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General support to the National System of Statistics (SEN) and the Instituto Nacional de Estatística (INE)


The project started already 1998 and has been prolonged several times, presently until the end of 2017.


Originally, the project was funded by the World Bank to support the newly formed national statistical institute (INE) with its first 5-year master plan, 1998 - 2002.


Long and short term advisors started helping INE to strengthen already existing systems and support the creation of new ones to build up an efficient system for production of the statistical information required for planning, monitoring and evaluation of the country's development program.


During the period 2003-2007 an even more extensive project was created where Denmark, Norway and Sweden joined to directly finance both technical assistance and statistical activities. A consortium, Scanstat, was formed by Statistics Denmark (lead), Statistics Norway and Statistics Sweden to provide the TA part.


Since 2008 the financing of the project is made through the state budget by the government of Mozambique and a common fund, where at the moment UNFPA (lead), Norway and Sweden are signatories of the Memorandum of Understanding and contributing financially to the fund. Also Denmark, Canada, Italy, the World Bank, FAO and UNICEF are often participating as interested stakeholders in common meetings.


For the period 2013-2017 the contract between Scanstat and INE contained 111 months of long term TA, one in Institutional Development and one in Economic Statistics. There was also space for up to 207 weeks of short term TA covering all aspects of a modern NSO in a developing country. Some of the activities were also executed at other producers of official statistics, starting with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.


INE has now had support from the Scandinavian countries for a long time and we have been in a prolonged phasing-out phase focusing on sustainability and empowerment of the national Mozambican staff. It is encouraging to see how INE is taking up its role within the African statistical society and now often act as promoter and a good example.


Cooperating partner:
Instituto Nacional de Estatística (INE) and


The INE - Scanstat contract for the period 2013-2017 was up to 145 million Mozambican Meticais MZM (approximately 3.8 million EUR) depending on the use of short term consultancies.


More information:
All reports since 2002 can be found here on and all reports and evaluations since the very beginning of 1998 are accessible internally at the INE Intranet.

All reports from the project: