Sigmah - An information management software for international aid projects
Do you get submerged under all the Excel and Word documents which are exchanged within your organization and with your partners?
Do you struggle to keep a clear and up-to-date picture of the situation on all your organisation’s projects?
Do you often find yourself trying to track down information which is scattered between too many different sources and which is difficult to find in its most up-to-date version?
Do you find it difficult to keep on top of everything that needs to be done because of the number and variety of projects which need to be followed up?
Do you regret not being able to use all the information that has been gathered more easily in order to learn lessons from the past?
Do you want to adopt a Quality approach?
You are not alone …
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In response to these needs, the Sigmah software aims to make humanitarian information management easier by improving certain key functionalities:
- Keeping track of project progress and funding;
- Defining and monitoring indicators at different levels (project, country, region, organisation);
- Centralising project documents;
- Improving schedule management and anticipation using a warning system;
- Implementing a quality assurance approach, by defining criteria and critical points linked to projects;
- Working even when there is no internet connection, and sharing the work with colleagues by synchronising as soon as an internet connection is available again.
This project was launched in response to a collective request from a group of NGOs. During 2009, Groupe URD assessed their needs in terms of information management. This highlighted that they all wanted to improve these priority functionalities.
The fact that the software is open source means that it can be shared and it can evolve, and will be available to the humanitarian community as a whole.
The project is being led by a group of 14 NGOs who are working on it together: Acting For Life, Action Contre la Faim, CARE Nederland, Comité de Secours Internationaux, Équilibres & Populations, Etc Terra, French Red Cross, Groupe URD, Handicap International, Luxembourg Red Cross, Médecins du Monde, Première Urgence-Aide Médicale Internationale, Solidarités International and Triangle Génération Humanitaire.
Groupe URD is in charge of the overall coordination of this collective and is the general coordinator of the project. The project thus benefits from the lessons learned during the development of the Dynamic COMPAS software.
The ActivityInfo software, a system for monitoring indicators developed for UNICEF and its NGO partners in Congo, has also been integrated initially into the project.
IT companies, universities and engineers’ schools, ergonomists, graphic designers and other specialists are also involved, bringing their expert knowledge to the project.
This software is being developed using what are known as ‘agile’ methods, which are pragmatic methods based on close collaboration between the development team and the users. Frequent exchange means that users are able to give developers feedback allowing the project to evolve step by step, based on better understanding of real needs.
Whether you are involved in the international aid sector or not, and whether you only have a few minutes, or more, to spare, you can get involved in a number ofways...
- you can test the software and tell us what you think about it
- you can join the group of developers
- you can support us financially!
Visit the website www.sigmah.org to find out more and get involved!