A regional information development committee (C.R.D) was held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at the Diourbel governance, on the implementation of the SDG based territorial information system.
The meeting was chaired by Deputy Governor in charge of development, Mbaye Dione, in the presence of Dr. Amadou Niang, Director of the Millennium Promise NGO and Dr. Lamine Gueye, Rector of Alioune Diop University of Bambey.
Several participants including Moustapha Mbacké, Mayor of the commune of Missira, and Alé Gueye, secretary general of the Diourbel county council, hailed this "collective project of operational research" which "will serve all the territorial collectivities of the region", according to the rector of the UADB.
The committee was an opportunity for the various stakeholders to agree on the deployment of targeted surveys using ICTs and GIS allowing the collection of data on SDG indicators including smoking, alcoholism, road accidents, soil degradation which are relevant to the Emerging Senegal Plan (PSE) as well as they can be located at sub-national level. ICT and GIS tools will also be applied for the delimitation of local communities, village lands, neighborhoods etc.
"Following the baseline study, an online platform will be put at the disposal of the administration and municipalities for them to be able to access their data and better coordinate their interventions in order to fill gaps in education, for example, or in the health sector, "said the CEO of Millennium Promise. The platform will also allow administration and municipalities to assess their tax potential thanks to the tools of Information and Communication Technologies as well as Geographic Information Systems.
Being providers of a number of public services (water and sanitation, education, etc.), "local communities are key players in the fight against poverty," said Mbaye Dione, deputy governor of the Diourbel region. He ensured the involvement of all technical services at different levels of the region.