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Statistics Denmark visited Ghana to begin their new Strategic Sector Cooperation

25.02.2019  12:28
Statistics and data play a crucial rule when it comes to solving a country’s social, economic and environmental challenges. Statistics Denmark and the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) have embarked on a new strategic sector cooperation that will focus on strengthening the production of official statistics in Ghana.

This week Statistics Denmark paid a four-day visit to Ghana to start the new Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) and to investigate how they can together with GSS work on improving the National Statistical System of Ghana.

“During the four days GSS and Statistics Denmark were involved in a large number of fruitful discussions on the content of their future cooperation. After prioritising four areas amongst the many discussed, the visit concluded in an agreed initial work plan for the inception period of the project and we all look forward to start with the implementation” says Silja Emmel, who will be managing the project from Statistics Denmark’s side.


Knowledge sharing and mutual understanding
GSS and Statistics Denmark visited several other national authorities during their stay. One of them was the Ministry of Interior. At the meeting representatives from the ministry, Ghana Immigration Service, the National Disaster Management Organization, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Fire, Prison and Police services. All parties shared experiences in how they handle data and discussed how cooperation and data sharing could be strengthened. Omar Seidu, Head of Demographic Statistics and SDGs Coordinator, who will head the GSS project team described the meeting as “a great start for the planned work on improved data-sharing between the different authorities”

The SSC between Statistics Denmark and GSS will commence in August 2019 and will be running until 2023 with the possibility of extension. This project is one of the 39 projects in the Strategic Sector Cooperation Programme under the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Read more about the programme here

Click here to read more on the specific project in Ghana.

Most of the data that are used for statistics in Denmark come from information that is collected for other purposes than statistics - from student enrolment to documenting patients' health. This data is known as administrative data. Today, 95 percent of all statistics in Denmark are compiled using administrative records. In Ghana, the use of administrative data in the production of statistics is not as widespread and a topic of high interest. Especially so, because administrative data allows for higher levels of disaggregation. This means more detailed information especially on vulnerable groups, which in turn helps with better policies and ensures that the SDGs are monitored to make sure no one is left behind