Statistical Cooperation after the Financial Crisis: Rwanda's Perspective and Experience
Diane Karusisi
National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda

Rwanda has enjoyed excellent statistical cooperation with various development partners since the inception on the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) in 2006. Since then, both the commitment of the Rwandan Government to measuring its development progress and the support of development partners have helped built a durable institution with a strategic direction to achieve a strong statistical platform.

In today's difficult financial times, Rwanda's development partners need to be able to provide evidence that their support is yielding the intended results, and that these results are being achieved through efficient means that reflect real value for money. The NISR has therefore witnessed a shift towards better quality in line with the Government's Aid Policy and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. Donors are now pooling funds to support the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) that provides a prioritized framework to produce statistics to meet immediate data needs and to build sustainable capacity within the National Statistical System (NSS). More than ever before, emphasis is henceforth being increasingly put on coordination, cost-efficiency, cost-effectiveness, transparency and accountability in managing the resources of the NSS.

Keywords: Rwanda; Development; Statistics; Cooperation

Biography: In September 2010, Dr. Diane Karusisi was appointed new Acting Director General of the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda. Diane joined the NISR in August 2009 as Senior Advisor to the Director General. She has brought diverse experience from positions she previously held as Fixed Income Portfolio Engineer with Credit Suisse Asset Management in Zurich (2007-2009) and Assistant Professor of Economic Statistics at University of Fribourg Switzerland from 2000 to 2006. Diane holds a Masters in Econometrics and a PhD in Quantititave Economics from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.