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1 STRATEGIE POUR LHARMONISATION DES STATISTIQUES EN AFRIQUE (SHASA) STRATEGY FOR THE HARMONIZATION OF STATISTICS IN AFRICA: GOVERNANCE, PEACE AND SECURITY STATISTICS Report of the STG1 to the 7 th Meeting of the Committee of Directors Generals of National Statistics Offices, Johannesburg, 6 Dec. 2013

2 Outline 1. Why statistics on governance, peace & security? 2. Progress of the STG1 so far 3. Some success factors 4. Some perspectives going forward

3 We cannot over-emphasize the need for peace and security. Without peace and security, no country or region can expect to achieve prosperity for all its citizens. HE Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Chairperson of the African Union Commission

4 Statistics on governance, peace & security are an essential governance tool (just as driving requires a dashboard); They are also a measure of sovereignty: data autonomy is especially critical in the area of governance, peace and security. A question of national sovereignty…

5 The mushrooming industry of governance indicators

6 A priority for the people: My World Survey

7 Progress so far Milestones April 2012, Nairobi SHaSA Group 1 on GPS statistics established: Chair: Kenya; Members: 16 NSOs by region Secretariat: AU Stats Division With support from UNDP (as requested by AU) Sept-Nov 2012, Dakar and Yamoussoukro Two methodology workshops (drawing from existing African expertise – Afrobarometer, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, DIAL/IRD) Nov 2012, Yamoussoukro Official endorsement by the Committee of Director Generals of African NSOs: 1) methodology and 2) 5-year Action Plan and Budget for roll-out Jan-June countries officially confirmed to AU their interest in piloting the instruments July-Dec 2013Piloting started in 5 countries, with support from UNDP Jan 2014 onwardsScaling-up / institutionalization (proposed launch of a Regional Project)

8 Comparative advantages of NSOs for GPS data collection Official legitimacy as public institutions Expertise in the statistical field Large samples allow for disaggregation to detect exclusion/discrimination Privileged access to administrative records Cost-effectiveness of attaching add-on modules to ongoing surveys Strategically positioned to ensure sustainability of data collection

9 Methodology Normative framework: African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (signed by 45 countries) 2 add-on survey modules (G and P&S) + 2 instruments for administrative data collection (G and P&S) Core indicators + country-specific indicators Indicators underpinned by 11 Charter principles (article 3): 1. Human rights and personal freedoms 7. Citizen participation 2. Rule of law8. Transparency 3. Representative government9. Control of corruption 4. Regular, transparent, free and fair elections 10. Constitutional order 5. Separation of powers11. Political pluralism 6. Gender equality

10 As of today, 20 countries have officially confirmed their interest in piloting the instruments: Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape-Verde, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Guinea-Conakry, Côte dIvoire, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo, Tunisia and Uganda. 5 countries (1 each in the 5 regions) started piloting in 2013, with support from UNDP: Cape Verde: National validation workshop (Aug); data collection ongoing Cameroon: National validation workshop (Sept); pre-test ongoing Kenya: National validation workshop (Nov); pre-test ongoing Malawi: National validation workshop (next week); data collection in 2014 Côte dIvoire: Launch next year Some self-starters (with own resources): Burundi, Mali and Uganda – results early next year Congo-Brazzaville and DRC keen to launch data collection in early 2014 Tunisia expressed strong interest for being a pilot for North Africa region STG1 pilots: Status and prospects

11 Some key success factors 1. By Africans, for Africans Homegrown initiative, measuring African commitments (African Charter on DEG) An opportunity for Africa to lead the world in a new critical area of the post agenda 2. Legitimacy & credibility of NSOs for producing official statistics Buy-in secured at ministerial level Close collaboration with data users/producers from the start (National Validation Workshops) Creation of Technical Working Groups on GPS Statistics, coordinated by NSO 3. Peer-to-peer support Leveraging proven models in experienced NSOs NGO and academic input from the region (e.g. Afrobarometer) 4. An African methodology which is alert to global standards Collaboration with UNODC, UNWomen, Small Arms Survey, etc. All keen to support the next phase

12 Recommendations to CoDGs for consideration as Resolutions Building on the results and lessons emerging from the first 7 pilots (Cape Verde, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Burundi, Uganda and Mali), The CoDG may wish to: 1.Encourage NSOs that have already confirmed interest to test the instruments, and encourage others to join in; 2.Encourage the STG1 to secure funding for a regional project of support to NSOs for the institutionalization of GPS data collection across the continent (action plan & budget available); 3.Call the attention of the African Union Commission to this pioneering initiative which positions Africa as a world leader.


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