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Launch of the updated version of national database on social, demographic and economic statistics on Mozambique

© UNICEF/MOZA-01571/G.Pirozzi

Maputo, 22 May 2007- The National Institute of Statistics (INE) launched, on 22 May, the fourth version of ESDEM – a digital database containing the most updated statistical information on Mozambique, at social, demographic and economic levels.

ESDEM, available on CD-ROM, is a practical utility software for policymakers, journalists, civil society activists, human development experts, students and the public at large.

As a source of information, ESDEM allows us to access a wide variety of data from household surveys, routine sectoral information, and health, water and sanitation, governance, science, technology, education, economy, HIV/AIDS, environment, population, and other information.

This database was developed with UNICEF’s support, based on a globally UN-promoted software aimed at facilitating access to socioeconomic data in all its member-states. The first ESDEM version was launched in 2002. Since then, this database has been updated with recent information from various sources, such as surveys and official data from different institutions.

The digital and interactive format in which this information is presented brings multiple advantages for users, allowing them to compile, in only one system, all national-level human development information, to access instantaneously data, to organize and share data by indicator, time periods and geographical areas, to monitor progress, to analyse trends, and to quickly reproduce the corresponding tables, charts and maps.

ESDEM is a key informative instrument for planning, programming  purposes as well as for national-level political, economic and social development, allowing the user to monitor human development progress in the context of national and international commitments such as the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PARPA) and Millennium Development Goals.

To facilitate the use and promote dissemination of this software by the various institutions, a set of training activities have been planned in various parts of the country.

The official launching ceremony of this fourth version of ESDEM was held in Maputo with the participation of the Chairman of the National Institute of Statistics, João Dias Loureiro, and the UN Resident Coordinator, Ndolamb Ngokwey.



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