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Volume 17, No.04 - April 2013

Capacity development


Building capacities in gender statistics

Workshop on improving the integration of a gender perspective into official statistics will be arranged in Chiba, Japan on 16-19 April

Improving integration of gender perspective into official statistics (UN Photo/Ky Chung)

DESA’s Statistics Division and the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) are organizing jointly a capacity building workshop on gender statistics, in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Government of Japan.

The purpose of the workshop is to train national statisticians on the production and use of gender statistics, as well as discuss the newly developed UN manual: Manual for Integrating a Gender Perspective into Statistics.

For more information:
Calendar of events of DESA’s Statistics Division

Assessing population and housing censuses in Africa

Conference on Assessment of 2010 Round of Population and Housing Censuses in Africa will take place in Pretoria, South Africa, on 29 April – 1 May

Assessing population and housing censuses in Africa (UN Photo/Tim McKulka)The event will be organized by DESA’s Statistics Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, African Development Bank, African Union Commission and UNFPA.

The Conference will aim at taking stock of the population and housing censuses in Africa in the period 2005-2014 and provide a regional input for a global assessment of the census round.

For more information:
Calendar of events of DESA’s Statistics Division

Improving public service delivery in LDCs

DPADM convened an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) titled “Transfer and adaptation of innovative practices for improved public service delivery in Least Developed Countries (LDCs)”, from 25 to 26 February in New York

DPADM expert group meetingExperts discussed the implementation strategy for a new project launched by DPADM in early 2013 that aims to build the capacity of the public sector in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) so as to deliver quality services equitably through the transfer and adaptation of innovative public administration practices.

The experts recommended that DESA and its implementing United Nations partners, namely, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), implement the project by using a collaborative governance approach.

This approach proposes to involve actors from the government, private and civil sectors of LDCs that will be benefiting from the project while prioritizing those innovations in public service delivery that are best suited to assist the recipient LDCs to achieve the MDG targets. 

They further recommended that, in identifying relevant innovations, specific attention should be paid to simplicity, cost effectiveness and sustainability of recommended innovations, as well as those innovations that have enhanced potential to employ local human capital and encourage ownership on the part of the local counterparts.

For more information:

EGM “Transfer and Adaptation of Innovative Practices for Improved Public Service Delivery in LDCs”