Rwf5BN to support statistics development

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Rwf5BN to support statistics development

Minister of State in charge of Economic Planning Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana and the Head of DFID Rwanda office, Laure Beaufils signing an agreement

The United Kingdom through the Department for International Development (DFID) has offered £4.5 million (approximately Rwf5 billion) to support the second National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS2).

The deal was signed today in Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Rwanda and the UK governments which was represented by Minister of State in charge of Economic Planning Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana and the Head of DFID Rwanda office, Laure Beaufils.

The three year support will enhance, strengthen and sustain the capacity of the National Institute for Statistics in Rwanda (NISR) and the National Statistical System (NSS) to meet immediate data needs for monitoring EDPRS2 as well as future statistical needs.

The grant will facilitate provision of high quality statistical information to determine efficient and effective allocation of public services for poverty reduction and overall development.

It will also strengthen Rwanda’s national statistics as an essential element of Rwanda’s evolving programmatic approach for evidence-based decision-making.

“This support will ensure quality and timely dissemination of key statistics that will support evidence based policy formulation.” said Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana.

Beaufils noted that statistics were essential in providing evidence that helps in policy development.

“Statistics facilitates decision making across all sectors of government. They give clear picture of development challenges and tell us if policies are working or not,” Beaufils said.

Last week, the United Kingdom through the Department For International Development (DFID) also signed a four year financial agreement worth £34 million (approximately Rwf36.3 billion) for agriculture transformation in Rwanda.

 

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