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Requirements gathering for a statistical database in the IGAD region

IGAD / Djibouti - Establishing the user requirement specifications for a centralised statistical database in the IGAD Region to support evidence-based decision making

SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
SDG 8 - Decent Work And Economic Growth
SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities And Communities
SDG 17 - Partnerships For The Goals

Project Detail

Background

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) sought to build a centralised statistical database for the IGAD region in order to gather, store, exchange, analyse, and visualise statistical data for evidence-based decision making and to contribute to the region's resilient economies. IGAD is made up of eight states from the Horn of Africa, the Nile Valley, and the African Great Lakes. Its primary goal is to handle natural calamities that cause famine, economic suffering, food security, and environmental concerns.


Solution

IGAD contracted Bewsys to identify and design a user's requirement specification for the creation of a centralised statistical database throughout the IGAD region. The study provided IGAD with a detailed work plan for the proposed software, emphasising capacity building and maintenance assistance.

This approach provided a clear blueprint for the IGAD region and NSOs to develop a system that increased communication, coordination, and the interchange of statistical data and information.

Impact

The suggested data management system also supplied evidence-based information for decision-making, assisting IGAD in successfully carrying out its mandate, promoting economic cooperation, and prioritising humanitarian affairs. This has helped the African continent to be one step closer to reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 2 (zero hunger), 8 (decent employment and work), and 17 (partnership for goals).


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