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Launch of EgyInfo 1.0

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Ms. Manar Soliman, DevInfo Master Trainer and Project Coordinator, UNICEF Egypt presenting the EgyInfo to the audience

Cairo, May 27th 2008:
Egypt celebrated yesterday the launch of “EgyInfo 1.0”, the country’s first collective National database system which complies with international statistical standards.
“EgyInfo 1.0” is the outcome of the flourishing partnership between the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), the Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) and UNICEF Egypt.
“EgyInfo” is the Egyptian adaptation of the United Nations data mapping software “DevInfo” which was developed in 2004 and has become a major tool in monitoring human development and the Millennium Development Goals. 
UNICEF, on behalf of the UN agencies in Egypt, has been providing technical assistance for the national partners for use and management of “DevInfo” and in 2006 the UNICEF transferred the ownership of maintaining the database to CAPMAS and IDSC. 
“We believe this dynamic partnership has great potential for the advancement of monitoring, evaluation and policy analysis in Egypt. Improvements in the data quality and quantity on all aspects of the human conditions are essential if we are to achieve social development goals.” said Dr. Erma Manoncourt, UNICEF Egypt Representative.

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Mr. Safwat Salah from CAPMAS receives a Certificate of Appreciation from General Abou Bakr Algendi, President of CAPMAS and Dr. Erma Manoncourt, UNICEF Egypt Representative.

The two leading research organisations have jointly updated and modified the database and developed “EgyInfo 1.0”.  Meanwhile, UNICEF continued its support of the whole process through training, on-the-job consultations and close follow up.
“Accurate and updated statistics are very important for social discussions on development issues and its priorities.  This project provides government agencies, private sector and the civil society with data and information that allows the Egyptian citizen to recognize the challenges facing his society and the achievements made.” Said Dr Magued Osman, Chairperson of IDSC
The data on EgyInfo covers ten sectors spanning Demography, Development Participation, Economy, Education, Environment, Health, Information and Communication, Nutrition, Child Protection and Women.  It is classified according to 174 indicators, 39 of which are standard indicators that are set to monitor the
Millennium Development Goals.  Data were gathered from primary sources such as line ministries and agencies and other secondary sources.
 “This is a major achievement and addition to Egypt’s database, It will assist investors and decision makers in planning, developing, assessing, and making policies and decisions that serves the welfare of the society” said General Abou Bakr Algendi, President of CAPMAS.
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