Eighteen middle level government statisticians from nine countries (Cameroon, Fiji, Ghana, Lao P.D.R., Lesotho, Mongolia, Myanmar, South Sudan and Thailand) completed the First Group Training Programme on Production and Statistical Analysis of Monitoring Indicators in Support of Inclusive Development Policies, Chiba, Japan, 19 May – 27 June 2014.
The six-week residential course enhanced the knowledge and skills of participants in using statistical techniques on survey data to shed light on disparities and inequalities. Participants applied the acquired knowledge and skills on developing analytical research framework, preparing survey data for statistical analysis, selecting appropriate statistical methods for inequality analysis and writing an analytical research paper to microdata from their country household surveys.
With the objective of expanding the benefits of individual training to their respective institutions, participants committed to an action plan for sharing knowledge and experience gained from the course and improving analytical work in their institutions, to be implemented upon return to their home offices.
During the course, the participants visited Iwate prefecture to study statistical activities in local governments. They also heard about and observed ongoing activities to reconstruct the communities devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. Their visit was covered by
The course was conducted by SIAP, in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of the government of Japan and the Asian Development Bank.