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ADP member since


National agencies involved

National Statistics Bureau (NSB)


Results obtained with ADP support include:

Survey microdata made accessible

  1. National Survey catalog available on NBS website (see URL above).
  2. All available nationally representative surveys and censuses documented, archived and disseminated.
  3. Capacity built and sustained within NBS to document, archive and disseminate microdata - as standard processes of every survey undertaken. About 30 staff trained on microdata management standards, tools and practice; top management sensitized.
  4. Basic capacity building on microdata management done in key line ministries (Labour and Human Resources, Agriculture and Forests, Health).


Results: Online Survey Catalog

URLAgencyMicroData accessibleMicroData accessibility Bureau of Statistics (NBS)YESLicense access


The above results have been achieved with the implementation of specific ADP activities. These activities were identified and prioritized for implementation at the early stages of ADP involvement. These activities have been / are implemented in accordance with the country NSDS and its own agenda. They involve a balance between work in-country and remote support, and they require the provision of tools, guidelines, technical and financial assistance.

Making survey microdata more accessible

  1. Carrying out local inventory of existing survey resources (microdatasets, reports, questionnaires, field enumerator manuals, methodological and technical reports, etc.).
  2. Building capacity on microdata documentation, archiving and dissemination at NBS and line ministries (2 local training workshops organized) .
  3. Facilitating the documentation of all inventoried surveys – through the provision of adequate training, software and guidelines.
  4. Facilitating the long term preservation of micro-datasets – through the provision of adequate hardware and guidelines.
  5. Establishing a national survey catalog, with a view to make existing survey metadata and microdata visible, searchable and more accessible to users.
  6. Regularly upgrading and updating the on-line survey catalog.

On-going and future activities include:

  1. Promoting harmonization of survey methodologies.
  2. Building capacity in microdata anonymization at NBS.
  3. Building capacity in microdata documentation, archiving and dissemination in line ministries and lead NGOs involved in the country.
  4. Engaging further with data users and monitoring the use of survey microdata.

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