SwaziInfo is a national database system that harnesses the power of advanced information technology to compile and disseminate data on human development. It contains merged country level datasets on global and local indicators obtained through national surveys such as the Swaziland Housing and Population Censuses, Swaziland Household and Income Expenditure Surveys (SHIES) and Swaziland Demographic Health Surveys (SDHS), statistics from the different line Ministries, Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs), institutions and agencies that collect , process, analyze and disseminate information. In addition, progress on the MDGs, Poverty Reduction Strategy and Action Plan (PRSAP), United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (VAA), Gender Themes and many more development frameworks and strategies can be tracked as well.
The first version of the database, Swazi Info 1.0 was launched in 2006 and the second version, SwaziInfo 2.0 in 2009. Continuous upgrades and updates are done on a daily basis hence work is in progress for the next version of the database to be likely launched in September 2011. This database is efficient and enables quick access to the latest information updates and also time series of the country’s statistics.
CensusInfo is a newly developed, similar database system as SwaziInfo. It differs from SwaziInfo by its organization, storage and dissemination of census data only. CensusInfo’s unique focus on the population census is due to the characteristic of censuses of being able to provide comparable basic statistics for a country as a whole, and, more importantly, at small administrative levels or domains. Census information, therefore, contributes to overall planning in a country or area by making it possible to objectively plan at sub-national administrative levels.TheCensusInfo database will be launched in September 2011.