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Development Information Center

d.i.c.
DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION CENTRE
Knowledge for Sustainable Development

What is the Development Information Centre?

It is a World Bank initiative to create a multi-donor Development Information Centre, designated as D.I.C, whereby the participating agencies agree to put together their development- related information, made up of a physical and electronic collection of books and reports on development topics in a single place.

The D.I.C is equipped with a reading room, I nternet for research, a multimedia corner and meeting room. Its main objectives are as follows:

  • Expand access to information and knowledge about development;  
  • Promote debates on development;  
  • Share knowledge about development- related issues among development stakeholders.

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The D.I.C. provides physical access and also serves as the central contact for persons seeking to obtain World Bank, United Nations and other development agency documents and information. Such information includes institutional and project documents as well as books, periodicals, research data and videos on development issues.

The center also provides space for policy dialogue on development topics, and free access to computers, the Internet and to a variety of online research databases which the World Bank refreshes with the newest data every year.

Which resources and publications are available at the Development Information Centre?
The D.I.C has information about the support provided to Mozambique by development agencies, including the World Bank and the United Nations system. Main themes covered by the collections include:

  • Macro-economics and financial systems
  • Development statistics
  • Maternal and child healthHuman development
  • Agriculture, rural development, environment and tourism
  • Water and sanitation
  • Information and communications technologies
  • Private sector developement

World Development Indicators: This is a premier source of data on the global economy. It contains statistical data for over 575 development indicators and time series data from 1960–2002 for over 220 countries and country groups. Data includes social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators. Data selection screens are intuitive and easy to use. Results can be scaled, indexed against a particular year, viewed by percentage change, and charted. Data can also be exported in standard formats like Excel. The database is updated periodically with annual data loaded in May.

Global Development Finance: This is a database containing statistical data for 147 countries and country groups. The database covers external debt stocks and flows, major economic aggregates, and key debt ratios as well as average terms of new commitments, currency composition of long-term debt, debt restructuring, and scheduled debt service projections. Data selection screens are intuitive and easy to use. Results can be scaled, indexed against a particular year, viewed by percentage change, and charted. Data can also be exported in standard formats like Excel. The database is updated periodically with annual data loaded in January.

E-Library: This is an electronic portal to the World Bank’s full-text collection of books, reports and other documents. It brings together in a fully indexed and cross-searchable database, over 1,250 titles published by the World Bank during the past several years as well as over 1,800 research working papers- a total of over 3,000 documents. Each new title and working paper is added to the database as they become available.

Global Economic Monitor: This is is a one-stop shop portal for analysis of current economic trends, and economic and financial indicators. Global Economic Monitor features up-to-date analysis on global economic conditions, including a daily brief and event-driven focus reports, direct access to high-frequency datasets via Quick Query, forecasts for commodity prices and main macroeconomic indicators for over 130 countries.

 

The Development Information Center also provides online access to its electronic collections, through:

- The World Bank and IMF databases

- UNICEF: http://www.unicef.org
- UNDP: http://www.undp.org.mz/en/publications/publications

 

Who can use the Development Information Centre?
Given the nature of its physical and electronic collections, the Centre is especially addressed to:

  • Researchers, academics and students
  • Government agencies, development institutions and planning professionals
  • Civil society organizations
  • Media
  • Parliament

Where is the Development Information Centre located?

It is located at National Library at the corner between Avenues Vladmir Lenine and 25 de Setembro,  down town Maputo.

 

Mozambique National Library

 

Opening hours:

It is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 17:30 p.m..

 

For more information on the Development Information Centre, please send an email to the following:




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