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    SADC Regional Strategy for Development of Statistics 2013-2018 (Final).pdf

    The Regional Strategy for Development of Statistics (RSDS) is designed to improve development outcomes and governance by strengthening national statistical systems in the region. In particular, it is intended to: raise awareness of the critical role of statistical information in planning, policy research, monitoring, and evaluation; promote its greater use and adoption for evidence-based decision making; and improve capacity for statistical production and the sustainability of statistical information systems in the region in line with international best practice and norms, using relevant state-of-the-art technological innovations.

    The SADC Statistical Strategy Document, approved by Council in September 1998, has thus far been the operating framework for the regional statistical system. It has, however, become outdated and has also not been fully aligned to the needs of the RISDP and SIPO policy frameworks which were adopted later in 2003 and 2008, respectively. Therefore the need for updated regional Strategy has been apparent and was also duly acknowledged and noted SADC Council during its meetings, held in Kinshasa, DRC, and Windhoek, Namibia in September 2009 and August 2010, respectively. Given this situation, various measures towards the design and development of the Regional Strategy for Development of Statistics (RSDS) have been undertaken within the framework of activities of the SADC Statistics Committee and Secretariat. Among these are the: mobilisation of necessary resources through the Capacity Building for Regional Integration (CBRI) program; situation analysis and statistical user-needs assessment undertaken at Secretariat during February to April, 2011; formation of the SADC Statistics Committee Task Force, in June 2011 to support the development of the Strategy; and drafting of the Strategy during the period July 2011 to June 2012. 

    In summary, this RSDS Document defines and articulates the: priority regional statistical needs to serve the Integration and Development Agenda; current state of the SADC Regional Statistical System including its the main components, strengths, weaknesses, and main challenges; main strategic thrusts for statistical development for the period 2013 – 2018 including the vision, mission, core values, main strategic themes, objectives, and results; and tentative Implementation Strategy including the envisaged programme of activities for the six-year period, the institutional framework, and proposed monitoring and evaluation framework.