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1.2.1. What is Sigmah?

Submitted by pbrunet on Mon, 06/06/2011 - 11:03

Sigmah is free and open source software to help aid organisations manage operational information.
The aim of Sigmah is to improve information management for humanitarian projects by meeting the following needs with a single IT tool:

  • Monitoring projects and funding: Sigmah's homepage is a dashboard which gives an overview of progress on projects and funding.

  • Sharing documents: All key project and organisation documents can be easily shared in Sigmah, so it serves as an information sharing base.

  • Managing the project cycle: Sigmah allows organisations to parameterise their own specific project cycles, and ensure that all stages of validation for each phase and good methodological practices are respected for each project that is monitored. These project cycles can be easily modified by the organisation, notably in response to feedback from staff.

  • Managing the logical framework: The objectives, results and activities of international aid projects are very frequently organised in the form of a logical framework. Logical frameworks can be entered and monitored in Sigmah.

  • Monitoring indicators: Whether connected to a logical framework or not, it is possible to create and monitor the evoluation of all the indicators required for each project. 

  • A calendar and reminders for each project: Meetings, tasks and events linked to each project can be monitored in the calendar using reminders.

  • An offline mode: The offline mode allows users to continue working with Sigmah even when they do not have an internet connection. They can then share their work with their colleagues by synchronising as soon as an internet connection is available again. 

Sigmah is flexible software which can be parameterised, which means it can be adapted to each organisation depending on its needs and constraints. Rather than a standard format for the software, there is a variety of different possible formats. It is the Sigmah administrators (who have particular access rights) who are in charge of the parameterisation of the software.

Sigmah has been developed under an open source licence which means it can be shared and can evolve to the benefit of the humanitarian community as a whole.

N. B. We recommend that organisations go through a general institutional adoption process in order to use Sigmah. For more information about this kind of adoption, consult the Sigmah website (www.sigmah.org).