DESA News Vol. 12, No. 12 December 2008

Technical cooperation

Improving civil registration and vital statistics in the SADC region

Experts will meet in Blantyre, Malawi from 1 to 5 December to strengthen their national statistical capacity to support the Internationally Agreed Development Goals

Within the framework of the project “Strengthening statistical capacity-building in support of progress towards the Internationally Agreed Development Goals in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region”, DESA’s Statistics Division in collaboration with SADC, is organizing a workshop on the improvement of civil registration and vital statistics.

The workshop will provide training to SADC countries on the implementation of the United Nations guidelines and international standards on civil registration and vital statistics in terms of concepts, definitions, data collection methods and compilation. It will also assess the current status of the civil registration and vital statistics system in SADC countries and identify gaps to be filled. Furthermore, the workshop will review national capacities to produce and provide national vital statistics to DESA’s Statistics Division through the Demographic Yearbook questionnaire.

A special emphasis will be placed on assessing the functioning and efficiency of the exchange of information between data sources (civil registration) and producers (national statistical authorities) of vital statistics.

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Population and housing censuses in Eastern Europe

Regional workshop in Minsk, Belarus from 8 to 12 December will focus on international standards, contemporary technologies for census mapping and data processing

The 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses aims to ensure that each Member State conducts a population and housing census at least once in the period from 2005 to 2014 and disseminates the results. The programme recognizes population and housing censuses as one of the main sources of data for effective development planning and objective decision making.

The purpose of this workshop is to present international standards for conducting population and housing censuses and to highlight the significant capabilities of contemporary technologies and their use in census mapping activities and data capture. More specifically, the Workshop will cover the revised international standards for conducting population and housing censuses and provide international recommendations on census planning and management.

The workshop will also focus on new approaches in census geography, including the use of Geographical Information Systems and Global Positioning Systems in census mapping, feature new technologies for census data capture, and discuss the process stages for data capture.

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Developing indicators for the MDG objective of poverty eradication

DESA training workshop in Nairobi from 15 to 17 December aims to develop indicators for performance monitoring

Facilitated by DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management, the workshop will be organized in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) objective of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. It will introduce to the concept of Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation (RBME) and of Strategic Results Framework (SRF) for institutions and teach participants how to develop indicators for performance monitoring at the institutional, project and programme level. It will also address methodological issues in RBME and conduct group practice sessions.

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