Data Analysis and Analytical Report Writing Workshop

Directorate of National Statistics supported by UNFPA technical team is conducting workshop to provide the ministry staff with practical experience of census/survey analysis, interpretation of data and analytical report writing.

On behalf of the Federal Government, the Director General of National Statistics Mr. Ahmed Elmi Muhumad welcomed the participants and thanked the UNFPA for supporting the training  and providing the technical expertise  and facilities for organizing  the  training. He also commended the strides taken by  the Somali authorities for their commitment to attain sufficient capacity to independently undertake full range of basic statistical functions. The capacity of statistical staff to analyse data as well draft statistical reports of international standards.

Ms. Mariam Alwi, population and Development focal point for UNFPA Somalia Office stated that the training initiative is a milestone in UNFPA ‘s continued commitment to supporting Somali Federal Government to enhance the capacities of staff in the Planning Ministry especially the National Statistics Directorate in methods of census/survey data analysis, interpretation and report writing as agreed upon in the data editing and generation of tables workshop held in Entebbe. It also follows the presentation of the draft PESS analytical report outline made to the authorities in the high level task force meeting in Naivasha.

She urged  the participants to work hard and muster skills so as to be able to get  knowledge of on the importance of Data analysis and use of infographics in analytical report.

In this exercise, staff from the different directorates (Planning, International Cooperation and Statistics) of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation will be trained hands-on to prepare a national report on demographic and socio economic characteristics of the Somali people based on the 2014 Population Estimation Survey.

The objectives of the workshop is to build the capacity of government staff through hands-on analysis of data on the Somali population size and distribution, education characteristics, labour participation, population mobility, household asset ownership, fertility and mortality and to Present and discuss the importance of using infographics; graphs, charts, diagrams, in analytical reports and demonstrate techniques that can be used.

Data Grid Second Policy Brief

This second issue of our Policy brief addresses the issue of global development goals in relation to Somalia. Data Grid launched its First policy brief in September 2015 with a briefing titled “Keeping the promise: Investing in Somali Youth.” The inaugural brief looked into a pressing issue of Somalia Youth and called on the government and development partners to deliver on the promise of investing in youth for a better Somalia.

Data Grid’s Policy Brief is a regular publication that looks at specific issues in Somalia in a format that is appealing for the busy, quick reader but contains substantial information and insights to make it a preferred research tool providing quality policy analysis and recommendations.

This issue reflects on the Millennium Developments Goals and looks ahead to the next 15 years with the new set of goals. On 25th September this year, 193-Member United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of bold new Global Goals, hailed as a universal, inte- grated and transformative vision for a better world.

The Goals aim to build on the work of the historic Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which in September 2000, rallied the world around a common 15- year agenda to tackle the indignity of poverty.

Every one of the limited data sources on Somalia Indicate that Somalia was off target in meeting all of 8 MDGs as indicated in the following info graphics data sourced from UNDP Somalia Millennium Development Goals Progress Report.

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Somalia is celebrating World Statistics Day

Acknowledging the fundamental importance of sustainable national statistical capacity to produce reliable and timely statistics and indicators measuring a country’s progress for informed policy decision-making and for monitoring the development at the national an Zonal level , the directorate of Somali National Statistics takes pleasure in joining the rest of the world in celebrating on the occasion of world statistics Day.

An event with expert users and producers of official statistics, the Deputy Prime Minister, Director Generals of all the 25 Ministries, representatives from regional authorities, Universities, NGOs and Civil societies participated in round table Conference around the theme “advocating for improved statistical system for planning and policy formulation. Better Data”. The event also featured the presentations of (Importance, Achievements and challenges of National statistics office, History of Statistics and IDPs).

The Deputy Prime Minister, H.E Mohamed Omar Arteh: “it is necessary to strengthen the national statistical system and enhance capacity for sustainable development in order to produce comprehensive set of integrated statistics and provide high quality of information for evidence based decision making, Statistical information is more important than ever before to measure the social, economic and environmental performance of our nation“. He also said “we should take very serious on the importance of reliable data for the country to be on track for not only SDG but also for the National Development Plan, debt relief and other efforts to reduce poverty.

The Deputy Minister of Planning and International Cooperation H.E Prof Abdullahi Sheikh Ali: “Acknowledged “the hard work of the Directorate of National Statistics staff and it its primary commitment over the years, including, last year, the collection and processing of Population Estimation Survey (PESS) 2013-2014 and the Somali high frequency survey among others“.

The Director General of National Statistics Mr. Ahmed Elmi Muhumad: mentioned the “difficult task of meeting the growing demand for statistical information”. He also emphasized “the importance of reliable data for National development and decision making.

Federal Government of Somalia launches National Development Plan

The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation is pleased that the Deputy Prime Minister H.E Mohamed Omar Arte has launched the National Development Plan on Saturday, October 17, 2017. This Plan will cover 2017 – 2019 and it will be implemented after the successful implementation of the New Deal Compact, which is coming to an end in the last quarter of 2016.

The Deputy Prime Minister underscored the need for participatory consultation process and a plan that is underpinned by inclusivity. “This National development Plan must be linked to all Somalis and particularly to the youth and the marginalized, ” he said.

The Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, H.E. Abdi Aynte explains, “The purpose of the National Development Plan is to provide guidance to the national authorities and the international partners to Somalia in shaping a medium term strategic framework to build upon our achievements of the past few years, further strengthen the (emerging) state structures, create the favourable environment for private and non-government sector development, and – importantly – bring the benefits of the development efforts to the citizens.”

The Federal Government of Somalia has committed itself to develop a new comprehensive medium-term National Development Plan in which all citizens of this country will participate. The plan will be compliant Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (iPRSP) and aligned with the newly adopted Global Sustainable Goals (SDG).

The economic activity in Somalia is estimated to have expanded with real GDP rising by 3.7 during 2014 with CPI rising by only 1.3 percent. In some areas, (social) service delivery has improved, but more work is required to improve the overall conditions of the society. The National Development Plan will address some of the pressing economic, political and social issues.

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