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CISPop: Better Data for Better Policies

Robust statistical systems to collect, analyse and utilize population data are essential for creating policies that enable societies to thrive in the face of the demographic trends being experienced in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

To strengthen such systems in the CIS region, UNFPA’s Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Russian Federation launched a three-year programme in 2019 to support policymakers in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The USD $4 million CISPop programme builds on previous close collaborations, including an already-completed project in Belarus to boost national capacity to use demographic data in policy development and planning. A similar project is being implemented in Kyrgyzstan to prepare for the 2020/2021 population census and improve administrative data. A third national project is underway in Tajikistan, supporting the population census of 2020. 

The new regional programme aims to expand these models into a more regional approach, and to link regional population analysis to global dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Its four key objectives will significantly boost the capacity of CIS states to understand, anticipate and manage population trends for sustained future development:

1) Supporting the 2020 round of Population and Housing Censuses

By providing technical assistance and capacity-building, the programme aims to ensure that every CIS member state is able to conduct a national census that meets international standards, with the data acquired made accessible in an open and timely manner.

2) Improving the analysis and utilization of population data

The programme aims to establish a regional “centre of excellence,” the first in Eastern Europe and Central Asia for Russian-speaking countries, which would undertake National Transfer Accounts (NTA) studies that integrate population dynamics into macroeconomic analysis. It would help introduce this methodology in the CIS region while also fostering exchange of experiences with similar entities around the world. 

3) Enhancing regional dialogue and knowledge exchange on population data and development of evidence-based population policies 

UNFPA and the Russian Federation will co-host regional conferences on population and development as well as a technical working meeting for CIS Statistical Offices. They will also develop effective communications materials, translate key international manuals and guidance documents into the Russian language, and advance the CIS regional perspective at international conferences, UN events and other forums.

4) Enhancing national capacities of CIS member states on sociodemographic knowledge and its application for meeting the SDGs

UNFPA’s network of academic institutions will be mobilized to implement a capacity-strengthening programme on measuring population-based SDG indicators. This is expected to enhance the availability, quality and timeliness of indicators related to population and development, particularly in the areas of youth, ageing, and gender statistics. 

Key partners for implementing the CISPop programme are the Information and Publishing Centre “Statistics of Russia” (RosStat) and the Interstate Statistical Committee of the CIS (CISStat), along with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and a range of other academic institutions, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD).