Mr. Omar Abdoulkader, focal point of Djibouti DevInfo took over the course after the launch of the national database. 60 students were taught the User and Administration applications of DevInfo. One year later, when Dr Agnihotri met the same group, she reports that they are eager to promote the database in the different ministries where they will start working in the near future. “They are agents of change; a new generation of statisticians eager to promote data exchange,” she says.
According to UNICEF, the life expectancy in Djibouti is 58 years and only 52 percent of the rural population is using improved drinking water sources. DevInfo helps the government allocate resources properly to address real development challenges by monitoring key indicators of health and welfare. The launch of Djibouti DevInfo by DISED, government line ministries, and international development partners coincided with the worst drought to afflict the Horn of Africa in 60 years, emphasizing the need for quality data to better target areas of need.
By supporting the training of University students in browsing Djibouti DevInfo and in creating their own database, the Government is ensuring that future development actors have strong statistical capacities and understand the importance of data transparency.
Data making a difference.
For more information, please contact Konate Sekou Tidiani, Ingenieur Statisticien/DU Epidemiologie, Direction Nationale de la Statistique (DISED) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Omar Abdoulkader Mohamed, Statistician of DISED at email@example.com and or Abdallah Mohamed Youssouf, Programme Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Toshiko Takahashi, Programme Officer/, Monitoring and Evaluation/Social Policy, UNICEF Djibouti, at email@example.com.