Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU)
The Myanmar Information Management Unit / MIMU is a service of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator’s Office which provides information management services and strengthen analysis and decision-making of the humanitarian and development community in Myanmar.
The MIMU maintains a common data and information repository with data from various sources on all sectors, countrywide, at the lowest administrative unit for which it is available. This information is then made widely accessible to UN, NGO, donor and Government stakeholders in the form of maps, databases and other tools which support the coordination, planning and implementation of humanitarian and development activities.
The MIMU was established in 2007 in response to a survey of the needs of key humanitarian and development actors in the Myanmar. The MIMU comes under the direct management of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and receives strategic guidance from its Advisory Board representing UN agencies, international and national NGOs and Myanmar-based donors. Administrative and operational support is provided through UNDP. This unique position – as an independent but broadly-owned service – also allows the MIMU to play an important role in promoting standards which enable better sharing, mapping and storage of different types of data. MIMU’s services and products are provided free of charge to the non-profit sector. MIMU is currently funded by the Government of Canada and the European Union.
The MIMU provides:
· Common information resources such as the MIMU Contact List with details of 2,680 offices and 1169 individuals from 637 agencies; a mapping of inter-agency Coordination Structures; weekly Meeting Schedules; the MIMU 3W which tracks Who (which agency), is doing What (154 activity types), Where (in which area/village); tracking of planned, ongoing and completed Assessments and Publications; and an extensive Baseline Data database which gathers data on more than 200 indicators from government and other sources in digital form to allow comparison of data from different studies and locations.
· Mapping and visualization services. MIMU is the custodian of the Place codes for all towns and villages across the country enabling mapping of the locations of villages and agencies’ activities to overcome duplication and gaps in support; production of high quality, up-to-date maps of the country’s topography, administrative boundaries, village locations and other features; emergency mapping of areas likely to be affected by major events such as natural disasters; provision of GIS training, mentoring and internships.
· Support to defining information and data management standards enabling data from different sources to be brought together for better analysis and evidence-based decision-making. The MIMU convenes the Information Management Network, the Geographic Information Systems Working Group and South East Data Network, bringing together agencies and individuals with activities and expertise in information and data management to better coordinate the gathering and sharing of information for humanitarian and development purposes. Through the IM Network, Humanitarian Data Disaggregation Standards have been agreed which enable agencies’ data to be brought together for improved monitoring of the humanitarian situation and support.
· The MIMU website - www.themimu.info –bringing together resources with Myanmar and English languages produced by the MIMU and others to support humanitarian and development activities. It has over 39,000 individual users each month. To counter low connectivity, website content is also disseminated on DVDs for offline use.
DID YOU KNOW THAT:
· Who is implementing What, Where: 213 agencies are voluntarily contributing detailed information on their activities across the country to the MIMU 3W to improve coordination and planning of humanitarian and development activities.
· Getting settlements on the map: Just 77% of the more than 66,700 villages countrywide can be located on a map! This has been possible due to the MIMU Place code initiative in which the MIMU is working with its many partners to gather village location information to support better emergency preparedness, response and targeting of services.
· Offering tools for analysis: MIMU’s Excel Heat Mapping tool uses MIMU Place Codes along with your data from Excel spreadsheets to prepare simple "heat maps" at State/Region, District and Township levels.
· Innovative ways to share data: MIMU presented New Census dashboard tools for analysis of the 2014 Myanmar Population and Housing Census data on demographics and economic activity, available through the MIMU website.
· A repository of analyses and assessments: The MIMU Assessment Tracking includes information on almost 500 assessments, analyses and publications, presented by agency, the sectors/topics and geographic areas covered, the method used to gather information, the products available for dissemination and how they can be accessed.
· Sharing resources and information: The MIMU website has more than 39,000 individual users and 274 pages of information on our website.
· Developing national standards: In 2016, MIMU hosted the SuZeeYar, Myanmar Spatial Data Platform Conference in Nay Pyi Taw to share information about ongoing spatial data platforms initiatives in Myanmar, learn from the experiences of national spatial data platforms in other countries, promote and exchange among key stakeholders from Government, NGOs/CSOs, academic and private sectors.
· Building technical capacity: MIMU capacity building courses include trainings on GPS, QGIS, Excel and IM / Information Management. 211 staff from NGOs, UN agencies and government departments were trained in 2016. MIMU distance learning Excel module has been piloted and rolled-out with 20 participants from Rakhine based agencies.
· Completing national datasets: MIMU is working on developing a comprehensive mapping of formal sector schools across the Myanmar country and integration to the Education Management Information Systems by collaborating with Ministry of Education and UNESCO.
No.5, Kanbawza Street, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Phone: 01 2305663
For resources on Myanmar, please visit The MIMU's Assessment Tracking.