African Centre for Statistics

ECA hailed for commitment to improving statistics on the continent

Gaborone, Botswana, 19 February 2014 (ECA) - The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) was repeatedly hailed for its commitment and contribution to improving statistical institutions and systems on the continent.
During a seminar ‘Facts and Fiction of Africa’s Statistics Narrative’ on the second day of the 5-day 9th African Symposium on Statistical Development (ASSD) in Botswana, ECA took centre stage as different discussants made reference to its commitment to statistics through consistent initiatives including the establishment of the African Centre for Statistics (

Africa must step up on statistics

Gaborone, Botswana, 18 February 2014 (ECA) -  Addressing more than 400 delegates at the official opening of the 9th African Symposium on Statistical Development (ASSD) in the capital of Botswana Gaborone, yesterday, Vice President of the Republic of Botswana Ponatshego Kedikwe said Africa needed to step up with the rest of the world in strengthening institutional systems and frameworks for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS). 
He called the poor state of vital statistical records a scandal of invisibility in which many citizen's existence are unaccounted f

Facts and fiction of Africa's Statistics Narrative

Gaborone, Botswana, February 18 2014  (ECA) - The book ‘Poor numbers: How we are mislead by African Development Statistics and what to do about it’ came under heavy criticism at a seminar last night organised by the 9th Symposium on Statistical Development in Africa (ASSD), in Gaborone, Botswana.

But the author, Morten Jerven was there to defend his book.


Experts to meet on Mobile Technologies for Data Collection and Statistics

Addis Ababa, 15 March 2014 (ECA) - The African Centre for Statistics (ACS) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in partnership with the secretariat of the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (INECV), are organizing  a “Regional Workshop on the Use of  Mobile Technologies for Data Collection and Statistical Production in Africa.”