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SIB, UNICEF partner to host DevInfo Workshop in Belmopan City

Belmopan City, 10 August, 2009 – In an effort to improve the coordination of statistics and improve data harmonization, the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) and the United Nations Children’s Fund in Belize (UNICEF) have partnered to host a three-day workshop for database personnel from the wider statistical system at the George Price Center in Belmopan City.

Some 20 Statisticians, database administrators, monitoring and evaluation officers and other data entry personnel from governmental sectors involved in the production, management, and dissemination of data in Belize’s wider statistical system are attending the workshop. The personnel will be receiving training in DevInfo 5.0 user and data administration applications. DevInfo5.0 is a database system that provides internationally accepted methods for data organization, storage, and display for easy access across data producers and end users. It was adapted from UNICEF’s ChildInfo database technology and is the monitoring tool to measure progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

According to Glenn Avilez, Director General of the SIB, this workshop is designed to build the capacity of personnel in the SIB and the wider statistical system for improved management and dissemination of data. He said the information shared at the workshop will produce results that will begin to bear fruits almost immediately.

“Because DevInfo is open source and user-friendly, it increases opportunities for availability and uptake of evidence for better monitoring, planning and advocacy, resulting in improved decision making, particularly in the social sector,” Avilez said. “The knowledge gained from the workshop will lead to the launch of an on-line, national, socio-economic database and also facilitate the timely dissemination of 2010 census data.”

DevInfo customizations have been adapted/been in use by the National AIDS Commission (NAC) and the National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) to monitor progress on the national strategic plan for HIV and AIDS and the NPA for Children and Adolescents in Belize since 2004. 

For more information
Neville Samuels, nsamuels@unicef.org, UNICEF Belize
Tamar Hahn, thahn@unicef.org, UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean
Arreini Palacio-Morgan, amorgan@statisticsbelize.org.bz, SIB

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.


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