IMPACT STORY

Data workshop inspires local NGO

Cote d’Ivoire

The living situation of girls and young women is challenging throughout the world, but even more in developing countries. For example, 60 to 70% women have been exposed to gender based violence, in Côte d’Ivoire according to a recent report on sexual and domestic violence against women and girls by the Centre de conseils et d’appui pour les jeunes en matière de droits de l’homme (Codap). Moreover, according to UNICEF only 15% of children aged 2 to 5 attend school, and young girls comprise the majority of thee 1.6 million unschooled young children in Cote d’Ivoire. “Femmes de Salem, Internationale”, a NGO dedicated to contribute to improving the living conditions of children, girls and women in all areas has been active in this sector since 2002 and has launched a daycare center with the goal of enrolling children aged 2 to 5 in early childhood education.

A recent workshop was conducted by the Consortium Des Chiffres et Des Jeunes, a DCLI-funded program in Cote d’Ivoire, aimed to inventory non-public data sets, held by NGOS. The CEO of the Femmes de Salem, Internationale was inspired to create a system to leverage the paper based information that the Daycare Centre routinely used for their attendees. The resulting analysis has been used to report to the organization on its activities’ impact over the life of this program. This analysis has already been used to ensure that future planning remain aligned with the objectives of improving opportunities for girls and young women.

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