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United Nations Rwanda congratulates Government for Promoting Statistics for Evidenced Based Policymaking

Kigali, October 19, 2010 – At the opening ceremony for the launch of the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics, the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Aurelien Agbenonci, congratulated the Government of Rwanda for putting in place a strategy that will enhance data collection, management and use as well as for placing online two databases that will promote evidence based-development planning.

“The UN is very proud that we have supported you in the development of these tools”, said Mr. Aurelien Agbenonci in his opening remarks. “In a world where data is used to make financing decisions and needed to better understand how Rwanda may be faring vis a vis emerging issues, I am very pleased that the Government of Rwanda now has data at its fingertips that can go beyond averages and heads of households, down to children, to disparities and looking at issues of equity, to ensure that the policy decisions are based on true realities to foster the type of development that Rwanda wishes to see.”

The UN, namely UNICEF and UNFPA supported the National Institute of Statistics to develop these two databases that will enable people to map living data – including where populations who have limited access to health or education services may live, where mothers have a higher risk of dying, or where agricultural production has tripled.

DevInfo in particular helps to organize, store and share information along the EDPRS and the MDG themes and also has features that produce tables, graphs and maps for inclusion in reports, presentations and advocacy materials.

The Integrated Multi-Sectoral Information System (IMIS) stores and disseminates large volumes of census and survey data and an important tool for researchers, academics and development practitioners.

For more information, please contact:
Misbah Sheikh, UN Communication Group,, 0788300731




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