Marrakech Action Plan for Statistics
A renewed action plan for statistics, "Statistics for Transparency, Accountability, and Results: A Busan Action Plan for Statistics," was endorsed by the High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, in November 2011. The renewed action plan builds on the progress made over the last decade under the MAPS, while providing directions for the decade ahead.
Good statistics are important for achieving better development results. The Marrakech Action Plan for Statistics is a global plan for improving development statistics, agreed at the Second International Roundtable on Managing for Development Results in Morocco in 2004.
Eight programs have been developed with the UN and other international agencies to take the identified actions into practice. Much progressed has been achieved, which is highlighted by the following as of March 2014:
- 86.6% of IDA countries have completed/are designing an NSDS. A further 12.2% are planning to design a strategy by the end of 2013.
- 205 countries conducted a census by the end of 2013 (197 by 2012), accounting for over 90 percent of the world's population.
- The International Household Survey Network (IHSN) established a household survey catalog with more than 3,352 surveys, by February 2014, developed NADA, the National Data Archive in which survey and census data are being published, created a tool for microdata anonymization, as well as the DDI international metadata standard.
- The Accelerated Data Program (ADP) complements the activities of the IHSN by promoting the use of tools and guidelines at country level and best use of available data through improved practices of data collection, management and dissemination. The number of agencies participating in ADP is increasing: more than 74 countries have received training and support by the end of 2013.
Activities of these partners to implement MAPS actions received support by the Development Grant Facility in 2013: