The National Institute of Statistics launch updated version of important database that will aid programming, decision making and accountabilty
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 20 July 2011 - Today, the National Institute of Statistics (Instituto Nacional de Estatística – INE), with the support of UNICEF, launched the national dissemination process of the updated version of ESDEM (the Social Statistics, Demography and Economics database of Mozambique).
This database, built on the DevInfo information management system, contains Mozambique's most up to date socio-demographic and economic data disaggregated by province, gender and age, all in one easy to use database programme. This information will be a vital tool to inform decision and policy making throughout the country.
The launch took place at the National Statistics School (Escola Nacional de Estatística) and included representatives from various ministries. DevInfo is a widely used data management tool endorsed by the UN for the monitoring of human development indicators. It is used globally to organize, store and present data in a standardized and user friendly way to facilitate its use and application to development programming. ESDEM, the localized version of DevInfo, was officially developed and launched in 2002 in a collaboration between INE and UNICEF, with a particular aim to monitor vital indicators for development and support the implementation of the (then) PARPA and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Since that time, ESDEM data has been regularly 'refreshed' to ensure its accuracy. Most recently it was 'migrated' from a desktop based version to a web version, to allow for wider accessibility by policy makers as well as the general public, and real time access to updates for ESDEM users. While the web version was launched in late 2010, today's launch marks the start of a national campaign to train data users throughout the country to access and use this important tool.
This new step in dissemination will allow wide reaching use and understanding of key development information well beyond the capital city. With this data in hand, decision makers at the provincial and even district level will have new access to data that will enhance understanding of the situation of the people in their jurisdictions, and a new capacity to plan effectively for their well being.
The online database is available here: http://www.mozdata.gov.mz/esdem/.