DevStat joins the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition Network – GODAN

 DevStat joins the GODAN (“Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition”) Network (www.godan.info), an international network of organizations aiming at promoting the dissemination and use of open data to inform policies for improving agriculture and nutrition worldwide. Through the increased access of data from public and private partners, and using statistical analysis techniques, policy-makers should be able to design and monitor better policies.

DevStat’s experience in open data includes organisation an international conference for Eurostat in 2016 on Linked Open Data presenting the methods for increasing the value of data sources through their combination, as well as the statistical analysis of hundreds of thousands of open public tender documents for the support of European trade policies.

José L. Cervera, CEO de DevStat, invited by the Vice-Premier of Ukraine to join a working group of experts to design an integrated information system

“José L. Cervera, CEO de DevStat, was invited by the Vice-Premier of Ukraine, G. Zubko, to join a working group of experts to design an integrated information system for the Ministry of Regional Development, supporting evidence-based decisions in the areas of territorial development. The current process of amalgamation of municipalities in Ukraine, together with the decentralisation of certain competences, together with the preparation of the next State Strategy for Regional Development after 2020 require collecting, processing and disseminating relevant statistical indicators and geospatial information”.

Survey on access and use of ICT by households and individuals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The first survey on access and use of ICT by households and individuals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been recently published, referring to 2017.
DevStat provided technical assistance to the Statistical Office of Saudi Arabia, to design the survey according to the standards of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) manual, of which the 2nd edition was prepared by José Cervera, CEO of DevStat, in 2014 (https://www.itu.int/dms_pub/itu-d/opb/ind/D-IND-ITCMEAS-2014-PDF-E.pdf). The survey interviewed 24.000 households and shows that the Kingdom’s population has access to Internet in a similar proportion than European countries (76% to 94% depending on regions), with a significant difference between Saudis and non-Saudis, and between men and women. As in many quickly developing countries, the connection is more frequent through smartphones. DevStat’s work on ICT indicators has reached a global level, having provided technical assistance to Ethiopia, China, Kazakhstan, Oman, Qatar, as well as in regional trainings in French speaking African countries, English speaking Caribbean countries, Latin America and the Arab region.