UNICEF has already contributed to the development of a national socio-economic database for Niger called NigerInfo, which is run by the National Statistical Institute (Institut National de la Statistique). NigerInfo, now available on DevInfo 7, contains nearly 30,000 data entries with over 300 indicators. However, only 10 of these indicators are related to justice; the creation of a special database for the Ministry of Justice represents an opportunity to increase that number.
In December of last year, seven staff members from the central bureau of the Ministry of Justice were trained by UNICEF Niger in creating a database and 22 were trained in using one. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and while these individuals will be initially responsible for populating the database, additional trainings are expected to take place this year for focal points in regional offices. JusticeInfo Niger launched on February 5th, at the Foreign Affairs Ministry (Ministère des Affaires Etrangères).
The database will be updated twice a year and contains 73 indicators, including the number of cases at the Court of Auditors and the number of cases judges are assigned each year. The bi-annual release of data into JusticeInfo will enable all users to access recent information, as opposed to waiting for the annual statistical report. Another added value of JusticeInfo will be the easy creation of tables, graphs, and maps in DevInfo - the newest version of the tool contains eleven visualization objects.