Pan African Development Information System (PADIS)

Centre de coordination du système panafricain de documentation et d'informatique

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History

30 Jan 1980, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), as a subsidiary body of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), following recommendations, 1977, Libreville (Gabon), of the Heads of State of Organization of African Unity (OAU) and resolution 359 (XIV), 1979, of ECA Conference of Ministers. Part of the United Nations system. Ceased to exist, 1996.

Aims

Assist African States in strengthening national capacities for collection, storage and utilization of data on development through advisory services, training and user services; promote exchange of information for development among African member States; establish a system to improve access to both published and unpublished documents produced in Africa on questions relating to economic, social, scientific and technological aspects of the development; promote the creation of statistical and other numerical databanks on fields of importance to development in the region; promote the improvement of information infrastructure in African member States in order to strengthen bibliographic control of national development information output; train information specialists at national, subregional and regional levels in order to upgrade skills and introduce modern methods of information handling; promote the utilization of common norms and standards of information handling in the Region and ensure compatibility with international information systems.

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Activities

Phase I (1980-1981): Preparation, design and installation of methodology and system, including installation of computer centre. Phase II (1982-1984): Implementation of an integrated Pan African data bank; training of collaborating centres; installation of five sub-regional offices for computer facilities at MULPOC level; design of telecommunications network. Phase III (1985-1989): Installation in all African countries of PADIS input/output and information services; organization of training programmes in information storage, retrieval and transmission. Current activities: Delivery of advisory services to African countries on aspects of development of information and documentation systems; Training staff of national, subregional and institutional participating centres as well as information policy makers and other system users through workshops, seminars and short courses in information system methodologies, computerized documentation techniques, information systems policy and management and statistical database management and utilization; Creation and maintenance of bibliographic, referral and numerical databases; Provision of user services, including printed outputs from databases, newsletters, selective dissemination of information, current awareness profiles and retrospective searches, question/answer service, hardcopy and microfiche document delivery, databases on magnetic media and consolidating and repackaging of information.

Structure

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Languages

Arabic, English, French.

Staff

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Financing

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 55 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 28 non-governmental organizations.
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Publications

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Information Services

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Members

Members in 40 countries
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Type I Classification

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Type II Classification

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Subjects *

  • Fundamental Sciences
    • Statistics
  • Information
    • Bibliography
    • Documentation
    • Information
    • Data, Codes
  • Cybernetics
    • Systems
  • Development
    • Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

UIA Org ID

F4723

Last News Received

6. Jun 2000
* Subject classification is derived from the organization names and aims.
** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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