DevInfo is a database system designed to collate, disseminate and present human development data. The system helps to organize, store and display data in a uniform format, facilitating data-sharing across countries, regions, UN agencies and government departments. Data are organized by indicators, time periods, geographic areas and sources, and are accompanied by extensive metadata compliant with international standards.
The system has been developed under UN partnership and is distributed royalty-free to all end users. DevInfo is endorsed by the UN Development Group for use by Member States in tracking human development. Its simple, user-friendly features can be used to produce tables, graphs and maps for inclusion in reports, presentations and advocacy materials. In addition, the tool is fully customizable, enabling national governments and other users to create country-specific adaptations.
As an integrated desktop and web-enabled tool, DevInfo assists countries in their strategic planning by:
In addition to regular DevInfo training workshops conducted across the globe, DevInfo is also increasingly part of activities to build capacity at the country level in monitoring and evaluation, statistical literacy and information management.
The latest version, DevInfo 6.0, has evolved from a decade of innovations in database systems that support informed, evidence-based decision-making and that promote the democratization of information and the use of data to advocate for human development. This new version builds on the experience and insights of thousands of DevInfo users around the world.
DevInfo v6.0 Information Series
The series consists of six issues, each one describing a different feature or tool of DevInfo v6.0
DevInfo v5.0 Information Series
The DevInfo Information Series ran on the MDG Net from 5 March to 9 April 2007. The series consists of six issues, each one presenting a different DevInfo topic. It was updated in November 2008.
DevInfo for strategic decision-making -- E-discussion summary
An e-discussion on "The use of DevInfo for strategic decision-making" ran on the Coordination Practice Network (CPN) from 30 April to 11 May 2007. The concluding message summarizes the main ideas expressed by participants during the discussion.