As if UNAIDS’ sheepish admittance that they’d been using, um, less than completely accurate statistics wasn’t enough, African nations are starting to give more credence to the art form that is statistics.
A resolution presented at the end of the Third African Symposium on Statistics and Development in Accra on Friday noted that resource allocation for conducting of censuses was extremely important.
This was because knowing the size and demography of the population went a long way to enhance effective development planning.
Professor Ben Kiregyera, Director of the African Centre for Statistics (ACS) of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), said it was pertinent to take into account "the acute demand for reliable, timely, accurate and relevant statistics the world over, to manage development results and measure progress".
He said it was important for African countries to ensure that they undertook the census before the end of 2010 to aid development planning agendas.
The participants will work to organize a 2010 census to better understand issues like climate change, conflicts, migration trends, HIV-AIDS, poverty, etc.
Yes, to posses correct information has always been good thing. But it's a priceless thing to possess correct information on your own country. Because sometimes fancy development agencies may not always have your best interests at heart.