Project profile — Project for the Regional Advancement of Statistics in the Caribbean (PRASC)


Statistics Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0000000540)
2015-03-03 - 2023-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Suriname (3.90%)
• Saint Kitts and Nevis (5.15%)
• Grenada (5.78%)
• Belize (7.71%)
• Bahamas (6.55%)
• Jamaica (5.02%)
• Guyana (4.50%)
• Montserrat (5.82%)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines (6.52%)
• Saint Lucia (6.15%)
• Dominica (3.59%)
• Antigua and Barbuda (7.61%)
• Barbados (3.69%)
• Trinidad And Tobago (3.38%)
• West Indies, regional (24.63%)


• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Statistical capacity building (16062) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project improves the ability of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries' national statistics agencies to provide solid and credible social and economic statistics to policy makers for use in the development of customized programs to improve the social and economic well-being of Caribbean women and men, boys and girls. It supports activities in 14 National Statistics Organisations (NSOs) and regional institutions. Some of these activities include: (1) mentoring 270 officers from national and regional statistics offices and set up placements in NSOs on international best practices for national accounts; (2) coaching of 270 persons on internationally recognized methods and tools for social and economic surveys; (3) developing statistics centres of excellence in the region; and (4) training to improve data use and dissemination.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) 14 enhanced systems of National Accounts and in the Caribbean; (2) more credible sex-disaggregated socio-economic indicators; and (3) improved sharing and use of sex-disaggregated data leading to better informed policies and programs for improved economic growth and socio-economic conditions for 6.8 million Caribbean citizens.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) implemented 27 (out of a target of 15) concepts, methods, accounts, and indicators newly aligned with international standards or best practices for business surveys and National Accounts. This has contributed to enhancing systems of National Accounts and robust business surveys in the Caribbean region; (2) implemented 27 social and socio-economic definitions, concepts and methods newly aligned with international standards or best practices in household surveys. This supports improving household surveys with key gender-disaggregated socio-economic indicators for the Caribbean region; (3) implemented nine new or improved information sharing mechanisms through the National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and regional organizations (knowledge base, cloud solutions, regional websites, regional centers of expertise). These mechanisms have improved statistical information and expertise sharing within the statistical system, data users, and producers in the Caribbean region; (4) The Project for the Regional Advancement of Statistics in the Caribbean (PRASC) supported National Statistical Offices to adapt activities and develop COVID-related indicator development and analysis; (5) provided assistance to adapt Census 2020 activities including COVID-19 related publications (communications, infographics, data dissemination, and analysis). statistical offices use these to support COVID-19 information dissemination; and (6) PRASC provided technical assistance to support the transition to computer assisted data collection mechanisms.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Other technical assistance
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