UGANDA – The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) has introduced the second edition of the National Standard Indicators (NSI) Framework for levels 1 and 2, aimed at tracking the targets set in various national development frameworks.

This document encompasses a range of indicators designed to monitor Uganda’s progress in achieving national, regional, continental, and global development goals.

The framework adopts a hierarchical approach to results, facilitating a nuanced assessment of development outcomes.

During the unveiling on Friday, James Muwonge, the Director of Methodology at UBOS, highlighted the collaborative effort involved in developing the NSI. Partnerships with the National Planning Authority (NPA), the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), and the Ministry of Finance were integral to its creation.

Muwonge emphasized the pivotal role of the NSI in informing national frameworks, the National Development Plan, Sustainable Development Goals, and the East African Community Agenda 2050.

By consolidating indicators into a common network, the framework aims to streamline the tracking of multiple development agendas.

“This is the information that informs the national framework and the National Development Plan. It also informs the Sustainable Development Goals and the East African Community Agenda 2050,” said Muwonge.

UBOS plans to engage with ministries and various government agencies to ensure the framework’s effectiveness.

The Bureau seeks to collaborate closely with these entities to develop indicators that align with the country’s progress and contribute to overarching development outcomes.

Thomas Lutalo, the Head of the Department for Outreach and Quality Assurance at UBOS, underscored the framework’s significance in addressing data inconsistencies among government departments.

Developed in response to evaluations of the first National Development Plan (NDP) and PNSD I, the framework aims to overcome inconsistencies, incomparability, and gaps in data and indicators submitted by government agencies.

“The evaluations further underlined the need to define a national set of indicators to address the challenge and facilitate evidence-based planning, budgeting, resource allocation, and performance measurement for various government programs,” said Lutalo.

The NSI Framework represents a crucial step forward for Uganda in enhancing evidence-based planning, fostering collaboration across sectors, and ensuring a unified approach to achieving development goals.

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