Intheworld 5/2012

Policy makers, citizens and the international community are well aware of the vital role of statistics in supporting result-based management, better governance, and greater aid effectiveness.

Therefore, national statistical systems are called upon to produce and disseminate, often under extreme time pressure, the data and indicators that policy makers need to make informed decisions.

In addition to the traditional production of social and economic statistics, emerging needs arise from the desire to measure the progress made in the field of democratic governance, well-being, environmental protection, climate change and its negative impacts, in particular on agriculture and health. Statistical activities, involving the compilation and manipulation of large data sets have been transformed in recent years by the use of information and communication technology. Moreover, the current financial crisis increases attention to timeliness and reliability of statistics.

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30 November 2012
Intheworld 5/2012
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