MAIN ACTIVITIES AND EXPECTED RESULTS
During Phase IV of PRCS, ENSEA actions are structured around the three (3) activities presented above:
Activity 1: Development of National Statistical Services Officers
The importance of having reliable and high-quality statistics for formulating and monitoring economic policies is well established. Unfortunately, despite the efforts made, there is a lack of human resources of sufficient quality and quantity in Africa. In addition to the National Statistical Institutes (NSIs), which are generally well provided, other statistical services, although they play an important role, face enormous difficulties in statistical production and analysis due to the small number of statisticians. These include most sectoral statistical services, such as those in charge of agriculture or education.
In four sectors (education, agriculture, local economy and regional integration), ENSEA lecturers have developed a certain expertise that is now being used to conduct studies on behalf of international organizations. They are:
* for education statistics, by Sika Lazare and Mosso Rosine;
* for agricultural statistics, by Kouadjo Jean Marc and Nayo Ankouvi;
* for local economy, by Kouadio Kouassi Hughes;
* and for regional integration, Esso Loesse Jacques and Fé Doukouré Charles;
All lecturer-researchers at ENSEA and whose CVs are available on the institution’s website.
This expertise can be shared for the benefit of the National Statistical Institutes and sectoral statistical services.
The objective of ENSEA is to offer training modules to build the capacities of statisticians in these services but also those of their non-statisticians colleagues in order to improve production and statistical analysis.
Each subregional training seminar will involve seventeen (17) auditors from the subregion, five (5) of whom will be Ivorian and will be organized in Abidjan.
Expected results :
* Four (4) subregional training seminars are organized in the sectors of education statistics, agricultural statistics, local economic analysis and regional integration statistics;
* 70 experts from the sub-region are trained at ENSEA in the areas of education statistics, agricultural statistics, local economic analysis and regional integration statistics.
Activity 2: Support for the training of young African statisticians
Technical and technological changes have significantly disrupted education systems, particularly statistical training. An ongoing challenge is to keep pace with these changes in order to maintain the quality of trained graduates who must remain operational and competitive. In this sense, the actions concerned are structured around three points:
* Maintaining academic surveys: This type of operation introduces students to the difficulties of data collection and new developments in statistical survey practice such as the use of PDAs or tablets, the development of cartographic information systems. The databases resulting from these surveys can be used to introduce students to research, particularly during theses and internships. The implementation of these surveys requires the use of reprographic equipment in order to allow a consistent drawing of questionnaires.
* The equipment of a computer room: Over the years, the IT tool has become an essential element for research and training. In economics and statistics, this is all the more essential because the use of computer allows complex quantitative analyses to be processed in a short time. AfDB support has made it possible to equip a computer room. It also includes the acquisition of video projectors to support efforts to computerize and map course notes provided by lecturers. In addition to the hardware aspect, it should be noted that the software aspect has been strengthened through the acquisition of licenses for the statistical software (Stata 14, SPSS 20 and Eviews 8) to develop students’ technical skills in processing and analysing large databases.
* The organization of teaching missions: The harmonization of lessons is paramount for the harmonization of statistical practices in Africa. To this end, African statistical schools organize annual meetings to discuss the programmes taught. In addition to these meetings, ENSEA also involves teachers from other schools and AFRISTAT experts in its teaching.
Expected results :
* An academic survey is carried out;
* Two duplicators are acquired for academic surveys;
* 40 tablets with geolocation function are purchased and used for academic research;
* 40 microcomputers, 10 video projectors and statistical software licenses (Stata 14, SPSS 20 and Eviews 8) are purchased for training in computer science, statistical analysis and econometrics;
* 3 teaching missions are carried out at ENSEA
Activity 3: Strengthening the skills of lecturers and administrative staff
The strengthening of lecturers’ capacities in the field of knowledge transmission is a necessity for maintaining a high quality of training. In this sense, ENSEA has to organize one (01) pedagogical seminar for its lecturers. The aim was to train them on the theme of setting up a distance learning system to increase the number of continuing training courses offered to National Statistical Systems staff.
Lecturers have also developed their skills in statistical areas that are now receiving special attention. At the international level, these new modules will have to be integrated into the current ENSEA curriculum. These include statistics on vital statistics, the environment, governance and gender mainstreaming. These lecturers have also participated in conferences organized at the African level on these new themes.
In addition, in recent years, ENSEA has recruited young graduates to renew and revitalize its teaching staff and to develop new expertise. As part of their career promotion at CAMES, they are preparing work-and study theses in French universities. Three theses are currently in progress, two in social statistics and one in economic statistics. More specifically, they concern
(i) sexual risk behaviours among young people (health statistics),
(ii) the causal relationships between health status and employment status (employment statistics), and
(iii) the effects of non-conventional monetary policies (monetary economics).
The support requested consisted in financing a three-month doctoral stay for each researcher and should lead to a better visibility of ENSEA as a research centre, with a more active participation in the “African Journal of Statistics” published by the AfDB.
The activities of the support services (documentation, IT, education, communication, accounting) are essential to the quality of the services provided by the UTCs. It is important to retrain the staff concerned by training them in order to make their contributions more decisive.
Expected results :
* One (1) teacher training seminar is organized for the benefit of teachers;
* Three (3) teachers were able to complete their thesis work;
* Teachers’ capacities are strengthened through training seminars organized at ENSEA;
* Three (3) teachers participated in symposia at the African level on new topics in statistics;
* The capacities of five (5) administrative staff are strengthened through participation in training seminars.
Activity 4: Program Management
A sound programme management requires a final evaluation of both the financial and technical implementation of the programme. To this end, a financial audit of the programme was carried out.
Expected results :
* The program is audited.