A three-day training organized by UNICEF WCARO (West and Central Africa Regional Office) took place at the Hotel King Fahd Palace in Dakar to teach participants from 16 nations how to use DevInfo 7.
While most of the focal points present during the May 13-15 training were already familiar with DevInfo (having previously built databases in their respective countries – see example below), some had not acquainted themselves with the web-based, 7th version of the software, released in October 2012.
DevInfo Support Group trainer Jeeveeta Agnihotri walked the participants through a series of exercises to familiarize themselves with features such as Quick Data Search or the 11 customizable visualizations (map, pyramid, treemap, scatterplot…).
“The new features that nearly all of the participants said they enjoyed the most were ‘My Data’ and the ‘Catalog’,” says Oumar Ndao Gning, DevInfo Regional Focal Point at UNICEF WCARO. “These will allow colleagues to look through multiple databases and to be able to visualize their own data.”
Indeed, the My Data feature enables users to simply upload or copy/paste their own data from a file and to visualize their information without having to create a database. Nonetheless, each country representative who participated in the training plan on updating their national database and to convert it in DevInfo 7 format for wider and easier usage.
“A lot of colleagues that might have been skeptical about DevInfo before have now become big fans,” says Mr. Gning.
Beyond these national database projects, the regional UNICEF office intends to develop a regional database (WCARINFO) that will contain key indicators on children and women in the 24 West and Central African countries.
For more information on DevInfo 7, please contact the DevInfo Support Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on DevInfo implementation in West and Central Africa, please contact Oumar Ndao Gning, DevInfo Regional Focal Point, UNICEF WCARO, at email@example.com.