statistical Office (CSO).

    Project Description:

    The overall goal of the project was to facilitate the transformation of Zimbabwe’s National Statistical System (NSS) to support the formulation and monitoring of evidence-based policies and strategies for national development.The project specific objectives were to:

    1. Entrench the Census and Statistics Act and transform CSO into a Semi-Autonomous Statistics Agency and thereby raising its profile;
    2. Enhance the institutional and human capacity of the new Statistics Agency to effectively discharge its mandate and provide high quality, timely and reliable statistical information as an input into evidence based and results focused policy formulation and monitoring;
    3. Strengthen monitoring, evaluation and reporting on Government’s programs, including the MDGs and PRPs by providing data and information required to assess results and impacts through the recently adopted Results Based Management framework;
    4. Raise awareness about statistics through advocacy; and
    5. Improve coordination of the NSS.

    The project had three components. The Institutional Building and Development component aimed to improve the institutional capacity to carry out the Semi-Autonomous Statistics Agency’s mandate, assisting in the NSS transformation process and upgrading the existing information technology (IT), transportation and other equipment that is essential to carry out the project activities. The Human Capacity Building component was targeted at improving the qualifications and skills of personnel in the NSS. The Statistical Advocacy and Coordination of NSS component aimed to raise the profile of statistics in Zimbabwe and to improve the performance of the NSS through coordination and enforcing of codes of ethics and conduct for statistics producers.

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Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

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Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

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Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana