byJonas Enlund via web
In the beginning of June, I headed to Suva, Fiji to join my Akvo colleagues in a workshop with a number of Fiji ministries. As an Akvo Lumen developer, I was looking forward to see how Lumen is used in projects around the world, as well as get some first-hand user feedback from our key partners.
The workshop took roughly a week from the 5th to the 8th of June and the agenda was packed with events around data research and training sessions on Akvo tools. The workshop was attended by representatives from a few Fiji ministries, among them Water Authority of Fiji, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, National Disaster Management Office, Ministry of Health, Mineral Resources Departments and the Department of Energy. From Akvo side, the team was complete with Nikki and Joy from the South East Asia and Pacific hub and myself coming from Akvo Europe.
The workshop was centred around using data to track Sustainable Development goals (SDGs). Tracking progress towards sustainable development goals requires data, which is not always readily available. Therefore, in a number of intense sessions, we delved into identifying and mapping the data needs of the participating ministries. At the start, it was important to do a data inventory and understand what data do the Ministries have access to already. When that was done, we looked into what data they need to collect to be able to track the SDGs successfully and how they could then analyse and make sense of their data.
For me, the most interesting part was the presentation of Akvo tools and particularly the introduction into Akvo Lumen, followed by a training session with the partners. The participants used their own as well as external data to conduct data analysis and visualise their findings. I was excited to see Akvo Lumen in action knowing that we help our partners achieve very tangible and meaningful goals.