Regional Training on Agricultural Statistics in Cote d'ivoire, Abidjan

Building on the recognized successes achieved during the first phase, the 2nd round of  Global Strategy for Improving Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS) in Africa (2021-2023) has begun in early 2021 for an initial duration of three years, co-funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the European Union, ... read more 




Committee of Experts of the Conference the fifty-fifth session of the Commission “Fostering recovery and transformation in Africa to reduce inequalities and vulnerabilities”

During  the 55th Session of the Committee of Experts meeting in Addis Ababa, the Director of the Africa Center for Statistics (ACS) of the Economic Commission for Africa, Mr. Oliver Chinganya presented the eighth session report of the Statistical Commission for Africa. The eighth session of the Statistical Commission for Africa was held in 2022 under the theme “Modernizing the data ecosystem in Africa to support regional integration”. The meeting reviewed the current trends and discussed ... read more


   ACS celebration of the International Women's Day
   By ECA
    Published on 03-08-2023

The African Center for Statistics (ACS) celebrated the International Women's Day. Women in leadership shared their experiences with ACS female colleagues. The discussion was lively in terms of their experience and highlighting the importance of achieving gender equality in all aspects of life more








The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) hosted the Regional Seminar on the African Information Highway (AIH) initiative from February 6 to 10, 2023, in the ECA conference hall in Addis Ababa. This seminar was held by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).... read more



Accelerating data and statistics production and use in Africa for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals

By Hamida Sheel,
17 May 2022

Statistics is an important pillar in our society, but its importance only became more apparent to the larger society during the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has also highlighted a number of issues within national statistics offices and national statistics systems. more



Youth and technological innovation: a crucial combination for the success of the SDGs in Africa

By Sassire Napo

12 May 2022

From March 3 to 5, 2022, I had the great honor, as a young African statistician, to participate in the eighth session of the African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development in Kigali. This participation, at the invitation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) as part of the Takwimu program for young African statisticians, was a great more





The Board, management and staff of National Bureau of Statistics(NBS), with a deep sense of loss, announce the passing on of the Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of NBS, Dr. Simon Harry, in the early hours of today, Wednesday, April 13th 2022 after a brief more




 Young African Statisticians are now engaged in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Programme in Africa

  By ECA
  Published on 25/2/2022

The Experts Group Meeting on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) held from 23 to 26 November 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda concluded with a recommendation that countries would make deliberate efforts to engage youth in country level work on CRVS, as a strategic approach to sustainable capacity building... read more


A young statistician’s perspective on CRVS after the EGM of African Registrar Generals last November.


Published on 25 -02- 2022

Mr. Constantin Rukataza, one of the young statisticians who participated in the Experts Group Meeting of African Registrar Generals has shared his experience with us: more


African Development Fund approves $4.3 million grant to Somalia for statistics development

Published on 18/2/2022


The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund has approved a $4.3 million grant to support statistics development in more


African Centre for Statistics is adapting after key stakeholders had their say in its first stakeholder survey.

African Centre for Statistics (ACS) invited National Statistical Offices and other key stakeholders to take part in its first stakeholders survey earlier this year, to evaluate some of its activities and improve ways of doing business... read more



Eswatini became the 2nd country to officially launch phase two of the CRVS improvement mentorship programme

During a workshop held on 6 to 10 December 2021, Eswatini launched its CRVS Improvement Programme in Mbambane, the capital city. The country  became the second country to officially launch phase two of the CRVS improvement mentorship programme... read more



Interview with a former prominent chief statistician – Dr. Pali Lehohla, former Statistician General of South Africa and Chair of the UN Statistical Commission


As from 2016, the engine of success had started to misfire, and the challenges mounted.  The last four years have been rather disappointing...All these forces converged and connived against the ten-year bull run of statistics in Africa.  These can be still recovered because of the institutionalisation pillars in the SHaSA and the African Statistics Charter as well as the statistics centres in the three pan African institutions... read more


Interview with a former prominent chief statistician – Mr. Musaemura Guest Charumbira, former Botswana's Government Statistician and Chair of the UN Statistical Commission

Published on 12/02/2022


Covid-19 has brought further complications for statistical operations. There is need for innovations. For those countries carrying out a census of population and housing this year or soon, we can only wish them good luck. It will be a complicated process... read more



ECA partners with the Federal government of Somalia in the launch of a CRVS Improvement Programme at a workshop held on 29 November to 3 December 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya

At a workshop held in Nairobi, Kenya on 29th November to 30th December 2021, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in partnership with the Federal government of the Republic of Somalia launched a civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system Improvement programme, aimed to provide systematic support to the government in developing a universal, holistic and well-functioning CRVS system ... read more



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