Date and Venue
The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
in collaboration with the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) and under the umbrella of the United
Nations Development Group (UNDG) are organizing a regional
training of trainers as part of the project on “Statistical
Literacy and Capacity Building for MDG Monitoring at the
Country Level.” The workshop will be held in Amman, Jordan
from 27 November – 30 November, 2006 at the Radisson SAS
The project aims to provide better access to statistics, to
enhance skills required to make more effective use of
indicators and data in the policymaking process, and to
improve monitoring of MDGs. The regional training of
trainers workshop in Amman is an integral activity of the
project aimed at enhance statistical capacity and literacy
and support evidence-based advocacy.
Objectives of the project
- Make data more accessible by enhancing the capacity of
national statistical offices to maintain a central
repository of data for reporting on MDGs
- Enhance statistical capacity and literacy by providing
training to make better use of MDG data and indicators to
improve evidence-based management
- Support evidence based advocacy by strengthening data
The training aims to enhance statistical capacity and
literacy at the national level and will cover (i) The
Millennium Development Goals and monitoring indicators; (ii)
sources, methods and metadata; (iii) basic statistical
analysis. The training itself is a mixture of lectures,
practical exercises, and discussions based on a statistical
literacy course entitled "Indicators for Policy
The workshop also includes modules to country trainers to
develop, plan, and deliver customized training within
There are two outputs which participants are expected to
deliver by the end of the meeting:
1. A project on "MDGs in Your Country." For this
familiarity with the country's national policy issues and
data is required.
2. A base plan for training at the country level which will
developed within country teams at the meeting.
In order to better prepare for the outputs of the meeting,
background reading is necessary.
It is highly recommended that participants familiarise
themselves with their country’s development strategies and
other policy-related documents. A recommended reading list
Two main country teams will participate in the training:
Jordan and Palestine. Participants are from a range of
stakeholders including national statistical offices and
government and civil society users of data. Participants
will be trained as trainers for the subsequent country
roll-out of the project. Representatives from NGOs,
training institutions, and UN agencies will also be present
at the workshop.
The working language of the workshop is Arabic; no
simultaneous interpretation will be made available.
Arrangements have been made with the Radisson SAS Hotel for
accommodation of participants.
Address: Al-Hussein Bin Ali Street,
11118 Amman, Jordan
Telephone: +962 6 5607100
Fax: +962 6 5665160
Accommodation will be covered by ESCWA in the Radisson SAS
hotel in Amman, Jordan. All participants are expected to
stay at the hotel. All other entitlements in accordance with
UN rules and regulations will be provided upon arrival to
For Palestinian participants: Please arrange transportation
by road to and from Amman. You will be reimbursed for this
expense upon submission of entry stamp to Jordan.
Other participants: Your travel will be arranged by ESCWA.
You will be informed of details and where to collect plane
tickets from in due course.
For official correspondence:
Mr. Ahmed Hussein,
Head Statistical Coordination Unit
For information on project and training content and other
Léa Hakim firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone +9611-978 470 (direct)
For information on accommodation and travel:
Nadine Shaar email@example.com
or phone +9611-978 488 (direct)