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Crossing the bridge with peer learning                                                        Content
                                                                                              2 Job-Rotation:
What seems to be a mere architectural subject at first glance, is true for communication        Changing desks and duties
as well: We have to build bridges to close gaps and bring people from different sides         3 Condensed figures for the fight
together. Thus, “PR and Statistics: Building bridges between Users and Producers”               against HIV/Aids
was the title of a three-fold pilot course, launched by the InWEnt centre for Economic,       4 Through „Governance City“ towards
Environmental and Social Statistics. After one round of communication and media                 a Governance Survey
training for data producers in November 2007 in Bonn, followed by another round               5 Taking the francophone perspective:
dedicated to the improvement of statistical literacy for users in December 2007 (for            Climate Change in Africa
details see Newsletter 3/07), almost all the 26 participants of these two previous sessions   6 Working abroad, but feeling at home
came together for a last, joint round in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in February 2008.          Workshop in Nigeria
                                                                                              7 Improved National Accounts
                                                                                                for better policies
                                                                                              8 Calender

                                                                                              Happy faces under South Africas sun

                                                                                              The atmosphere of the joint PR and Statis-
                                                                                              tics round was extremely warm and friend-
                                                                                              ly as these pictures show – taken at the last
                                                                                              evenings reception in front of South Africas
                                                                                              splendid vineyards and a spectacular sunset.

                                                                                              Girls having fun:
                                                                                              Petronella Kaputu/
                                                                                              Zambia (l.) and Naita
                                                                                              Hishoono/ Namibia.

Researching, debating and putting oneself in the shoes of those on the other side: The
exercises and role plays were extremely lively and dynamic. From left: Marfo Nkansah
(Ghana), Joyce Urasa (Tanzania), Michal Pappoe (Ghana) and Mayasa Mwinyi (Tanzania).

This time, dialogue, peer learning and role plays were the most important and most            Happy ever after: The trainer team (from left)
challenging training tools. Participants had to change perspectives several times and put     journalist and PR-expert Monika Hoegen,
themselves in the shoes of those from the respective other side – e.g. throughout a           InWEnt senior project Manager Dr. Uwe
simulated press conference, when journalists had to play the role of statisticians and vice   Singer, and Statistical Capacity Building
versa. The whole training led to a lot of group work and exchange between the trainees,       Expert Daniel Byk.
who welcomed very much this new, very interactive approach. They also had to prepare in
  continued on p. 2

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The team from Statistics South Africa shared its experiences in PR and Statistics with the participants: (from left) spokesperson
Trevor Osterwyk, marketing manager Nireen Naidoo and quality manager Ashwell Jenneker.

groups the final event “Census for beginners” – a professional        who presented results of the World Value Survey for South
presentation of a simulated, new university course, in front of       Africa. Of outmost importance was the day-to-day contribution
Stellenbosch students.                                                by the team from Statistics South Africa: marketing manager
                                                                      Nireen Naidoo, spokesperson Trevor Osterwyk and quality
Day-to-day contribution by the team from South Africa                 manager Ashwell Jenneker. They gave deep and very useful
The course was completed by some input from Professor Hennie          insights into Stats S.A. experiences with statistical literacy, public
Kotze, Dean of the Art and Social Science Faculty in Stellenbosch     relation and crisis communication and management.

Job-Rotation: Changing desks and duties
It is a new approach for the human resource development within        some curiosity and a liking for the other job to do this.” The job
InWEnt: job rotation. It provides the concerned employees with        rotation provided Adelheid Schultze with the opportunity to be
a new and better insight into different departments of the            part of the PR and Statistics-Team, that conducted the third part
organisation.                                                         of this training in Stellenbosch, South Africa (see also page 1).
Between November 2007 and February 2088, Corinne Effinger             For Corinne Effinger, on the other side, the new tasks were also
from the InWEnt Centre for Economic, Environmental and                interesting: She did research for the Internet presentation of
Social Statistics and Adelheid Schultze from the communication        InWEnt and the photopool and she prepared an event with the
department exchanged their desks and duties. “We were eager to        American Consulate. “Now I know much more about InWEnt's
better understand the working system and conditions in our            Communication Strategy”, Corinne Effinger says.
partner department and thereby to improve cooperation in the          For the two women there is no doubt: Job rotation leads to
near future”, says Adelheid Schultze. And: “Of course you need        mutual understanding.

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The visit of a laboratory, where HIV-tests are conducted, was one of the highlights during the training On Measuring HIV/Aids in Tanzania.

Condensed figures for the fight against HIV/Aids
How can HIV/Aids be measured with statistical methods? What kind of negative effects and impacts does the disease have on
development pment and progress in various countries? What policies have to be implemented in order to effectively fight HIV/AIDS?
These were the crucial questions that determinated a seminar “On Measuring HIV/AIDS and its Socio-Economic Impacts” in
Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, conducted by InWEnt in cooperation with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Tanzania.

The two weeks training, part of a blended learning course on the           The training was also an opportunity for the participants to exchange
matter, was organised from 3rd – 14th of March 2008. 25 candidates         their experiences in their respective capacities and responsibilities,
from over ten Sub-Sahara African countries – Zambia, Ethiopia,             (statisticians, economists, planners, health sector specialists, sociol-
Ghana, Senegal, Uganda, Malawi, Swaziland, Nigeria, Zimbabwe,              ogists) and on their respective countries. Participants were strongly
Burkina Faso and Tanzania itself – participated. The training course       encouraged to continuously gather the information available on
was designed for statisticians, researchers, producers and users of        HIV/AIDS in their country and to put together a condensed file on
statistical information working in the field of health statistics with a   the state of the disease. Two of the highlights of the course were the
particular emphasis on statistics on HIV/AIDS. It was facilitated by       excursion to the cooperating partner NBS and to a laboratory where
Dr. Khangelani Zuma from South Africa, Dr. Bernd Gutterer from             HIV-tests were conducted. This interesting insight into the practical
Germany, Dr. Felix V. Phiri from Zambia, James Guwani from                 aspects of HIV/AIDS Statistics led to a lively discussion amongst the
UNAIDS and Urbanus Kioko from Kenya.                                       participants and experts the following day.

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Through “Governance City“ towards a Governance Survey
“Welcome to Governance City” – who would not like such a promising greeting at the entrance of any city, spot or country he or she
visits? Anyhow, for the moment “Governance City” is just an internet portal – but a very useful one. Actually Governance City has
been used as a nationally adapted version designed for a training on Governance Monitoring and Evaluation, conducted by InWEnt in
cooperation with the Governance Secretariat and the Governance Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (GMEC) in Zambia.

The project is supported by and driven in co-operation with the
German Technical Cooperation, GTZ and DANIDA. The experts
involved come from a wide range of international partners, like:
  University of Florida, as a key partner in the global initiative
  “World Governance Assessments”,
  International IDEA, an inter-governmental organisation based
  in Sweden,
  IDASA, a South African organisation, working on monitoring
  democracy, governance and Human rights, focusing on the
  Afrobarometer methodology,
  Transparency International Kenya,
  focusing on corruption surveys,
  University of Essex, with focus on human rights assessments
  and the Danish Institute of Human Rights

The training has got a dual purpose: First, to make Zambian institu-     The online portal “Governance City” allows participants to exchange
tions more capable in undertaking efforts to monitor and evaluate        knowledge and experiences with key specialists around the world on
governance in the country with regard to the four main thematic          the issues of human rights, anti-corruption and democratisation.
components: access to justice, anti-corruption, human rights and
democratisation. Secondly, to develop survey questions for the State     conditions survey, which is being done every 2 years. The work on
of Governance Report 2008. To this aim, a group of key participants,     the LCS will commence in late 2008 with raw data available in Janu-
including civil society, works together with international experts,      ary 2009 and data analysis ready by April 2009. Those data will be
that have special knowledge in monitoring the respected fields of        used in the State of Governance Report 2009.
content as well as an expert in drafting surveys. The result will be a
governance questionnaire that leads to a pilot survey and – after a      For further information, please contact:
revising process – to the final governance survey.
The portal “Governance City” allows participants of the training not     Mrs. Maria M. Kawimbe, Coordinator
only to learn about the different items in several modules but also to   Email:
access key specialists around the world and consult them through
chat sessions. Key institutions from Zambia are also presenting the      Mr. Vanny Hampondela, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
work already undertaken. The Zambian experiences are then                Email:
compared and linked to international best practices.
Ultimately the aim of designing a governance survey for Zambia is        Governance Secretariat,
to mainstream it into the data collection work done by the Central       P.O Box 50106, Fairley Road,
Statistical Office. The most suitable national survey to be augment-     Tel: +260-21-1-252495; Fax: +260-21-1-252495
ed with a governance component has been assessed to be the living        Ridgeway, Lusaka

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Taking the francophone perspective: Climate Change in Africa

Africa ranks among the regions of the world mostly affected by           progress towards ensuring environmental sustainability until 2015.
climate and other environmental changes. Therefore, environmental        The InWEnt Centre for Economic, Environmental and Social
statistics have gained worldwide importance and have become a            Statistics contributes to these efforts by trainings on “Statistical
strategic instrument for the political decision process. Particularly    Indicators for Environmental Policies in Africa”. Due to the increa-
the Millennium Declaration of the United Nations and the Millenni-       sing demand from francophone partner institutions the InWEnt
um Development Goals emphasize the need for monitoring country           Centre is currently conducting a French version of this training.

The e-learning phase is currently underway from July-August. The        solution-oriented module. Another main focus of the training is
classroom session will take place from 8 – 19th September in            again the use of international frameworks and their indicators.
Bonn. This is not only a change in language. The course will also       (This subject is again covered by UNSD environmental statistics
adopt to the specific situation of Environment and Statistics in        expert Reena Shah.)
francophone Sub-Sahara Africa. Deforestation and desertification,       InWEnt aims at developing profound training modules in the field
for instance, are specific problems in Western Africa.                  of climate change and Statistics. These can form the basis for an
The course, i.e. the e-learning session and the classroom training      advanced training – especially for those alumnis, who have already
alike, will in particular focus on the current problem of climate       got some experience in the matter.
change and on how it can be measured and portrayed by                   „Thus, our efforts in this area are in accordance with international
statistical methods. Participants are asked to deal with this issue     trends, demanding for an improved statistical monitoring of
through the methods of peer-learning and group work.                    climate change and its consequences“, says Dr. Uwe Singer,
Also the application of GIS and remote sensing in the training          InWEnt senior project manager and expert in Environmental
has changed from a more general introduction to a more                  Statistics.

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Working abroad, but feeling at home                                                            Newsletter in new hands

A new face at the InWEnt Centre for Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics:
Antonia Mundi. She has already got a lot of experience in the field of international work
and development cooperation.

Mundi holds a Magister degree in Political Science, Sociology and Social Policy from
the Georg-August-University of Göttingen. She got her first working experience in the field
of Development Aid during her internship at the United Nations Institute for Training
and Research in Geneva. Mundi worked as Training Assistant in the department of
International Affairs Management in the organisation and implementation of training
courses in Capacity Building for Human Security.

                                             After studies, she did a further training
                                             course in Management Trainee Inter-
                                             national at concada GmbH Bonn. Mundi
                                             started working with InWEnt on June 1st           From this issue onwards, the Newsletter
                                             this year and she likes the work very much.       of the InWEnt Centre for Economic,
                                             “Organising training courses for countries        Environmental and Social Statistics will
                                             in Sub-Saharan Africa, where I originate,         be attended by Sandra Meckler, Project
                                             makes me feel very much at home”, Mundi           Manager at the Centre since October
                                             says. She also likes to combine her language      2007.
                                             skills in German, English and French –
                                             something that makes communication and            Meckler takes over from Corinne Effinger,
                                             understanding easier and work more                who was the person to turn to in the
                                             interesting and exciting, in her point of view.   past. Effinger left the Centre earlier
Mundi: “With this new responsibility, I feel happy to do something for my motherland           this year and is now working in the
Cameroon. I am very excited and I am looking forward to meet the first participants of the     department “Coordination of regional
first course I am preparing. I hope to have many more years with InWEnt.”                      centres”. Sandra Meckler will ensure that
                                                                                               the newsletter continues to be an
                                                                                               interesting source of information for you.
Workshop in Nigeria                                                                            You may recognize a few changes in the
                                                                                               layout from now onwards – due to the
After the training “System of National Accounts” was delayed from last year, the               new, homogenous InWEnT Corporate
InWEnt Centre for Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics is pleased to                  Design, meant to make all publications
announce that the workshop which will be preceded by a six-weeks e-learning phase              even more clearly arranged.
beginning 6th October is going to take place in Abuja, Nigeria from 24th – 28th
November this year.                                                                            We continue to invite you to send your
                                                                                               own suggestions, ideas and contributions
The course will be offered in English in cooperation with our partner the National             to this newsletter.
Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria. It is directed to persons from Sub-Saharan-Africa in            Please address all mails in this regard to
charge of compiling macroeconomic statistics – particularly National Accounts – and  
having already some years of experience. The overall objective is to improve the compi-
lation of aggregated and disaggregated National Accounts.

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Improved National Accounts for better policies
Developing countries are frequently confronted with economic             ensure development. These programs cannot be drawn without
problems resulting in low growth rates, balance of payments              reliable and up-to-date economic, social and environmental data.
deficits and increasing foreign debt – mostly followed by                To get these and build up profound national accounts
unemployment and persistent poverty. To fight this, national             the contribution of a wide range of experts is needed.
programs are needed, that aim at balancing growth and

Bringing together producers and users of Statistics as well as tech-     strategies and plans for sustainable growth and development.
nical and financial partners from all regions of the world was there-    National, regional and international statistical systems in compiling
fore the aim of a high level Conference on “International Outreach       and reporting National Accounts and related basic statistics shall be
and Coordination in National Accounts for Sustainable Growth and         advanced – on a sustainable basis.
Development”, jointly organised by Eurostat and the UN Statistics        At the end of the conference the “Luxembourg Recommendations”
Division from 6th – 8th May 2008.                                        where adopted. Recommendations were given for five areas: strate-
InWEnt Capacity Building Germany funded a number of partici-             gic planning frameworks; coordinating, monitoring and reporting;
pants from Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular representing the            Global Governance; national statistical capacity building and creat-
Statistical Training Centres (STCs) and Schools. The main objective      ing SNA knowledge platforms. The overall aim: To improve imple-
was to facilitate the outreach of the System of National Accounts        mentation and outreach of international standards on National
(SNA) and the international coordination, thereby implementing           Accounts – especially in developing and least developed countries -
better and more harmonised methodologies for poverty reduction           and to advocate their use for policy purposes.

Snowfall versus E-learning
Sometimes things start with the unexpected: Who would imagine
snowfall in the mediterranean region to prevent trainees from
going to their office and participate in an e-learning course?
But, despite such difficulties, the course on “System of National
Accounts”, conducted in English and French by the InWEnt Centre
for Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics for participants
from Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan,
Palestine and Syria, turned out to be a success. The training was part
of a third-party funded EC-project “Regional Programme of Statis-        Lively discussions from a distance: participants in the english
tics in the Mediterranean Region” (MEDSTAT II programme).                and french e-learning courses on National Accounts.

The chats were organized in a parallel manner with a facilitator from    participants, as well as the experts got used to the medium of Web-
InWEnt for each language group (Dr. Bernd Gutterer for the French        Based-Training (which was completely new to the majority) the
version and Sarah Malelu for the English version) and different          2 months training process became very lively with empowering
experts, such as the Head of National Accounts Division in Jordan, an    exchange and very active discussions (especially in the francophone
expert in national accounts and economic statistics from the United      group). The final evaluation showed that the participants were fully
Arab Emirates, the manager of the National Accounts sector within        satisfied with what they had gained from this training and that
the MEDSTAT II programme as well as the Head of Department of            e-learning components – if implemented properly and effectively –
Economic Statistics in Algeria and a consultant from Morocco. After      can be a very efficient tool for capacity building.

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Preview: Our next trainings                                                                        Imprint

In this calender you have all the trainings, conducted by the InWEnt Centre for Statistics         Published by:
in 2008. All the courses contain an e-learning session on the global campus and a “joint           InWEnt - Internationale Weiterbildung
classroom training”.                                                                               und Entwicklung gGmbH
                                                                                                   Capacity Building International,
July                                                                                               Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 40
                     Statistical Indicators for                                                    53113 Bonn, Germany
                     Environmental Policy in Africa 2008
                     14 July – 29 August: E-Learning on
                                                                                                   Fon: +49 (0) 228-4460-0
                     the InWEnt Global Campus                                                      Fax: + 49 (0) 228-4460-1766

                                                                                                   InWEnt Centre for Economic,
                                                                                                   Environmental and Social Statistics
                                                                                                   Sandra Meckler
                     Statistical Indicators for
September            Environmental Policy in Africa 2008                                           Fon: + 49 (0) 228-4460-1804
                     08 Sept. – 19 Sept.: Joint Classroom                                          Fax: + 49 (0) 228-4460-1354
                     Training in Bonn, Germany
October                                                     System of National Accounts
                                                            06 Oct. – 21 Nov.: E-Learning on the
                                                            InWEnt Global Campus                   Thomas Wollnik/Sandra Meckler
                     PR & Statistics – Building Bridges
                     between Data Users and Producers,
                     20 Oct. – 21 Nov.: E-Learning on the                                          Editor:
November             InWEnt Global Campus                                                          Monika Hoegen, Cologne

                     System of National Accounts
                                                                                                   Stefan Prott, RDN Agentur für PR,
                     24 Nov. – 28 Nov: Joint Classroom      PR & Statistics – Building bridges
December             Training in Abuja, Nigeria             between data users and producers       Recklinghausen
                                                            01 Dec. – 12 Dec.: Joint Classroom
                                                            Training in Bonn, Germany

Send us what you saw
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can help to better illustrate a certain situation, to transmit a             pictures and photographs, taken at InWEnt courses, events and
certain feeling or atmosphere to the observer. In the InWEnt                 meetings, thereby contributing to our pool of pictures and
training courses there are always a lot of pictures taken, not only          enriching it.
by InWEnt employees, but by the participants themselves –                    Please send pictures to the following address:
by you and with your specific point of view.                       

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