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UNICEF congratulates Uganda on new database outlining key indicators on children

KAMPALA, 5 July 2004 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Uganda today congratulated the Government of Uganda on formally launching a national database that provides wide-ranging and updated information on social development in the country, including those directly linked to the lives of children and women.

UgandaInfo, unveiled today in an official ceremony in Kampala, was developed by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the Office of the Prime Minister and line ministries, with UNICEF support and in consultation with UN and NGO partners.  The database features more than 200 key indicators in education, health, HIV/AIDS and other sectors, and is designed to enable the Government of Uganda and its development partners to better monitor and report on progress toward targets set in national and international binding commitments.  These include the national Poverty Eradication Action Plan and Sector Investment Plans, as well as the Millennium Development Goals and World Fit for Children.

UNICEF Representative in Uganda, Martin Mogwanja, said that UgandaInfo’s capability to organise and analyse information from varying sources, locations and points in time would make the database an effective planning tool.

“With indicators being updated regularly, the user can have relevant and timely information to visualise the situation in a given sector, from the national level down to the district level.  Such information will provide the backbone to efficient decision-making and resource allocation,” he said.

“UNICEF Uganda is particularly pleased that the Office of the Prime Minister, through the National Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy, plans to use UgandaInfo to monitor progress toward the Poverty Eradication Action Plan, and that other national institutions are working closely with their UN partner agencies will be using UgandaInfo to monitor Uganda’s progress toward the Millennium Development Goals,” Mogwanja added.

UgandaInfo is a standardised software application, based on the ChildInfo software developed by the Community System Foundation and UNICEF.  The Uganda Bureau of Statistics and UNICEF will conduct a one-day UgandaInfo user’s training workshop for government officials, 15 and 16 July 2004, at the Makere Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (ISAE) in Kampala.

For more information, please contact:
Juanita Vasquez, UNICEF Planning-Monitoring-Evaluation, Kampala 077 540 830, jvasquez@unicef.org
Chulho Hyun, UNICEF Media, Kampala 077 222 347, chyun@unicef.org
Anne-Lydia Sekandi, UNICEF Media, Kampala 077 409016, alsekandi@unicef.org




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