AUC statistics division
Vision of the African Union is that of : « An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena ».
Vision of the AUC Statistics Division is to « Provide comparable, reliable and updated statistical information in a timely and regular manner in support of the African integration Agenda and evidence based decision-making in order to fully achieve the vision of the African Union ».
AUC Statistics Division’s mission : To be the Center of Reference for high quality statistics on Africa.
- Coordinate the implementation of the African Charter on Statistics and the Strategy for the Harmonisation of Statistics in Africa(SHaSA);
- Build capacity of Member States on the production of reliable statistics;
- Collect statistics from National Statistics Offices (NSOs) of Member States on a regular manner;
- AssistNational Statistics Offices (NSOs) of Member States in the harmonisation of concepts and nomenclatures; and the production of specific statistics;
- Supervise the smooth operation of the African Statistical System in order to provide necessary, reliable and harmonized statistics for the monitoring of Africa’s integration policies; and
- Provide the African Union, the RECs, universities, African research centres with quality statistics, vital for the elaboration, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and decision-making in Africa.
Background to the AUC Statistics Division
The task of AUC Statistics Division is to provide the African Union with high quality data on economic, social, demographic, political and environmental conditions in African countriesthat enable comparison between countries and regions.
The Statistics Division, which is currently located withinthe Department of Economic Affairs of theAUC, was created in 2005 as Statistics Unit to provide harmonized andreliable statistical tools to monitor the processof continental integration. It was transformed into a Statistics Division in 2011 in order to better play its role in building capacities of member states for the production anddissemination of quality harmonized statisticaldata on the continent, providing advocacyfor the development of statistics at all levels ofdecision-making and implementing an appropriate framework for theharmonization of integration statistics. It satisfiesboth the internal and external needs of theAUC with regard to statistical instruments andanalyses adhering to the vision of the organization’sfounders.
Since its creation, the Statistics Division hasbeen actively involved in numerous activitiesboth within the AUC and further afield. Someof the tangible outputs it has achieved include:the formulation of the African Charter on Statistics and the Strategy for the Harmonization of Statistics in Africa; the establishment of a central databaseat the AUC (AU statistical Data Portal); the provisioning of statistical analysisto AUC Departments; and the alignment ofstatistical development programs with integrationpriorities.
Recognizing the importance of availability of reliable, timely and comparable statistical information covering all aspects of Africa’s cultural, social, economic and political integration, the 20th Session of Assembly of Heads of State and Government has decided to create an African Union Institute for Statistics,to be based in Tunis, Tunisia, topromote the production of official statistics on Africa mainly bycollecting, harmonizing and aggregating data produced by the NationalStatistics Offices (NSOs) of African Countries.
In addition, the Statistics Division is currently working on the establishment of a Pan-African Statistical Training Center to be based in Côte d’Ivoire to contribute towards the formation of human capital development. Its focus will be to streamline and coordinate the statistical training processes across Africa to help produce sufficient human capital that could strengthen the production and dissemination of timely and relevant statistical information for evidence based decision making; which in turn could back the integration agenda and the development endeavor of the whole continent.