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Kenyan data collectors want more funds

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15 – The Ministry of Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 wants a higher budgetary allocation to boost its data collection capacity.

The Ministry says lack of proper funding is compromising the country’s ability to collect adequate and quality data, with Minister Wycliffe Oparanya saying this had led to huge discrepancies between data collected by government and international agencies operating in Kenya.

“At the local level we do not have the capacity in terms of funds and staff to collect data and analyse it effectively,” Mr Oparanya said.

According to the Minister, this has greatly hampered the government’s ability to plan effectively as most of its data is either not timely or sufficient.

“Due to our capacity inefficiencies we are not able to get timely data and if it comes late, decision making is then compromised,” he said after he opened a workshop on Development and Management of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nairobi.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) resident representative Domina Buzingo said the institution was looking at reviewing its support to African governments to strengthen their ability to monitor implementation of MDGs.

“AfDB is ready to play a role through increased financial support to governments to ensure they are able to monitor progress being made on the ground,” Mrs Buzingo said.

The millennium declaration signed in the year 2000 set 2015 as the deadline for achieving most of the MDGs contributing to increased demand for quality data to monitor progress.

“In Africa, this has put pressure on governemts and especially National Statistical Offices which are in many instances mandated by law to provide quality statistics for monitoring development initiatives,” Mr Oparanya said.

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