SHaSA: Governance, peace and security in Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Malawi, Mali and Uganda: Comparative survey-based data from NSOs towards the Sustainable Development Goals & African Union Agenda 2063

05 Jul 2017

Survey-based statistics on governance, peace, and security (GPS) are already being implemented and published by national statistics offices (NSOs) in Africa, under the auspices of the Strategic Harmonization of Statistics in Africa (SHaSA). This policy brief demonstrates how survey-based statistics can inform and enhance important international and Africa-wide discussions about measuring GPS.

The NSOs of the five countries covered in this brief – Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Malawi, Mali and Uganda – have been early implementers of the GPS-SHaSA surveys. The countries represent established democracies, as well as those emerging from transition or still turbulently engaged in it. The results bear not only on important Africa initiatives, but also on indicators for SDG 16. This confirms the importance, alongside other sources and kinds of data, of NSOs’ monitoring SDG 16; Without peace and good governance, all the gains made in Goals 1-15 will be wiped out. Without accountable and effective institutions of government, there will be no room for addressing systemic issues.

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