The event was attended by 45 participants from donor agencies, UN agencies, international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government institutions, and academia, with members of the iMMAP Nigeria team and representatives from iMMAP regional and global offices.
On the first day of the workshop, iMMAP information management officers (IMOs) delivered presentations on the achievements and challenges recorded in their respective sectors, sub-sector, working groups, and agencies.
In a year with challenges faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions, iMMAP provided IM services to 374 humanitarian organizations responding to humanitarian needs through IM support in data visualization, collection and analysis. Over 500 tailored-made IM products were developed, supporting the humanitarian response with evidence-based information across the northeast of Nigeria, with a focus on Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY) states.
Furthermore, IMOs working across seven humanitarian sectors actively engaged in improving the IM capacity of 635 humanitarian operators. Complementing the humanitarian IM capacity strengthening sessions which iMMAP provided throughout the year, it has also implemented its internship program - made possible by the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
iMMAP signed with the University of Maiduguri, Borno state in January 2021.
The presentations by iMMAP IMOs also provided insight into the various challenges recorded at the sectoral level, including the lack of data coverage for some crisis-affected communities across BAY states, delayed data submission, and inadequate partner presence.
The sectoral presentations were followed by insights provided by the Borno State Agency representatives for the Coordination of Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Response (BACSDAHR) and University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID). These presentations highlighted the results and achievements of the strong partnership with iMMAP, with the hope to better serve the vulnerable communities across the BAY states in the coming years.
The BACSDAHR presentation, delivered by the Manager of the Borno State Data Center, Dr. Alhaji Maaji Umar Mustapha, outlined the various aspects of the support iMMAP provided to the agency, including iMMAP participation in the agency’s strategic development planning retreat in 2020, the training of staff and interns in data management and visualization and the support provided in the design of the state’s 25 years development plan. Alhaji Maaji further described the importance of the capacity strengthening support he received from iMMAP as a steppingstone to his current position at the Borno State Data Center. Concluding his presentation, Dr. Mustapha stated the following: