The first dimension of human security covered by the Joint Programme is economic security, under which agriculture extension agents have already been trained to provide agro-consulting services in the area, and improved practices of land and water management have been introduced to more than 100 farmers and dehkhans (small farmers). The second is health care security, under which 80 general practitioners and 80 nurses have been trained to provide quality health services. Finally, supporting good governance and creating basic infrastructure has been an important element to help Karakalpakstan and its government: a procurement process to install solar panels in eight rural health centers in Muynak has been started, and water pipelines are to be installed in the Kazakhdarya community of the Muynak district.
In September 2012, 20 members of the Ministry of Economy of Karakalpakstan, completed a training course on “Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Statistics and DevInfo Database Management,” sponsored by --- and led by the DevInfo Support Group.
The program is targeting three districts surrounding the shore that have been identified as underserved and in dire need of improving their access to basic infrastructure: Muynak, Shumanay and Kanlikul, with a total population of 130,000 people.
The four-day training with members of the Ministry of Economy as well as other representatives of the public sector of Karakalpakstan was initiated to provide government officials with the tools to make data-driven decisions. “The goal of the training was to strengthen the capacities of government actors by helping them gain the ability to track the Millennium Development Goals and human development indicators,” says Zakiya Abdurazakova PR & Outreach Specialist for the UN Joint Programme.
Over the course of the three-day training, participants became familiar with UzbekInfo, a DevInfo database that contains socio-economic information on the sub-national level for Uzbekistan. The government officials browsed through the list of indicators available in UzbekInfo, generated tables, graphs and maps, and learned how to create and manage a database with DevInfo Admin 6.0. “In the near future participants will be provided with computers and knowledge support,” says Zakiya Abdurazakova. Equipping data leaders from the Ministry of Economy with the necessary hardware will make it easier for them to create welfare indicators and strengthen MDG monitoring and evaluation capacity on the local level.
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