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


Published on 12/02/2022


TextDescription automatically generated 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.

As part of the Takwimu Young African Statisticians Programme, five young statisticians from Rwanda participated at the Kigali’s meeting as observers and supporting the Secretariat of the Africa programme on CRVS.

Building capacity of Africa’s youth in statistics is a critical priority and a strategic area of intervention of the African Centre for Statistics of the UN Economic Commission for Africa and a critical need of the African Statistical System.  

 If the continent is to achieve the desired vision of producing quality statistics and of building sustainable institutional capacity in statistics, the participation of youth cannot be ignored. Africa’s youth need to be adequately exposed to the challenges of the African Statistical System and offered a fair chance to participate in identification of relevant solutions. This is the sure way to achieve effective statistical leadership in the near future and a strong statistical workforce for the continent.

Mr. Oliver Chinganya, Director of the African Centre for Statistics: “I am urging countries to adopt a similar approach of offering young statisticians an opportunity to participate and learn from ongoing work as a key measure to sustain the knowledge and capacity that is being built in the region”.


A group of people sitting around a table with laptopsDescription automatically generated with medium confidenceThe Takwimu Young African Statisticians Programme is a flagship programme launched by the UN Economic Commission for Africa in July 2021 with an aim to promote the participation of Africa’s youth in statistical development, leveraging on their problem-solving abilities in responding to the challenges faced by the African Statistical System.

For more information, please contact Mr. Edem Kossi KLUDZA <> or Ms. Gloria Mathenge <> of ECA.