1. Background Information
In 2006, ESCWA in collaboration with United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) initiated a regional project
to build national capacity to improve monitoring of the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by increasing access to
data and building statistical skills within a large number
of users across Government and Civil Society.
The project “Statistical Literacy and Capacity Building for
MDGs Monitoring at the Country Level” has three objectives:
1. Make data more accessible by enhancing the capacity of
national statistical offices to maintain a central
repository of data for reporting on MDGs;
2. Enhance statistical capacity and literacy by providing
training to make better use of MDG data and indicators to
improve evidence-based management;
3. Support evidence based advocacy by strengthening data
The first activity for the project in the Arab countries was
the “First Regional Training of Trainers on Statistical
Literacy and Capacity Building for MDGs Monitoring”
organized in Amman during November 2006 for national teams
from Jordan and Palestine. The objective of the activity was
to train participants to make better use of MDG data and
indicators to improve evidence-based management and
policy-making. The training resulted in the formation of
national teams who will be responsible to rollout the
training at the national and sub-national levels in 2007 in
order to train more users to better utilize national MDGs
data and indicators.
Prior to the implementation of country activities, the team
is requested to customize training materials using an
existing national database to be used as a Central
Repository of Data (CRD) for MDG indicators and other
national development indicators. To this end, ESCWA is
organizing a “Training on Building Country Capacity to
Maintain a Central Repository of Data” to be held in
Radisson SAS hotel in Amman, Jordan from 13-15 March, 2007.
The workshop is organized in collaboration with the United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UNICEF Middle East
and North Africa Region.
The training aims to build national capacity to conduct a
needs assessment and data cleaning of an existing DevInfo
database in participating countries (Jordan, Palestine, and
Tunisia) to ensure its optimal use as a functional central
repository of data for MDGs and other national development
3. Expected Output
There are two expected outputs from the training:
1. Preliminary assessment report (indicator inventory,
data gaps, identification of changes to structure and
2. Action plan and timetable for database cleanup
following the training.
The training will be held at the Ambassador Room II at the
Radisson SAS hotel in Amman:
Address: Bin Ali Street, 11118 Amman, Jordan
Telephone: +962 6 5607100;
Fax: +962 6 5665160.
Accommodation arrangements for participants outside of
Jordan will be made at the Radisson SAS hotel. Participants
are advised to notify organizers if they wish to make their
own accommodation arrangements.
ESCWA will arrange for travel to Amman for participants
arriving from Tunisia. Participants coming from Palestine
are requested to make their own arrangements by road, and
will be later reimbursed in accordance with UN rules
All participants are expected to make their own arrangements
for obtaining visas to Amman.
The language of the workshop will be mainly in English.
8. Contact Persons
Ms. Neda Jafar