Our cooperation projects in developing and transition countries

Statistics Norway's main strategy for capacity-building is to work within long-term institutional cooperation projects with sister organisations. Statistics Norway is involved in long-term capacity-building projects in several countries.



The National Statistical Committee (NSC) and Statistics Norway are working together to strengthen the NSC and improve the country’s statistical system. Activities have included support to the NSC organisation in several areas, such as IT, quality control, improvements to metadata systems, project methodology, physical security of data and establishment of an agricultural statistical register. Statistics Norway currently has one long-term advisor situated in Bishkek.


Statistics Norway is part of a cooperation between the National Statistical Office (NSO), the National Statistical System (NSS) and the Ministry for Finance, Economic Planning and Development. The focus of the cooperation is on economic statistics, national accounts and macroeconomic modelling. The project started in 2004. Statistics Norway has one long-term advisor situated in Lilongwe.


The cooperation with the Statistical Office in Mozambique (INE) is organised through a Scandinavian consortium consisting of Statistics Denmark, Statistics Sweden and Statistics Norway. Our cooperation with INE dates back to 1998, and since 2003 has been organised through Scanstat. Our support in recent years has mainly focused on IT development.


Our cooperation with the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) in Sudan started in 2014 with a 3-year agreement. The project entails the ongoing development of economic statistics, support to develop registers and national accounts, and technical support for a national household budget survey.

South Sudan

Statistics Norway and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) are working together on capacity-building, long-term planning and the development of the statistical system. Statistics Norway is also involved in a cooperation project with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP) relating to macroeconomic analysis and modelling. 


In 2015, Statistics Norway and Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) started a cooperation project administered under the Oil for Development Programme (OfD). The statistics component is organised under the Revenue pillar within the Programme and comprises four main areas of activity: oil investment statistics, national accounts, business register for oil and gas sub-sector and institutional cooperation.


Statistics Norway and the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) are working together to improve the monitoring of data on physical flows of metals both within and outside the country. The project is a part of a larger programme led by the Norwegian tax authorities and focuses on building capacity in ZRA’s mining unit. A long-term goal of the project is to assist the Central Statistical Office in producing statistics from this data.

Framework agreement with Norad

In addition to our institutional cooperation projects, Statistics Norway also has a framework agreement with the Norwegian aid agency Norad. The agreement includes support to health statistics projects in cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO). Norad also supports various projects under the Oil for Development Programme.