Measuring Well-Being and Fostering the Progress of Societies
The African Conference on Measuring Well-Being and Fostering the Progress of Societies will gather around 250 regional policy makers, statisticians, academics and other stakeholders in order to reflect on how to measure well-being and the progress of societies, enhance the relevance of measures and analysis for addressing key policy issues, and establish frameworks for future work.
The conference is jointly organised by the OECD Development Centre and Statistics Directorate and the High Commission for Planning of Morocco, in collaboration with the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
The African Conference is one of a series of regional conferences being conducted in preparation for the 4th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policies (16-19 October 2012, New Delhi, India). The 4th World Forum will focus on ¡§Well-Being for Development and Policy Making¡¨ and will take stock of world-wide initiatives on measuring well-being and progress and on promoting the use of new measures for policy-making in developed, emerging and developing countries. The four-day Forum will gather around 1,000 participants, from national statistical offices, government agencies, academia and civil society.
It has been designed using the conclusions of a number of regional conferences on measuring well-being and fostering the progress of societies:
Latin-American Conference: 11-13 May 2011, Mexico City, Mexico (website)
Asia-Pacific Conference: 5-6 December 2011, Tokyo, Japan (website)
African Conference: 19-21 April 2012, Rabat, Morocco
European Conference: 26-28 June 2012, Paris, France (website)
The African Conference will be the primary mechanism for shaping the African contribution to the 4th
OECD World Forum through an open and frank exchange of views, sharing of experiences, deepening of knowledge and understanding and setting the regional agenda.
The two-and-a-half-day event will start with a keynote address by a prominent regional speaker followed by a presentation by the Chief Statisticians of the OECD and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa who will set the scene by describing the latest regional and international initiatives on measuring well-being and progress.
Then will follow a series of thematic sessions:
1. Material conditions
2. Quality of life
3. Sustainability and future challenges
Each of these sessions will follow three stages:
Stage 1 (plenary): General overview will by a guest speaker.
Stage 2 (parallel sessions): Breakout workshops will explore more in-depth specific issues.
Stage 3 (plenary): each workshop chair will report back on the concerns, ideas and proposals raised in the parallel workshops. The session will then end with general discussion and conclusions by the session chair.
In addition, two high level roundtable discussions will be held:
i) How to overcome the challenges faced by national statistical systems in Africa? (Chief statistical officers)
ii) How to better use well-being measures in evidence-based policy making? (Policy makers)
The conference will close with a special session, which will aim to distil the overall conclusions from the conference and move the measurement agenda forward: defining targets, setting benchmarks and achieving concrete outcomes.
Conclusions from the conference will be collected by a Drafting Group, appointed in advance. This group will take note of the reports from the workshops, concrete proposals emerging from the general discussion and conclusions from the Chairs of each session. This information will then be proposed as the main conclusions of the conference during the closing session.
The proposed text will be posted on the conference website for comment until the end of May 2012. Thereafter, it will represent the contribution of the Africa Conference to the 4th OECD World Forum (October 2012, New Delhi). This text will put strong emphasis on operational conclusions, institutional commitments and concrete follow-up actions. The Moroccan High Commissioner for Planning and the Director of the OECD Development Centre will report on this in Delhi during the 4th OECD World Forum.
OECD Development Centre
Mr. Papa-Amadou SARR
Advisor, Regional Cooperation ¡V Africa
Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 24 83 64
High Commission for Planning of Morocco
Mr. Abderrahmane Haouach
Chief of Staff - High Commission for Planning
Tel.: +212 (0)5 37 57 69 04