24-26 September 2007
The Human Development Report Office (HDRO) in partnership with the Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) is collaborating on a statistical capacity building initiative to support Human Development Report (HDR) teams and partners on human development measurement issues - through a Regional Technical Workshop on Measuring Human Development.
The first of two regional workshops in Africa will be held at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi on 24-26 September, 2007. The workshop will follow the publication of a Statistical Primer on HD Measurement which will be a key reference during this workshop.
Since the first HDR was produced in Bangladesh in 1992, over 575 sub-national, national and regional HDRs have been produced in more than 135 countries or regions. HDRs are a unique, nationally owned product, written by national experts. The HDRs often contain data not previously published. They help meet the demand for collection, analysis and dissemination of statistical data needed to monitor the Millennium Development Goals and other human development objectives.
Evidence based on discussions with HDR teams in Sub-Saharan Africa indicate in particular a need for support on human development measurement issues, focusing on: (i) increased use of disaggregated data to foster evidence based, people-centred planning, and (ii) enhanced rigour of human development analysis on which policy proposals are based.
In response to this need for increased statistical support, HDRO in collaboration with RBA proposes organizing a Regional Technical Workshop on Measuring Human Development in sub-Saharan Africa, which aims to increase understanding on the use of statistics for human development policy planning.
The main objective of the workshop is to contribute to increased quality and impact of HDRs in the region. The idea is to encourage innovative measurement work whilst adhering to statistical standards. Through technical guidance, substantive exchanges and the sharing of experiences the workshop will seek to develop the competencies to promote and advocate for human development policies based on reliable data. The scope of the workshop will be to build on the outcome of the 2005 regional HDR workshop held in Zambia, and to delve deeper into the issues of human development measurement.
The Regional Technical Workshop on Measuring Human Development will draw directly on the contents of the Primer on Measuring HD. The Primer follows the lines of the HDR Toolkit, providing guidelines, basic statistical principles, country examples and concrete tools. The Regional Technical Workshop will address issues related to the human development composite indices, use of statistics and indicators, methodological and data challenges, and ultimately to contribute to the ongoing evolution of human development indicators to better capture country-specific situations.
The Regional Technical Workshop aims to:
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