In April 2011, Synergy conducted a week-long training in Abuja as part of the ongoing implementation of Development Assistance Database (DAD) Nigeria. DAD Nigeria is the federal government’s central information system on all external assistance to the country. The training marked the beginning of an intensive capacity development phase following the set-up of the actual online system, which is now fully operational.
Synergy experts trained about 15 donor focal points who have been tasked by their respective agencies to use the system to regularly report data on their development projects. Trainings were also provided to government users and particularly the DAD Nigeria Team of the National Planning Commission (NPC), in such areas as system administration, user management, data validation, and the production of analytical reports. Synergy will continue to work closely with the NPC, as well as the UNDP Country Office, to support the capacity of the Nigerian government to manage the system in a way that ensures the availability of timely and accurate data and that makes policy-relevant information readily available to decision-makers.