Multinational - Statistical Capacity Building Program, Phase V (SCB-5)

Project Summary

Approval Date 06 Apr 2021
Signature Date 27 Apr 2021
Planned Completion Date 31 Aug 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Multi-Sector
DAC Sector Code 11330
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 10,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The fifth phase of the Statistical Capacity Building Program (SCB-5) was designed in response to the deterioration of the National Statistical Institutes (NSOs), particularly those in the transitional states since the onset of COVID-19. The pandemic has not only disrupted field operations for data collection in previously planned surveys and censuses that have had to be postponed, but it has also reduced allocated budgets as scarce financial resources were shifted to saving lives, protecting livelihoods and reviving economies. The SCB aims to build an efficient African statistical system that generates reliable, harmonized and timely statistical information covering political, economic, social, environmental, climate and cultural development dimensions to support the African integration agenda. The fifth SCB is anchored on many years of accumulated practical experience and incremental value addition to the African Statistical System. It comprises five main components namely: (1) improving the availability and quality of economic statistics, including the measurement of the COVID-19 impact; (2) improving the quality and availability of Social Statistics and reporting on COVID-19; (3) Data Collection, Management and Dissemination; (4) Strategic Planning, Systems Development, Coordination and Training as well as (5) Project Management.

Project Objectives

The purpose of the program is Statistical Capacity Building across all 37 Low-Income and ADF RMCs plus all RECs, STCs and AFRISTAT.


The direct beneficiaries from the project are the National Statistical Systems (NSSs) across Africa, all the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the Sub-regional Organizations (SROs), Statistical Training Centers (STCs) and AFRISTAT. Among other beneficiaries are development partners across RMCs and regional levels, including the Bank. Other indirect beneficiaries are all the people of Africa, who will benefit from improved statistical capacity and resultant reliable and timely statistics.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-K00-099
Last Update 08 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name MPOFU Rees

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
-15.4067 28.2871 Lusaka