The RSS's International Development Working Group has been formally approved as a new section. As of 1 July, the new section, which will be known as the International Development Statistics Section (IDSS), will take forward RSS work in international development, in three broad areas:
- Policy and advocacy – on topics relating to international development statistics, including helping to link up users with producers.
- Learned society – developing the knowledge base and sharing good practice amongst RSS members and others through meetings and events.
- Professional development and capacity building – initiatives to support statisticians and statistical systems in developing countries.
The International Development Working Group was set up in July 2013 and has already begun to make a valuable contribution to the international statistical development debate, having organised a number of events to discuss issues relating to statistics and statisticians.
The IDSS is open all those with an interest in development and statistics. The committee currently includes Jenny Church as chair, Graham Eele (vice-chair), Phil Crook (secretary), Matthew Powell (meetings secretary) and Jagdev Virdee (responsible for communication).