Ethiopia: Statistics Agency to benefit from $5.5m W/Bank grant

Ethiopia: Statistics Agency to benefit from $5.5m W/Bank grant

Ethiopia: Statistics Agency

(journalducameroun) —The World Bank Group is considering granting Ethiopia’s Central Statistical Agency (CSA) $5.5 million, a senior official of the bank said on Saturday.”This assistance is consistent with the Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy and the government’s own plans for improving data for policy decision making,” said Waleed Haider Malik, the Bank’s Senior Public Sector Specialist.

With these funds, the CSA is expected to scale up data production and build two more branch offices.

It would also use the money to help strengthen the CSA’s data dissemination systems and tools.

According to the World Bank, Ethiopia has one of Africa’s most renowned statistics gathering agency, especially for agricultural statistics.

“It’s encouraging to see the renewed focus with which the government of Ethiopia is prioritizing statistics,” said Pirella Paci, Manager from the Bank’s Poverty Global Practice for the Africa Region.

Statistics, she said, promotes evidence-based decision making, and helps governments such as Ethiopia’s monitor growth across all sectors of the economy.

he World Bank’s Statistics for Results (SfR) project granted the CSA $10 million in 2014.

Over the past three years, the Bank’s statistics project has financed the construction and furnishing of four branch offices in the country’s Ambo, Bahir Dar, Hawassa, and Mekelle cities, all of which are equipped with modern facilities.

Several of the surveys the project has supported so far, the Agriculture Sample Survey, Household Expenditure and Consumption Survey, and Irrigational Household Sample Survey—have been instrumental in the introduction of quality assurance standards for the NSS and the development of CSA’s business register.

The project has helped modernize CSA’s data collection processes with software for full numeric cartography, IT, and other tools like tablets and solar panels to reduce errors and save costs.