Civil servants attend DevInfo workshop for nation building

Civil servants from several Ministries and the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on Wednesday concluded three-days of attending the DevInfo User and Database Administration Training Workshop that took place at the UTS Training and Development Center. 

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The workshop is part of the Island Government’s commitment towards the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The main objective of the workshop is to train participants in the administration, maintenance and the usage of the database.

DevInfo will be used to support the monitoring of progress towards the achievement of the MDG, the results of which will be directly applicable to the strategic planning of the Government of Sint Maarten.

It is a database system that is used to compile and disseminate data on human/social development.

The trainees were enthusiastic and have spoken very positive about the multi-usage of the DevInfo, for more purposes than MDG issues alone. At the end of the third day, the trainees received DevInfo certificates from the organizers.

The DevInfo workshop forms part of the activities of the project, "Capacity Development for Nation Building of the Netherlands Antilles."

It is a partnership agreement between the Government of the Netherlands Antilles and the United Nations Development Program in Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Aruba and the five Dutch Antillean islands.

The workshop provided participants with hands-on expertise and comprehensive knowledge in setting up the DevInfo application software as another tool to support the CBS. By making DevInfo available to the civil servants in the various government ministries, employees can access a centralized data source and use this data for reports, proposals and policymaking.

DevInfo was developed by UNICEF in cooperation with the United Nations System to assist the UN and Member States in tracking progress toward the MDG.

In 2002, DevInfo was proposed as a standard software package for the whole UN system. Its specific purpose is to store existing data, identify gaps in the MDG indicators, provide a single entry point for data on the MDG indicators, and disseminate information simply and attractive.

The workshop was organized by former Directorate Department of Projects & Programs (DPP, now BAK, Department of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations) in collaboration with the Federal Government Department of Development Cooperation (DEVCO) and the UN.