DESA News Vol. 13, No. 10 October 2009

Capacity development

Helping to disseminate census data

Workshop on CensusInfo in the context of the 2010 World Programme for Population and Housing Censuses will take place from 12-15 October in Georgetown, Guyana

DESA’s Statistics Division, in partnership with UNICEF and UNFPA, has developed a free software package, CensusInfo to help countries to disseminate census data on CD-ROM and on the web. CensusInfo offers specific functionalities to enhance census data dissemination, including a user-friendly interface, template reports for presentation of data at any geographical level, as well as graphing and mapping facilities.

CensusInfo can be customized, in terms of the graphical layout, the list of statistics/indicators and geographical levels for data presentation. CensusInfo was officially launched at the 40th session of the Statistical Commission in February 2009 and is available on-line.

The overall purpose of the Workshop, organized by DESA’s Statistics Division and CARICOM Secretariat, is to develop participants’ capacities to use CensusInfo to its full potential as a platform for disseminating census data.

The workshop has been designed using an outcome-based training methodology consisting of a series of demonstrations followed by practical exercises. The sessions include designing and creating templates and databases to house country-specific census data, learning various data administration utilities including data exchange to facilitate uploading of data into the CensusInfo system, and generating relevant tables, graphs, maps, reports and profiles for reporting purposes.

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Delivering as one

Inter-governmental Meeting of “Programme Country Pilots” on Delivering as one: Exchange of Experiences, Lessons Learned, and Approaches to Country-led Evaluations from 19 to 21 October.

The meeting, which will take place in Kigali, hosted by the Government of the Republic of Rwanda with support from the United Nations, will bring together the eight programme country pilots on ‘Delivering as One’ as well as a few countries with similar experiences, to share important insights on progress in the implementation of the “Delivering as One” initiative, in line with the General Assembly’s resolutions on operational activities for development.

The objectives of the meeting are to provide an opportunity for the governments of the programme country pilots to further exchange experiences and lessons learned from their “Delivering as One” initiatives and deepen their reflection, building on the meeting held in Maputo, Mozambique, in May 2008 and to discuss approaches to country-led evaluations.

The meeting is expected to produce a "Statement of outcome and recommendations on the way forward" on “Delivering as One” and will be attended by the Deputy Secretary-General who will deliver a statement at the opening session.

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Managing and disseminating data in Africa

A Regional Workshop on Data Management will be held in Kampala from 26 to 30 October

The workshop will bring together representatives from National Statistical Offices (NSOs), sub-regional, regional, and international organizations with special interest in data management and dissemination in Africa. The main purposes of the workshop are to provide a forum for exchange of information on the emerging issues in statistical data management and dissemination; promote the use of statistical databases and dissemination of data on the web; and share experiences and best practices in statistical data management and data dissemination in the countries and sub-regional organizations.

The workshop is organized by the African Centre for Statistics (ACS), with the support of the DESA’s Statistics Division, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the African Union Commission (AUC), in close collaboration with the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) and the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS).

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Methods and systems of evaluation in civil service

A workshop on the Implementation of a System for Management and Evaluation of the Performance of the Public Service took place in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, between 7 and 10 September

DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) held a training seminar for high level officials from the Ministries of Public Administration of Latin America titled "United Nations Workshop on the Implementation of a System for Management and Evaluation of the Performance of the Public Service". The workshop was held from 7 to 10 September in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, in cooperation with the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) and the Ministry of Public Administration of Spain.

The event was attended by 32 participants from Latin America, most of them responsible for the civil service in their countries (ministers, vice-ministers and directors of the civil service). Thirteen countries made presentations on the methods and systems of evaluation in their respective civil services.

Evaluation of performance of the civil service has been identified as a key element in the implementation of the principles contained in the Ibero-American Charter of Public Service. This training workshop is part of a series of trainings being organized and conducted by DPADM in an effort to strengthen the civil service in the region through the Charter. This effort sets an example and is an inspiration to other regions of the world. DPADM is committed to converting all trainings organized on the implementation of the Charter to an on-line format, thereby making it available to all civil servants around the globe.

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