Tanzania: Statistics Act Worries Civil Society

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Dar es Salaam — Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are concerned that the Statistics Act-2013 will impede assessment of implementation of the UN-backed Sustainable Development Goals 'Agenda-2030' (SDGs-2030) in the country.

Even so, they hailed the government for mobilising resources for funding development projects.

The CSOs, however, said there was a need for the government to increase allocation of resources in rural areas in order to reduce disparities in urban-rural development.

Addressing the 'Policy Forum Annual General Meeting' (PF-AGM) held in Dar es Salaam recently, stakeholders expressed worries that the law restricted individuals and CSOs from collecting and disseminating data and other statistical information for public consumption.

The Statistics Act-2013 requires the CSOs to publish data that is sanctioned by the country's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) only.

Debating a presentation titled 'SDGs Implementation and Monitoring at sub-National Level,' the network coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr Emmanuel Nnko said CSOs still have time to ensure that they participate in evaluating the SDGs implementation processes.

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