AFRICA

Cape Verde Sierra Leone Mali GhanaCameroonChadSudanTanzaniaNamibiaSwazilandLesothoBurkina FasoBurundiEthiopiaDjiboutiMalawiZambia Uganda Botswana Liberia Somalia
To see details for a particular country, please click on that country on the map above, or scroll down the list below.
Botswana
 
2005 
Training in planning and organizing sample surveys
World Bank
 
Gave six-week training course in all aspects of sample survey work, with special emphasis on sampling and questionnaire design. The training was done as part of a General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) project in Africa.

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Burkina Faso

 
1997 
Evaluation of Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) MICS 1
UNICEF
The team's evaluation report of MICS 1 is available here
 
Burkina Faso was one of the three countries I visited, along with another consultant. (The other two countries were Lesotho and the Islamic Republic of Iran.) The visit was part of UNICEF's review of how well the MICS methodology (for measuring the achievement of mid-decade goals) was implemented in about 60 countries around the world. Met with key government and UNICEF staff involved in the MICS survey.
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Burundi
 
1982 
National Household Survey Capability Programme (NHSCP) 
UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) 
 
Joint visit with adviser from NHSCP headquarters in New York and adviser from FAO in Rome. Helped to formulate a project proposal for Burundi's participation in the NHSCP, and attempted to interest potential bilateral donors in funding the programme. 
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Cameroon
 
1979 
National Household Survey Capability Programme (NHSCP) 
UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) 
 
Joint visit with the ILO Regional Expert on Household Surveys. Assisted the Department of Statistics to move forward with their planning for a national household survey on income, expenditure and consumption. Gave detailed technical advice on sample design, questionnaire modules, cost estimates, and the arrangements for a pilot survey.
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Cape Verde
 
200
Labour Force Survey
ILO (Dakar)
 
Assisted the national statistics office (INE) with sampling and questionnaire design issues for a new labour force survey, which was to include questions on the informal sector and social protection.
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Chad
 
1978-1979 
Manpower Survey Specialist  
US Agency for International Development (USAID) 
Comprehensive Human Resources Development in Chad
 
Member of a 7-person team. Designed a system for computerizing the records of all scholarship holders, to improve the flow of information on students currently studying at higher institutions, whether in Chad or abroad. However, this project could not be implemented, because my 16-month contract for USAID was terminated after seven months due to the outbreak of civil war. Spent three months as an evacuee in Yaounde, Cameroon, after being rescued by the Red Cross and evacuated by the French military. 
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Djibouti
 
1997 
Djibouti Household Survey 1996 
World Bank 
 
Evaluated the reliability of estimates of the sedentary population of the city of Djibouti based on the results of the survey, as compared with the estimates derived from the 1983 Census and the 1991 demographic survey. Checked sampling frames, maps, previous survey reports, and also did field checks of coverage around the city.
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Ethiopia
 
1979 & 1982 
National Household Survey Capability Programme (NHSCP) 
UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) 
 

This was a global United Nations project, aimed at helping governments to set up or improve their survey organisations for collecting household data, and to ensure that data are analysed in a suitable manner. I was based in the Statistics Division of ECA, at its headquarters in Addis Ababa. 
Countries visited: 
1979 - Cameroon, Sudan, Sierra Leone
1982 - Mali, Burundi, Sudan

2004
Improvement of labour statistics
World Bank

Advised the Central Statistical Authority on various aspects of labour statistics, including labour force survey, bi-annual employment-unemployment survey, wage and salary statistics, and occupational injury statistics. The visit was undertaken as part of a General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) project in Africa.

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Ghana
 
1991 
Training course on report writing 
UK Department for International Development (DFID) 
 
Along with another consultant, ran a ten-day training course in the techniques of report writing for about 15 staff of the Ghana Statistical Service. 
 
1992-1996 
Statistical Adviser 
Ghana Living Standards Survey 
UK Department for International Development (DFID) 
 

Advised and assisted the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) with the conduct, processing, analysis and dissemination of data from the Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS). The GLSS was an element in the Social Dimensions of Adjustment project, which Ghana was carrying out as part of its economic recovery programme, with support from the World Bank, DFID, and other donors. Also helped GSS to carry out socio-economic analyses of GLSS data, to assist policy makers in the area of poverty alleviation.

 
1996 
Measurement of income from employment 
International Labour Organization (Geneva) 
 
Prepared a desk study on issues relating to the measurement of income from paid and self-employment, which was an input to an ILO meeting of experts on labour statistics held in October 1997. The study was based on an analysis of data from the Ghana Living Standards Survey. The 16th International Conference of Labour Statisticians in 1998 adopted a new resolution on the measurement of employment-related income.
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Lesotho
 
1997 
Evaluation of Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) MICS 1
UNICEF
The team's evaluation report of MICS 1 is available here
 
Lesotho was one of the three countries I visited, along with another consultant. (The other two countries were Burkina Faso and the Islamic Republic of Iran.) The visit was part of UNICEF's review of how well the MICS methodology (for measuring the achievement of mid-decade goals) was implemented in about 60 countries around the world. Met with key government and UNICEF staff involved in the MICS survey. 
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Liberia
 
2007, 2008
Developing labour market information and analysis
International Labour Organization (Abuja office)
 
Helped the Ministry of Labour to improve labour market information and analysis (LMIA). Produced the first set of employment statistics in many years, based on an analysis of data from the Core Welfare Indicators Questionnaire (CWIQ) survey, and prepared an LMIA project document for external funding.
 
2009, 2010
Senior Labour Market Information Specialist
ILO (Abuja and Geneva)
 
Designed a national labour force survey for LISGIS and the Ministry of Labour. After the survey, analysed and wrote up the results. The report can be found here.

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Malawi
 
2000 
Assessing data on rural households 
UK Department for International Development (DFID) 
 

Three visits. As part of the 1999/2000 Starter Pack Evaluation Programme, assisted a Malawian team with the design and analysis of field research to improve the estimates of the size of the rural population.

My main report can be found here

Extensive use has been made of the report, in trying to show how participatory methods can be used to generate national statistics for the benefit of policy makers.

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Mali
 
1982 
National Household Survey Capability Programme (NHSCP) 
UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) 
 
Joint visit with adviser from NHSCP headquarters in New York. Clarified with UNDP the situation over funding arrangements for Mali's household survey programme, assessed the progress made so far on household surveys, and reviewed the need for recruiting outside technical assistance.
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Namibia
 
1999 
Review and development of agricultural statistics 
UK Department for International Development (DFID) 
 
Offered suggestions for improving the methods of collecting and compiling agricultural data, particularly data coming from administrative sources.
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Sierra Leone
 
1979 
National Household Survey Capability Programme (NHSCP) 
UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) 
 
Assessed progress made so far with the ongoing programme of household surveys organized by the Central Statistics Office, and suggested remedies for the delays experienced in processing data from two earlier surveys.
 
2005
Development of labour statistics
World Bank
 
Worked on labour statistics, including a review of data needs. Attached to the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Industrial Relations. The visit was undertaken as part of a General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) project in Africa.
 
2009
Labour force survey
ILO (Geneva)
 
Advised Statistics Sierra Leone on the key steps involved in their proposed labour force survey, particularly sampling and questionnaire design.
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Somalia
 
2006
Review of survey methodology
United Nations Development Programme (Somalia), Nairobi
 
Reviewed survey methodology, sample design and estimation procedures used in recent surveys, and those currently proposed for forthcoming surveys, in Somalia, and assisted in the development of a national sampling frame.

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Sudan
 
1979 
National Household Survey Capability Programme (NHSCP) 
UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) 
 
Advised the Department of Statistics on a suitable weighting scheme to be applied to the data collected from the rural sample in a recent household budget and consumption survey.
 
1982 
National Household Survey Capability Programme (NHSCP) 
UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) 
 
Analysed the data for Khartoum from the Household Income and Expenditure Survey 1978-80, and prepared a survey report which was subsequently published. Also advised the Department of Statistics on an appropriate sample design for the forthcoming population census.
 
2008
Development of labour statistics
World Bank
 

Assisted the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resources Development in the area of labour statistics, especially the design of labour force and informal sector surveys.
The visit was undertaken as part of a General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) project in Africa.

 
2008 (Southern Sudan)
National poverty survey
UNDP (Juba)
 

Assisted the Southern Sudan Commission for Census, Statistics & Evaluation (SSCCSE) with initial planning for its first national poverty survey.

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Swaziland
 
1976-1978 
Statistician, then Manpower Adviser 
National Manpower Survey 
UK Department for International Development (DFID) 
 
Two-year contract for DFID. Spent first four months designing a family expenditure survey for the Central Statistical Office. Then switched over to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. Conducted a national survey of skilled manpower, and helped a consultant to prepare a report on the survey, including manpower projections. The survey findings were subsequently used as a major input to Swaziland's Third National Development Plan.
 
2006
Preparing project proposal for labour force survey/informal sector survey
Southern African Development Community (SADC)
 
Prepared a project proposal for the Central Statistical Office and the Ministry of Enterprise and Employment for a planned labour force and informal sector survey.
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Tanzania
 
1964 
Alliance Secondary School, Dodoma 
Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) 
 
Taught maths and English for nine months at a secondary school in central Tanzania. Politically, it was an eventful time in East Africa. In January (just a day or two after my arrival) there was an army mutiny, and in April the country changed its name from Tanganyika to Tanzania, following the union with Zanzibar.
 
2001
Multi-year survey programme for poverty monitoring
Department for International Development (DFID)
 
Assisted a Tanzanian research institute in developing a multi-year survey programme for the National Bureau of Statistics. The aim was to have a sequencing of censuses/surveys relevant to poverty monitoring, in connection with Tanzania's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). The report can be seen at: http://www.tzonline.org/pdf/developingamultyearsurveyprogramme.pdf

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Uganda
 
2004
Support for the development of the Uganda Bureau of Statistics
UK Department for International Development (DFID)
 
Member (Official Statistics Adviser) of a long-term team providing assistance to the change management process in UBOS.
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Zambia
 
2001-2004
Statistical adviser on poverty indicators
European Union (EU Delegation, Lusaka)
 
Seven visits spread over two contracts. Provided assistance and advice to the Ministry of Finance and National Planning on the construction, production and dissemination of statistical poverty indicators, in connection with Zambia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP).

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