Raising awareness for quality data and statistics in the water sector in Bolivia

by GIZ

28 October 2020

The Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), with financing of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and in cooperation with the Bolivian Ministry of the Environment and Water (MMAyA) is carrying out the project "Implementation of the Agenda 2030 in Bolivia: ProAgenda 2030”. The general objective of the project is to improve the quality and quantity of data and statistics in the water sector and its use. The project is working on improving the supply and use of trustworthy data in the water sector in Bolivia, both at the national and local level, with a particular focus on two municipalities in Chuquisaca - Villa Serrano and Padilla. As part of the World Statistics Day 2020 celebrations, the project implemented several activities, listed below.

1) A virtual panel discussion with representatives of institutions in the water sector and the national statistics office (INE) on the importance of reliable data for policy making was organized. In particular, the discussion counted with the participation of the Vice-Minister of Drinking Water and Basic Sanitation (Viceministro de Agua Potable y Saneamiento Básico). For the water sector, the issue of reliable and trustworthy data is of particular importance, given the urgency of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and the negative effects of climate change on the reliable availability of water. 

2) Two interviews were given in two local radios in a rural area in Bolivia (Chuquisaca) to raise awareness on the importance of reliable statistics in the face of these emergencies and to support data collection activities in this geographical area. 

3) A note was published in a newspaper in Bolivia (Pagina 7) to generate some general awareness of the importance of reliable data.

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