C4D2-Training: Working with regional statistics training centers to improve household surveys in Africa


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Household surveys are an important source of development data, but in low- and middle-income countries the capacity to conduct and analyze them varies widely. To help address this issue, the World Bank’s Rome-based hub for innovation in household surveys and agricultural statistics—the Center for Development Data (C4D2)—and several Italian partners launched the C4D2 Training Program to increase the capacity of lecturers from statistical training centers in Africa to design and implement sound and modern household surveys.

Participants listening to a presentation by the Bank of Italy on Measuring Wealth

The Program’s first initiative, a week-long training course on “Designing Household Surveys to Measure Poverty” was held from November 27 to December 1 in Perugia, Italy, at facilities provided by the Bank of Italy. Participants included lecturers from the Eastern African Statistics Training Center, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d'Economie Appliquée, and experts from the African Center for Statistics of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Instructors included staff from the World Bank, the Bank of Italy, the Italian National Institute of Statistics, and the Italian Institute of Health. The Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development is providing funding for this initiative.

The course covered key questions related to the design of household surveys for poverty analysis, focusing on consumption-based measures of poverty. It also discussed the main approaches to poverty measurement, with separate sessions on survey and questionnaire design options for measuring food and non-food components of consumption expenditures, including durables, housing, health, and education expenditures.

The “Designing Household Surveys to Measure Poverty” course is part of the broader C4D2 Training Program, which focuses on the “training of trainers” by targeting instructors from regional statistical training institutions and supporting them as they in turn train national statisticians and other practitioners. This initiative is also aligned to the activities of the African Group on Statistical Training and Human Resources. The aim is to generate substantial improvements in the capacity of these statistical offices and other relevant institutions to conduct, analyze, and disseminate high-quality household surveys.

For more information, please contact c4d2@worldbank.org.

Participants pose for a group photo


December 16, 2017

The training went over at a fruitfully succession.We as Lecturers ,the training add value to our career and we hope it will bring good outcome to our student at our institution(EASTC)
The time for training was too short to have all the content under discussion , but all in all something is better than nothing .We appreciate the way your experts arranged the training material and the methodology used to deliver .
Geofrey Mhagama Charles

olivier hassler
December 29, 2017

Very, very important undertaking, in particular to better target low income households needs - see for instance the dearth of income data in most African countries, which makes many policy decision making blind. Furthermore, not a "low hanging fruit", but a forward looking action, aligned with the Bank's developmental mandate. Congrats!
Olivier Hassler housing Finance WB consultant

December 31, 2017

We'll be creating a Bureau of Statistics in our state to be domiciled within the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning.
We acknowledge and thank you for the SEEFOR project and the recent project on Financial Accountability in out state (Rivers State). In 2018, we look forward to have our civil servants participate in C4D2.
I'd like to participate as well once my assignment permits me. Thanks for all you do!

Deborah Magbegor
December 31, 2017

I would love to be trained as a trainer to take data of my country because the suffering and poverty is high right now/

Vincent Chukujekwe
December 31, 2017

This training is highly needed in Nigeria, please how do we get this training in Nigeria?
Vincent Chukujekwe
Economic Research & Policy Mgt Dept.
Federal Ministry of Finance
Abuja, Nigeria.

December 31, 2017

I currently worked as a M&E officer with the World Bank funded Productive Partnership in Agriculture Project - Coffee Component in Papua New Guinea. I am interested in attending such training in near future. Please kindly advise on the next training

musa Abubakar
January 03, 2018

I will like to participate in this great training if given the opportunity.

Ezenwa-Ahanene Chidiadi
January 04, 2018

Good day. I am a medical doctor working in University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. How can I benefit from this training opportunity and where is the closest place I can do the training?

Basheer Adamu Gobir
January 06, 2018

Could you pls extend it to staff of west African agricultural and rural development agencies, they needed it more than anyone else!

Abubakar Hamza
January 07, 2018

good day hope this message meet you well, pls how can I join and participate in this program.
thanks while waiting for your soonest respect
Abubakar Hamza

Ukaegbu daniel
January 11, 2018

Nice one