Two new SRF proposals for Lao PDR (US$8 million) and Senegal (US$2.2 million) have been sent to the members of the Statistical Capacity Building Committee for their review and approval.
The Statistics for Results Facility (SRF) is a product of recent global discussions on scaling up support for statistics, and is in line with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, advocating strong commitments to harmonize and align aid delivery by the donor community. Its goal is to increase developing countries’ capacity to formulate development policies and for evidence-based decision making through sustained improvement in production, availability, quality, and use of statistics for managing and measuring development results. The aim of the Statistics for Results Facility Catalytic Fund (SRF-CF) is to support this goal. More specifically, the SRF Catalytic Fund aims to:
Stimulate support for implementing National Statistical Plans (National Strategies for the Development of Statistics, NSDS or similar statistical development plans);
Promote a system-wide approach in statistics at country level;
Promote improved coordination and partnership between statistics users and statistical producers; and
Deliver more efficient and effective aid and technical assistance for strengthening statistical systems and results measurement.
The SRF-CF has been established for an initial pilot phase, with contributions from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. To launch its operations, the SRF-CF selected a few pilot countries to apply for SRF-CF grants. Following an evaluation of the pilot phase, the SRF-CF may be broadened to include additional countries.
A country requesting support from the SRF-CFT must have a National Statistical Plan and be willing to establish a National Partnership in Statistics, if one does not exist. More specifically, eligible countries must agree to:
Exercise leadership over their statistical development by developing a good quality – comprehensive, realistic, prioritized, and costed – National Statistical Plan;
Allocate resources and carry out necessary administrative reforms for proper implementation of the National Statistical Plan;
Take lead in coordinating donor and government support to statistics – through the creation of national partnerships (more on partnerships below);
Put into effect the UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, in particular to ensure that users have confidence in the quality and integrity of national statistics; and
Monitor progress in statistics and statistical capacity, based on output and outcome indicators.
To promote good practice, the SRF-CF encourages donors to agree on a number of principles in the area of statistics, based on the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. These include:
Respect country leadership in implementation of National Statistical Plan;
Support nationally-agreed statistical priorities, thereby, avoid donor driven activities;
Deliver statistical support in a harmonized and coordinated manner, based on program-based approaches; and
Assist countries in their efforts to set up results-oriented measurement frameworks for sector development plans (including Poverty Reduction Strategies).
The SRF-CF encourages the establishment of a multi-stakeholder group - aNational Partnership in statistics, to promote improved collaboration andcoordination in the area of statistics.
Its objectives include agreeing on a costed and prioritized action plan to implement the National Statistical Plan, assist in developing proposal and financing arrangements for the implementation of the plan, coordinate all support to statistics while ensuring adherence to priorities, and monitor progress in implementation of the agreed plan.
The exact composition of the partnership group will differ among countries, but should include representatives from government, development partners involved in statistics, academia and civil society. The leadership of the Group is shared by a lead government agency and a designated lead donor.