Social Statistics Project
Guyana's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) was completed in the mid-2002 and presented to the Board of Directors of the
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in October 2002.
It was from this acceptance of the PRSP by the Board that this 3-year Project was born.
To effect this Project, Government entered into a Loan Agreement with the IDB.
The objectives of the
project are to improve and sustain the capacity of Guyana (through it's Central Bureau of Statistics and overall statistical system)
to generate social and economic data, to undertake evidence-based policy analysis and to monitor the Poverty Reduction Strategy
implementation and impact.
The Project has therefore been designed in two (2) basic components, which are:
Institutional Strengthening of the Bureau of Statistics
Upgrading of Data Management and Analysis in Social Sector Line Ministries
Component 1: Provides for the recruitment of an International Statistical Agency to undertake an Organizational Assessment, prepare a Strategic Plan for Development and manage and deliver the work of all individual consultants. This component also includes the re-tooling of the Bureau, through acquisition and installation of hardware and software. Training obviously plays a central role in all subject-matter areas. In the concept document, the Statistical Agency was required to provide a Resident Statistical Advisor. The international statistical agency recruited was the US Census Bureau.
Component 2: Provides for the delivery of Technical Assistance to the Line Ministries to improve their data collection and management methods and train staff to equip them with the requisite skills. The Line Ministries/Agencies involved are: