Technical assistance and capacity building to Liberia institutes of statistics & geoinfo (lISGIS)
- Reference: P-LR-KF0-008
- Approval date: 11/11/2013
- Start date: 04/02/2015
- Appraisal Date: 01/07/2013
- Status: OngoingOnGo
- Implementing Agency: --
- Location: LIBERIA INSTIT OF STATS & GEO-INFO SYS
The overall goal of the project is to enhance the institutional capacity of LISGIS as a prime, authoritative agency of Government to establish, develop and maintain a holistic integrated national statistical spatial database and systems as well as monitor and conduct supervision to allow for provision of gender and geographical sensitive analysis of statistical information for overall national socio-economic reconstruction and development. The main objectives of the project are to strengthen the institutional and staff capacity of LISGIS; and conduct, publish and disseminate the Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES), and other related surveys such as; National Accounts Survey, the Core Welfare Indicators Questionnaire (CWIQ) survey and Liberia Demographic and Health Survey (LDHS).
LISGIS was created by The Statistics Act of 2004 as an autonomous agency to produce and disseminate accurate and timely human development and environment friendly statistical and geo-information on Liberia for strategic advocacy, policy development, monitoring of trends and mobilisation of resources for the full implementation of national development programmes. In the context of Liberia National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (LNSDS) 2008-2012, LISGIS is tasked to conduct and implement HIES and other key surveys and rebuilding of most major statistical series, databases, and survey instruments.
The project will result in: timely production of quality data and its dissemination for effective use in evidence-based policy planning, monitoring and evaluation. The HIES survey will generate baseline data, and key statistical data on incomes, expenditure, poverty levels, the consumer price index, agricultural production and social indicators. These indicators will be used to monitor and evaluate developmental effectiveness of Liberia's national development strategy, the Agenda for Transformation 2012-2017 and the Bank's Country Strategy Paper 2013-2017 for Liberia
The Project consists of mainly three interrelated components, namely;
(i) Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building;
(ii) HIES Data Analysis and Reporting; and
(iii) HIES Data Dissemination and Effective Use. Their details are as follows:
Component I- Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building- The objective of this component is to enhance the institutional capacity of LISGIS to conduct HIES and generate information for AfT and CSP monitoring and evaluation. It will also strengthen technical capacities of statistical agencies through provision of technical assistance to develop statistical strategies. The activities under this component are: develop Human Resource Strategy; establish national guidelines for the consistent use of statistical techniques by sectors; internet access upgrade; technical assistance to develop statistical strategies for each key ministries and agencies (ten key ministries and five public institutions); management training in team-building; performance management; technical training in CS-Pro, STATA and SPSS; training in analysis of HIES Modules (National Accounts, Consumer Price Index, Agricultural Statistics, Poverty Statistics, and Social Statistics); training in survey design, survey planning, questionnaire design, sampling, data collection, data processing, sampling weight estimation, and geo-information systems. The technical staff will also be trained in HIES data interpretation and generation of social indicators for AfT and CSP performance monitoring.
Component II-HIES Data Analysis and Reporting-This component is aimed at technical analysis of the five key modules of the HIES (National Accounts, Consumer Price Index, Agricultural Statistics, Poverty Statistics, and Social Statistics) and produce statistical reports from each of the modules. With technical guidance from experts (consultants) that will be engaged for each module, LISGIS technical staff will benefit from knowledge and skills transfer and hands-on experience in the technical analysis of HIES. It also aims at increasing the pool of statisticians to support the work of LISGIS and statistical agencies and ministries in the country. LISGIS and the University of Liberia have agreed to develop an in-service training program to train at least 100 staff over three years, conduct annual trainings for county officers, and develop a statistics degree program at University of Liberia. This will be achieved through delivery of short courses in statistics at the University of Liberia by consultants that will be hired to undertake the statistical analysis of the HIES.
HIES Data Dissemination and Effective Use-The objective of this component is to effectively disseminate the HIES Reports and sensitize key interest groups at national and county level on the implications of the report through multi-stakeholder workshops and internet including the Bank supported Open Data Portal. The sensitization programme aims to enhance the effective use of key findings of the HIES exercise by international organisations, civil society, parliamentary, Executive, academia, key ministries and agencies and opinion leaders as well as track the implementation of the AfT and the CSP. The key activities to achieve this are: publication of copies of five HIES Modular Reports, holding of multi-stakeholder workshops at national and county level, monitoring and evaluation of the AfT and CSP developmental outcomes and impacts.
The main objectives of the project are to strengthen the institutional and staff capacity of LISGIS; and conduct, publish and disseminate the Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES), and other related surveys such as; National Accounts Survey, the Core Welfare Indicators Questionnaire (CWIQ) survey and Liberia Demographic and Health Survey (LDHS)
Over the period 2002-2013, the Bank has implemented three phases of a region-wide Technical Assistance Program for Statistical Capacity Building (SCB) involving 52 African countries and more recently South Sudan and Somalia. In Liberia, the Bank has provided support for LISGIS to compile infrastructure statistics, an assessment of civil registration and vital statistics, and the collection of household and non-household consumer expenditure data as well as the compilation of GDP broken down by Basic Headings. Although some progress has been made in capacity building over the years, LISGIS as well as many other national statistical systems in most RMCs remain weak. This is manifested in the absence and/or inadequacy of quality statistical information critical for the management of national development strategies, economic and political governance, accountability, and evidence-based decision making.
The April 2013 review of the Liberia National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) 2008-2012 by Paris 21 identified serious institutional and staff capacity constraints. There are no national guidelines for the consistent use of statistical techniques by sectors in place, internet access is weak, key statistical institutions do not have statistical strategies. Staff lack technical skills in CS-Pro, STATA and SPSS and analysis of HIES Modules (National Accounts, Consumer Price Index, Agricultural Statistics, Poverty Statistics, and Social Statistics). LISGIS lacks ability to interpret and generate HIES information on social indicators for AfT and CSP performance monitoring. The dissemination programme is weak to allow for effective use of HIES key findings and track the implementation of the AfT and the CSP by international organisations, civil societies, parliamentary, Executive, academia, key ministries and agencies and opinion leaders. The proposed HIES program, among others, seeks to address such shortcomings.
The technical staff of LISGIS are little equipped with knowledge and skills to analyse the key modules of the HIES. In addition, IMF and World Bank will provide technical experts to assist with the analysis of HIES modules and their support will not focus on staff capacity building. The technical knowledge and skills within LISGIS are insufficient to analyse data from the key modules of the HIES and other surveys. The essence of this support is to provide technical staff with much needed skills in design of surveys, analysis of data from complex surveys such as the HIES and in use of statistical packages such as STATA, SPSS, and CS-Pro for analysis.
In view of the above capacity challenges, the proposed project seeks to strengthen LISGIS's capacity to efficiently manage the implementation of the HIES and other surveys.
The Bank is uniquely positioned to effectively support LISGIS' capacity building through the HIES. As noted above, the Bank has supported the implementation of similar projects in many African countries with some positive results. It is also currently the single largest provider of statistical capacity building on the continent, including in all RMCs, sub-regional organizations (RECs), and statistical training centers. The Bank's leadership provided the framework for the engagement of other development partners in a more coordinated way to provide statistical capacity building assistance in Africa.
Furthermore, the design was informed by technical inputs from the Bank Group Statistics Department (ESTA). These inputs were based on lessons drawn from ESTA's overall support program for statistical development in Liberia and Africa as whole. During 2013, ESTA has contributed USD96 ,000 toward the HIES pilot in August-October, and another USD137,000 toward the HIES main survey which is expected to commence in December 2013. During 2012-2013, ESTA also allocated USD400,000 toward other statistical capacity building activities of a regional public good nature (i.e. activities that benefit all RMCs, such as the International Comparison Program, Survey Skills Development Training, Agricultural Statistics, Labour Statistics, etc.) of which Liberia was also a beneficiary.
The beneficiaries of the project, direct and indirect, will primarily be the management and staff of LISGIS and county-level statistical staff. Key ministries and agencies, such as Finance, Education, Health and Social Welfare, and Agriculture and the Executive, parliament and academia will benefit from the availability of the HIES data which will inform policy and programme implementation within the context of the AfT. Similarly, civil society, opinion leaders and Liberia's cooperating and development partners, such as the African Development Bank, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID and the European Union will benefit from the availability of HIES findings which will assist them to assess the contribution of their assistance to Liberia's development.
The project is expected to have a positive impact on gender inclusion. Currently, there is lack of gender disaggregated data at the national level and a general lack of understanding among producers of statistics of the need for gender-related statistics. Under this project, the HIES data analysis will aim to produce gender disaggregated information so that gender imbalances in the implementation of the national development strategy can be addressed. The gender disaggregated data will therefore benefit women and girls of Liberia as it will make it possible for government, development partners, and other stakeholders to prepare strategies and programmes that take into account the development challenges that girls and women face in Liberia. In addition, the proposed management and technical training activities, will consider gender dimensions in the selection of trainees.
NABALAMBA Alice Joy - ESTA2