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CRMA project officer explaining uses of the digital atlas

EU programme managers learn about South Sudan’s digital atlas, its needs and uses

31 Jan 2013

Juba, South Sudan, 31 January 2013: The Crisis and Recovery Mapping and Analysis (CRMA) project organized a launch of the South Sudan Informational Management Working Group (IMWG) digital atlas on Thursday, 31 January 2013, at the European Union (EU). The event included a brief presentation and training on how to use the digital atlas and generate information.

The IMWG through the CRMA project brings more than thirty institutions, including UN agencies, Government institutions and NGOs together to share information, set standards for data use and ensure development partners are using the same data.

The objective of the training was to provide EU programme managers with information tools to enable them to visualise needs and prioritize their respective development funding across South Sudan. The interactive launch, which was conducted at the request of the EU, focused on the use of the various layers of datasets and maps contained in the digital atlas to help participants identify where the most pressing needs are and set corresponding priorities. Hard copy analysis maps and consolidated draft reports from socio-economic risk mapping workshops in nine states were also shared with the participants at the event.

The IMWG GIS based digital atlas is a comprehensive tool for planners and programme managers, enabling them to integrate a variety of data from multiple sources and to perform timely and credible analyses.

The CRMA project is supporting better coordination of information and facilitating a common baseline among donors and development partners to ensure that all stakeholders are effectively working together towards the common goal of creating a delivering and vibrant state in South Sudan. The CRMA project is funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP.