A Geographical Information System makes it possible to transform data into interactive maps. It matters in sustainable development actions by allowing:
- Better governance of local projects.
- Better management of projects thanks to shared information.
- Better communication on projects.
AESCD, with help from RAEDD, has developed a Geographical Information System able to convert an excel file localizing villages and populations into an interactive map. It results from a Polytech Angers student’s project in the summer of 2020. A little program in python generates the .html interactive card from the excel file. Internet connection is not necessary with .html file
The excel data base was initiated by Mr Mamane Chadaou, in charge of Decentralised Cooperation in Dankassari. It has been updated since then by AESCD, thanks to Mamane Chadaou’s monthly progress reports.
It is a useful tool to create interactive maps localizing our actions. Up to now, it has been used in France at supervision committees with the Cesson-Sévigné town council, at AESCD general meetings, in various reports as well as in our Magazine.
Now, the goal is to make it possible to use it in Niger and train the RAEDD team, the mayor and the Dankassari elected representatives as well as local services. Eventually, the cards will have to be updated and created in Niger and the tool will be used for decisions and follow-up. A 4-day training session is being organized.