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African Union, "Strategy for the Harmonization of Statistics in Africa", Website

Oslo Governance Centre • 16 July 2018

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The African integration agenda, as outlined in treaties and protocols endorsed by African Heads of State and Government, addresses three main areas, namely political integration, economic integration, as well as social and cultural integration. For it to fully succeed, it requires not only quality statistical information, but also harmonized data across time and space. Despite the manifest progress achieved, there remain a number of major challenges facing the African Statistical System (ASS). Statistics are produced using methodologies that do not always reflect African realities and are not always comparable across countries. Regional Economic Communities’ (RECs) statistical harmonization programs vary from one region to another and rarely meet the demand for harmonized statistics across the entire continent. The Strategy for the Harmonization of Statistics in Africa (SHaSA) is a continent-wide effort that directly responds to these challenges and supports the African integration agenda, particularly the Minimum Integration Program (MIP).

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