Country priorities for data development: what does history tell us?

Research reports and studies
June 2015
Amina Khan, Joseph Wales and Elizabeth Stuart
Foreign donors can be instrumental in building effective statistical capacity but run the risk of driving through their own agendas, rather than following a national strategy.

To make this less likely, this report considers the question: what are country priorities and how should they condition donor investments in statistcs? 

The evolution of statistical systems in three middle-income countries, South Africa, Pakistan and Mexico, is explored to highlight the key lessons learned in each case. 

The paper concludes by calling on donors and governments to step-up their investments to ensure no one is left uncounted, and therefore left behind.

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