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Stories, ideas, and updates from DGers around the world

The Development Gateway blog is where DGers share specific learnings, offer thought-provoking insights, and pose challenging questions for the sustainable development community derived from our work.

Our blog has a deep archive going back to 2005. Each post is a snapshot into our work, priorities, and values.

An aerial view of Bogotá, Colombia on the cover of the Data Value Project’s white paper. Photo credit- Bergslay:Pixabay.
Challenging Pessimists—and Optimists—to Reimagine Data and Power

Josh Powell and Jenna Slotin reflect on the Data Values Project and building a movement for change in data for development.

May 10, 2022 Global Data Policy
Data Use, Open Data
Five Tips for Successful Co-Design

As co-designing gains traction in the international development sector, Deputy Director of Programs Andrea Ulrich outlines five ways in which DG has found success co-designing projects with stakeholders.

April 14, 2022 Strategic Advisory Services
Process
Cashew-IN Platform Demo

Development Gateway (DG) and Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) have partnered to launch an innovative platform to support the West African cashew sector and increase profitability for cashew farmers. Comprehensive and reliable data is required for cashew farmers, producers, processors, and others in the West African cashew sector to increase profits, reduce loss, and improve global competitiveness. In this video, Vanessa Baudin Sanchez and Nadejda Mândrescu demonstrate the features of the Cashew-IN platform and discuss the underlying technology.

April 7, 2022 Agriculture
Explainer, Tech Stack
AD3ventures in Mapping

Administrative data – data from civil registration and vital statistics systems, and sectoral (health, education, judicial, social protection) management information systems – is rich with insights on citizen needs and priorities. Though timely and disaggregated administrative data can complement official statistics, it comes with its own data quality, availability, and use challenges.

March 16, 2022 Agriculture
Data Visualization, Explainer
AD3 ou une aventure cartographique

Par le biais d'AD3, nous avons développé un tableau de bord qui se concentre sur le climat, les prix du marché, les maladies du bétail, le niveau des fleuves et les précipitations annuelles, entre autres thèmes. Si le tableau de bord lui-même est un référentiel d'informations utile, la méthode d’élaboration des cartes et d’itération des commentaires des utilisateurs a permis d'identifier les bonnes pratiques en matière de visualisation des données.

March 16, 2022
Data Visualization, Explainer
Women in Mining as Actors of Sustainable Development

Launched last week in Conakry, the Women in Mining initiative builds on our existing work in the mining industry in Guinea. With partners, DG will assess the involvement of women in disbursement of local economic development funds in the Boke region and develop a digital tool to visualize the findings.

March 8, 2022
Launch, Program
Les femmes des zones minières, actrices du développement durable

Lancée la semaine dernière à Conakry, l’initiative “Women in Mining” s’appuie sur notre travail existant dans l’industrie minière en Guinée. Avec ses partenaires, DG évaluera l’implication des femmes dans le décaissement des fonds de développement économique local dans la région de Boke et développera un outil numérique pour visualiser les résultats.

March 8, 2022
En Français, Launch, Program
Designing Data Visualizations: Merging Best Practices and Design Thinking

DG has been co-designing data visualizations with partners and stakeholders for over a decade. Thinking about the ways people process information is crucial to developing easy-to-understand data visualizations. In this post, we examine best practices for incorporating user-centered design into our data visualization outputs.

March 3, 2022 Global Data Policy, Strategic Advisory Services
Data Visualization, Explainer
Screenshot of the TASAI-VISTA Dashboard showing an overview of Kenya's seed sector
Launching Today: Dashboard to Support Seed System Development in Africa

Since 2019, Development Gateway, The African Seed Access Index (TASAI), and Cornell University have been developing a new dashboard to support policy reform by government, investment priorities by development partners, and strategy by private companies working in Africa’s formal seed sector. The new, interactive digital tool will visualize and use data to support a fully functional formal seed system.

March 1, 2022 Agriculture
Launch, Program
Announcing: The VIFAA Accelerator

Since 2017, Development Gateway and partners have been working on the Visualizing Insights on Fertilizer for African Agriculture (VIFAA) Program to support development partners and the private sector to respond to changes in the fertilizer market, ensuring that sufficient quantities and appropriate fertilizers reach farmers at the right time for planting. Recently, DG received funding to expand the program to include four to six additional countries through 2023.

February 16, 2022 Agriculture
News/Events, Program