National Statistical Committee: thorough measuring is effective managingAug 10, 2016
“The government has committed itself to ensure that every citizen has access to water. In the National Strategy for Sustainable Development there is an entire section dedicated to drinking water. Decisions are made on the basis of the data collected by the National Statistical Committee and it must contribute to its implementation. After all, if we do not measure, we do not manage effectively. Therefore, specifically for the village, a statistical reporting form was developed, which is called “1 - Drinking water in rural areas”. On the basis of these data, we can manage more effectively the sector of water supply in rural areas,”- says Kanykei Orozbaeva, Head of the statistics department of sustainable development of the environment, the National Statistics Committee.
The form was developed and put into use in 2015 in the framework of the GoAL WaSH UNDP “Environment Protection for Sustainable Development” project and the first results were received this year. As they showed, while the respondents were not capable to fill it, as well as accounting bodies were not always able to analyze them. Therefore, the National Statistical Committee and the Department of the drinking water supply of the State Agency for Architecture, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support of GoAl WaSH UNDP, organized workshops on co-education of the respondents (RDWUUs), and those who receive reports on a new form (district statistical committees).
The head of department of development of water supply and sanitation department of drinking water supply of the State Agency for Architecture, Construction and Housing and Utilities Ms. Shaiyrgul Orozbakieva also agreed: “The country has 633 rural drinking water users’ unions which manages water supply systems in the and they have to report on the conditions of these systems. As a result of the new statistical form we will have a picture of the state of water infrastructure in rural areas: technical specifics, which villages have water-supply, state of pipes, leaking and etc.”
Recently more than 70 district staff members of the National Statistical Committee and heads of NGOs of Rural Drinking Water Users’ Unions (RDWUU) from Naryn, Talas, Chui and Issyk-Kul oblasts underwent a two-day training on the correct filling of a new form of statistical reporting “1- Drinking water in rural areas”.
This was the first workshop of training on proper statistical reporting in 2016 for northern part of the Kyrgyz Republic. Within a month the NSC and Department of drinking water development, with support of GoAL WaSH UNDP, will organize trainings for other oblasts of the country.
Aigul Bolotova, UNDP Sustainable Development Dimension PR/Communications Specialist, Photo Credit: Aigul Bolotova