Maldives launches MDG database MaldivInfo
27 June 2007 – A powerful new tool for measuring the progress of development in the Maldives was launched today. “MaldivInfo” is a database with mapping capabilities that will provide policymakers, media and the general public with up-to-date information on key social indicators used to track the country’s progress towards the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).
Through MaldivInfo, users with basic computer skills can now see how the Maldives has progressed in key areas of development over the last 17 years, and where additional work, and resources, are still required. Comparative information on the status of key development indicators in the Maldives can also be generated via tables, graphs and maps. Where available, data is disaggregated down to island level.
MaldivInfo supports the improved use of disaggregated data and information for more equitable policy development. It promotes evidence-based planning for effective programme interventions as highlighted in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) which is the UN’s system’s programming framework, covering the period 2009-2010 in the Maldives. MaldivInfo has
“Access to information is an integral component of establishing good governance and as a monitoring tool," said Patrice Coeur-Bizot, the UN Resident Coordinator during the launching ceremony. "MaldivInfo will be key to transparent monitoring of progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.”
The database was adapted from the internationally-developed DevInfo technology to the Maldivian context, and was developed by the Ministry of Planning and National Development in conjunction with UNICEF and supported by other UN agencies. MaldivInfo will continue to be expanded to include national indicators and emergency preparedness data that reflect the 7th National Development Plan
MaldivInfo holds Millennium Development Goal indicators from key national data sources, spanning 17 years: Census (1990, 1995, 2000 & 2006), Vulnerability and Poverty Assessments (1&2), Tsunami Impact Assessment Survey, Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (1&2), Reproductive Health Survey (1&2), and the Statistical Yearbooks since 1990. Other indicators available from survey sources have been incorporated to provide a total of more than 280 indicators and more than 70,000 data values.
Thirteen MDG indicators that have been calculated for the first time down to island level from the last four Censuses are also being released for the first time in this edition of MaldivInfo. MaldivInfo CDs are available from the Ministry of Planning and National Development, and the database can also be accessed on the Internet at www.maldivinfo.planning.gov.mv.