Rwamagana - The National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) is calling for a harmonised system in compilation and collection of administrative data at district and sector levels to address gaps in the current system.
“We lose a lot of money on surveys because our administrative statistical collections are not strong,” said Odette Mbabazi, NISR Deputy Director General, while presenting district and sector situational assessment report conducted by the body.
NISR officials told authorities in the Eastern Province yesterday that improved statistical management would reduce huge government expenditure on surveys.
The survey, first done in agriculture, civil registration, education and health areas, found gaps in current compilation and collection of administrative data at district and sector levels.
Mbabazi pointed out that low statistical capacity of districts remain a major setback in production of reliable and harmonised statistics.
“Sustainable development must be based on good planning...you thus need reliable indicators or statistics. Statistics help in measuring planned activities and performance contracts (Imihigo),” she said.
Mbabazi added that after the assessment NISR will work closely with other stakeholders, to reduce constraints in districts.
“We shall work on improving capacity in all areas, so that there is uniformity in statistical collection. Proper filing systems and data collection tools will be availed to districts.”
Boniface Ntirenganya, the provincial Director of Planning, seconded Mbabazi, saying a harmonised system in districts would be the baseline for planning and decision making for districts, ministries and other institutions.
“Administrative data should be a priority. It is vital in strategic planning and decision making process. The concern cannot thus be overemphasised,” he said.
The one-day workshop was attended among others by all Directors of planning and Executive Secretaries in the province.