Statistics Botswana (SB) kick started this year by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP) to formalize and solidify their partnership in January 2018.
The signing on behalf of SB was done by Statistician General Ms. Anna Majelantle while Acting Chief Executive Officer for ACHAP Mr. Lesego Busang signed on behalf of ACHAP. However, the signing was officially done without any ceremony.
The MoU which provides an overarching framework to encourage collaboration between the agencies articulate the principles by which jointly supported activities might be developed and executed. The partnership will also improve data sharing protocols between ACHAP and SB as well as improve collaboration in secondary data analysis.
The collaboration will further look into the following: Technical assistance; statistical capacity building; research; innovative data processing; monitoring and evaluation; and data dissemination for the production of quality official statistics and informed policy and decision making.
Furthermore, the collaboration contributes to the efficient and effective monitoring and evaluation of National Development Plans (NDPs), national priorities and international frameworks and provision of official statistics through data sharing arrangements.