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18 November 2015

Improving African national statistical systems will change lives

Better data for better lives Data should be the basis for decision making. Better data relates to better lives through better policies, programmes, and bet
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Written by Wilbrod Ntawiha

27 October 2015

What does the new extreme poverty data show?

New World Bank data leaves our understanding of the distribution of extreme poverty and projections largely unchanged, but confirms past global poverty tar
20 October 2015

What to do with one and a half billion dollars...

In developed countries poverty and its effects are counted by national and local government departments using data collected in the course of the planning,

Written by Bill Anderson

Knowledge & Innovation Lead

6 October 2015

Humanitarian assistance to fragile states is often volatile and unpredictable

Aid provided to fragile and conflict-affected states is often volatile and unpredictable. Across all 70 countries classified as fragile states in 2013, 36
5 October 2015

Five reasons why ending poverty will be tougher than halving it has been

In late September, the UN General Assembly ratified the Sustainable Development Goals. These are a new set of global goals established to replace the Mille

2 October 2015

The World Bank is changing the $1.25-a-day measure of extreme poverty

What is changing and what does it mean? The long-standing global benchmark indicator of $1.25 a day used for measuring and monitoring progress on extreme p
4 September 2015

Functioning birth registration systems are lacking in most African countries

Civil registration of births is essential for both statistical and administrative purposes. The data collected is needed to determine population size and u
4 September 2015

Gap between the best- and worst-funded UN-coordinated appeals widens

In 2014 the gap between the best- and worst-funded appeals (Ukraine and Nigeria, respectively) grew to 78% in 2014, the widest since 2008. Funding to five
1 September 2015

Quantifying the challenges facing the Data Revolution in Africa: A first attempt

The job of statisticians is to make the best sense they can of the data available to them. By and large they do a good job. National Statistics Offices pla

Written by Bill Anderson

Knowledge & Innovation Lead