Responding to the SDG16 measurement challenge : the governance, peace and security survey modules in Africa

Résumé : This paper presents an ongoing initiative, built on a practical approach grounded in fieldwork, to produce harmonised statistics on governance, peace and security (GPS) at continental level in Africa. The methodology consists of adding standardised GPS modules to official socioeconomic household surveys. In keeping with the widely promoted principles of inclusiveness and participation, the use of statistical surveys of large, representative samples of the population is a good strategy for voicing citizens' views and concerns. The adoption of the 2030 agenda, which positions institution-building and governance issues as a cornerstone of sustainable development, provides a unique opportunity to consolidate this pioneering African experience. Institutionalisation of the production of GPS statistics by national statistics offices in the official statistics field offers a promising means to take up the Goal 16 measurement challenge. The paper describes the main methodological options for doing so and draws lessons and initial evidence from a dozen countries that have piloted the GPS survey module. Selected empirical results illustrate the analytical potential and policy relevance of this approach. For the first time ever, the GPS surveys form part of an entire mechanism that has paved the way for their institutionalisation at all levels: national, sub-regional and especially continental.
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Mireille Razafindrakoto, François Roubaud. Responding to the SDG16 measurement challenge : the governance, peace and security survey modules in Africa. Global Policy, 2018, 9 (3), p. 336-351. ⟨10.1111/1758-5899.12559⟩. ⟨hal-02265180⟩

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