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The Marrakech Action Plan for Statistics: Background

The first  Roundtable on Results in 2002 concluded that greater statistical support is needed at international and national levels to improve the measurement of key development indicators. In response,a PARIS21 Task Team on Improved Support for Monitoring Development Goals  was launched and various studies were conducted to identify priority actions. In June 2003, an International Conference on Improving Statistics for Measuring Development Outcomes was held, where emerging findings from the PARIS21 studies were discussed. In February 2004, the Marrakech Action Plan for Statistics was agreed at the Second International Roundtable for Managing for Development Results. Thia plan is based on short and medium-term actions consistent with long-term, sustainable improvements in national and international statistical capacity. The actions are interdependent: improvements in national statistical systems will lead to improved international statistics, while a more effective international system could provide more consistent advice and better support for improving national statistics.

  The implementation of MAPS is estimated to cost an additional $148 million per year in total.

  • Action 1: Mainstream strategic planning - $10m
  • Action 2: Prepare for 2010 census round - $5m
  • Action 3: Implement strategies (NSDS) - $118m
  • Action 4: Set up Household Survey Network - $5m
  • Action 5: Improve MDG monitoring – $8m
  • Action 6: Improve international accountability – n/a

Most activities will build on existing national and international work programs. In the World Bank, instruments such as TFSCB (financed by donors) and STATCAP are expected to continue and expand. In 2006, the World Bank’s Development Grant Facility approved about $7.5 million per year to support statistical capacity building, including the implementation of MAPS. For details of this program, click  here.


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