Foreign donors can be instrumental in building effective statistical capacity but run the risk of driving through their own agendas, rather than following a national strategy.
To make this less likely, this report, by Amina Khan, Joseph Wales and Elizabeth Stuart, considers the question: what are country priorities and how should they condition donor investments in statistcs?
The evolution of statistical systems in three middle-income countries, South Africa, Pakistan and Mexico, is explored to highlight the key lessons learned in each case.
The paper concludes by calling on donors and governments to step-up their investments to ensure no one is left uncounted, and therefore left behind.
Read the report: Country priorities for data development: what does history tell us?