After June 30th 2013 revolution, Egypt started formulating new era of public policies that became more sustainable development oriented. Therefore, it became too much essential to have an evidence-based spatial information system to support the public policies formulation, investment potentials, entrepreneurship, and other development activities. CAPMAS, as any national statistical office, has the national responsibility to produce the system of official statistics, which was considered the core seed of start constructing the desired system based on the national statistical flow that is already running in an almost systematic way. Thence, CAPMAS carried the responsibilities of analyzing the various stakeholder’s needs, then, the execution and incubation of the first Egyptian geospatial information portal.
In 2015, CAPMAS approached WFP to receive the technical support in designing the desired system, and to overview the international experience as well as the best practices. Through exploring various possible technologies and solutions, they approved the use of ESRI technology, then the analyze and design phase was started to illustrate the main and detailed lines of the desired system, taking-into-consideration the both national and international development agendas, Egypt-2030 and SDGs. The first phase was launched November 2015, in a key-event under the auspices of H.E. Minister of Planning, and notable attendance from various society elites. One of the main believes that was applied since the first phase is the concept of open data, with an attention to the privacy according to the international data dissemination standards.
The Egy-GeoInfo is used to disseminate the various statistics and information, which are related to the national official statistical system, to all beneficiaries starting from the high-level decision makers and ending with the normal Egyptian citizens who are keen to know the most updated statistics. Therefore, Egy-GeoInfo (http://www.geoportal.capmas.gov.eg/) is typically the first Egyptian Geospatial gate to provide access to a huge set of multi-sectorial information based on geospatial techniques.
The conclusion that the ultimate goal of using the geospatial platform is to strengthen the capacity of the government of Egypt to monitor and respond to different types of risks, including food security and vulnerability risks, and to ensure that informed policy interventions are in place through providing a wide set of statistics, including key performance indicators for public services and facilities and macro-economic performance and social justice. Therefore, Egyptian government, NGOs, private sectors, parliaments …etc could use the published geo-analytics to monitor the national Egypt-2030 vision, as well as the global SDGs agenda.
In September 30th 2017, CAPMAS announced the results of the first e-census, which achieved in 2017 to survey the population, housings and establishments. In this event, CAPMAS announced that the second generation of Egy-GeoInfo, which will take-place early of 2018, will include the full census 2017 results.
As a result of collaborative efforts, Egy-GeoInfo is able to provide the following services:
- A one-stop shop portal, which packages Egypt statistical data with an easy to use web GIS application.
- A centralized Geospatial repository, which hosts the data from different databases accomplishing the national system of official statistics.
- Enhance the collaboration with various government agencies on a national level using the Geoportal capabilities.
The Egy-GeoInfo has received excellence awards and been presented in various international forums on open data approach and advanced information technology such as:
- Receiving a shield of the effective partnership with the Government of Egypt and WFP Egypt Country Office 2016.
- Winning of Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award as best smart E-Gov. application in 2016.
- Winning of the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award – USA -2017.
- The CAPMAS representatives in the 48th session of UNSD meeting in New York announced the portal, and expressed CAPMAS ability and willing to share the knowledge with the countries that are working on or thinking of such portals.
The Egy-GeoInfo has many aspects of success and excellence, as well as lessons learned to disseminate and replicate to benefit other countries, in particular:
- System Sustainability: the GIS-team in CAPMAS, which had been formulated for more than 15 years till date, is the main entity responsible for mobilizing the geospatial techniques, so that there is no doubt that the Egy-GeoInfo portal is one of the incubated systems inside CAPMAS.
- G2G dialogue to include more government institutions in this platform, and to make sure that these G2G initiative is working to link all government institutions under one-formal-umbrella.
WFP Egypt Country Office started a dialog to transfer this experience to the African countries and beyond the Africa. A high-level mission from the Ethiopian Statistical Office visited CAPMAS to learn more about the experience and to discuss the ways of collaboration.
Partners: Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), United Nations, World Food Programme- Egypt CO, Esri Northeast Africa (Esri-Nea).
Budget: The phase I of the solution costs 172K$, while phase II costing 60K$. This cost includes, purchase of the software, capacity building and training workshops to CAPMAS permanent staff, maintenance fees for 2 years.
CAPMAS: Dr. Mohamed Ramadan
R&D Advisor to CAPMAS President
WFP: Dr.Menghestab Haile
Representative and Country Director
World Food Programme - Egypt Country Office