The World Bank (WB) has approved a US$62 million grant to Mozambique to improve the production and dissemination of quality socio-economic statistics and to support the use this data in policy-making, the agency said.
The statement issued by the World Bank stresses that the high economic growth that Mozambique has experienced in the last decades did not translate into a proportional reduction of poverty, so there is a need for timely and high quality statistical data to design economic policies that adequately address poverty and regional disparities.
Mark Lundell, director of the World Bank for Mozambique, said in the statement that the institution intends to “strengthen the basis of a virtuous cycle that consists of the production of statistics that are better quality and are available to the interested parties, through their regular use in policymaking, and resulting in an increasing commitment to transparency and accountability on the part of the government.”
The components of this project include strengthening the capacity of the National Institute of Statistics, data collection (including the upcoming 2017 population and housing census and new household surveys), analysis and dissemination, planning and data management of development aid.
The project is consistent with the objectives of the World Bank’s strategy for Mozambique for 2017-2021 to fill data gaps in the key areas needed to track progress in poverty reduction as well as efforts to achieve sustainable development objectives. (macauhub)