First Training of Trainers for the “Statistical Literacy and Capacity Building for MDG Monitoring at the Country Level” Project

Amman, Jordan, 27 November – 3 December, 2006


List of Participants

Information Note


Background Reading List

SLP TOT Final Agenda English | Arabic

Statistical Literacy Project brochure

Shared Country Experiences

Algeria Experience Adapting MDGs

Morocco Experience Adapting MDGs

Jordan DevInfo Presentation

Palestine DevInfo Presentation


Jordan Project Presentation

Jordan Project Report

Palestine Project Presentation

Palestine Project Report

Jordan Background Reading

The National Social and Economic Development Plan English

Human Development Report 2004 English

Millennium Development Goals Report 2004 English

The National Agenda English

Measurement and Analysis of Poverty in Jordan English

Palestine Background Reading

Palestinian Public Perceptions Report IX - April 2006 English

Medium Term Development Plan 2005 - 2007 English

Millennium Development Goals Report 2005 Arabic

UNRWA Medium Term Plan 2005-2009 English

Course Modules

Introduction to the Project MDGs in Your Country

Module 1 Introduction to the Course

Module 2 What are the MDGs

Module 3 MDGs and the Policy Cycle

Module 4 MDGs and Medium-Term Strategies

Module 5 Monitoring the Policy Process

Module 6 Properties of Indicators

Module 7 Introduction to DevInfo

Module 8 Construction of Indicators

Module 9 Living with Error

Module 10 Application of Indicators

Module 11 Data Sources and Metadata

Module 12 Use of MDGs and Indicators in Policy-Making

Module 13 Further Topics in DevInfo

Module 14 Using Indicators to Reflect Diversity

Module 15 Effective Communication of Indicators

Training of Trainers

Module 1 Introduction

Module 2 Organizing a Workshop

Module 3 Preparation for Country Training

Module 4 Planning and Building Courses

Module 5 Effective Lecturing

Final Report

Date and Venue

The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in collaboration with the ‎United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and under the umbrella of the United Nations ‎Development Group (UNDG) are organizing a regional training of trainers as part of the project ‎on “Statistical Literacy and Capacity Building for MDG Monitoring at the Country Level.” The ‎workshop will be held in Amman, Jordan from 27 November – 30 November, 2006 at the Radisson ‎SAS Hotel.‎

Background information

The project aims to provide better access to statistics, to enhance skills required to make more ‎effective use of indicators and data in the policymaking process, and to improve monitoring of ‎MDGs. The regional training of trainers workshop in Amman is an integral activity of the project ‎aimed at enhance statistical capacity and literacy and support evidence-based advocacy.‎

Objectives of the project

‎- Make data more accessible by enhancing the capacity of national statistical ‎offices to maintain a central repository of data for reporting on MDGs

‎- Enhance statistical capacity and literacy by providing training to make better use ‎of MDG data and indicators to improve evidence-based management

‎- Support evidence based advocacy by strengthening data analysis skills ‎

Training Content

The training aims to enhance statistical capacity and literacy at the national level and will cover ‎‎(i) The Millennium Development Goals and monitoring indicators; (ii) sources, methods and ‎metadata; (iii) basic statistical analysis. The training itself is a mixture of lectures, practical ‎exercises, and discussions based on a statistical literacy course entitled "Indicators for Policy ‎Management." ‎

The workshop also includes modules to country trainers to develop, plan, and deliver customized ‎training within respective countries.‎

Expected Outputs

There are two outputs which participants are expected to deliver by the end of the meeting:‎
‎1. A project on "MDGs in Your Country." For this familiarity with the country's national policy ‎issues and data is required. ‎
‎2. A base plan for training at the country level which will developed within country teams at the ‎meeting.‎

Required reading

In order to better prepare for the outputs of the meeting, background reading is necessary. ‎
It is highly recommended that participants familiarise themselves with their country’s ‎development strategies and other policy-related documents. A recommended reading list is ‎attached.‎


Two main country teams will participate in the training: Jordan and Palestine. Participants are ‎from a range of stakeholders including national statistical offices and government and civil ‎society users of data. Participants will be trained as trainers for the subsequent country roll-out of ‎the project. Representatives from NGOs, training institutions, and UN agencies will also be ‎present at the workshop.

Working languages

The working language of the workshop is Arabic; no simultaneous interpretation will be made ‎available.


Arrangements have been made with the Radisson SAS Hotel for accommodation of participants.

Address: Al-Hussein Bin Ali Street,‎
‎11118 Amman, Jordan
Telephone: +962 6 5607100‎
Fax: +962 6 5665160‎

Accommodation will be covered by ESCWA in the Radisson SAS hotel in Amman, Jordan. All ‎participants are expected to stay at the hotel. All other entitlements in accordance with UN rules ‎and regulations will be provided upon arrival to Amman.‎

Travel Arrangements

For Palestinian participants: Please arrange transportation by road to and from Amman. You will ‎be reimbursed for this expense upon submission of entry stamp to Jordan.‎

Other participants: Your travel will be arranged by ESCWA. You will be informed of details and ‎where to collect plane tickets from in due course.‎

Contact persons

For official correspondence:

Mr. Ahmed Hussein,
Head Statistical Coordination Unit UN-ESCWA,

For information on project and training content and other requests:

Léa Hakim or phone +9611-978 470 (direct)‎

For information on accommodation and travel:‎

Nadine Shaar or phone +9611-978 488 (direct)‎



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