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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.

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Announcing Development Gateway’s aLIVE Program: Advancing Livestock Data in Ethiopia

Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG)—with funding from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and in partnership with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture (MoA)—is pleased to announce a new program, a Livestock Information Vision for Ethiopia (aLIVE). This four-year, $5 million program will empower Ethiopia’s stakeholders in the livestock sector to make data-informed decisions by providing relevant, accurate, timely, and digital livestock data and analytics. Ultimately, the aLIVE program will support Ethiopia in meeting national food demands as well as achieving food security while building a robust, more independent economy.

December 2, 2022 Agriculture
Launch, Program
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Launching: Digital Advisory Support Services for Accelerated Rural Transformation (DAS)

The Digital Advisory Support Services for Accelerated Rural Transformation (DAS) Program launched in March 2022 and will go through March 2025. Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) will implement the grant in partnership with Jengalab and TechChange to advance Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) in the agricultural sector across Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

October 21, 2022 Agriculture
Launch, Program
Nigeria’s Changing NPK Market (Part 2)

In their second blog exploring Nigeria’s changing fertilizer market, Vinisha Bhatia-Murdach and Scott Wallace dive deep into the details of the NPK fertilizer market and explore how Nigeria became a leader in this space. They also discuss why the VIFAA Nigeria dashboard is an important part of ensuring access to information at each point in fertilizer supply chain.

October 4, 2022 Agriculture
Data Use, Explainer
Thinking of Investing in a Data Ecosystem for Sustainable Development?

Many factors must be considered before investing in a data ecosystem for sustainable development, including the objective of the assessment, the focus level, and specific goals for data outputs. IREX’s Jesus Melendez Vicente and DG’s Carmen Cañas would like to share a few insights and questions to help you get started, including a curated list of tools for data ecosystem assessments.

September 27, 2022
Data Use, Explainer, IREX
Announcing: Data-Driven Decision-Making Mapping in Education

Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) and IREX, in partnership with the Hewlett Foundation, are pleased to announce a new research program supporting data-driven decision-making in education in East and West Africa. This two-year, $300,000 project to map education data and decision ecosystems in Kenya and Senegal will focus on the variety of administrative, census, and survey data collected to implement and monitor primary and secondary education. The goal is to holistically understand the barriers to more effective data collection, sharing, interoperability, and use. By understanding the barriers, we can better design support for more robust education data ecosystems that drive better learning outcomes.

September 22, 2022
IREX
Exploring Digital Transformation & Emerging Technology

Our final episode of "Data… for What!?" about our strategic plan Josh Powell speaks with Fernando Ferrayra and Annie Kilroy about digital transformation, ways to center the user, and our approach to emerging technologies.

September 20, 2022 Process & Tools
Explainer
Improving Land and Crop Use Data in Nigeria – The VIFAA Innovation Fund

Our Visualizing Insights for Fertilizer in African Agriculture (VIFAA) Program launched an Innovation Fund to address data shortages relating to total crop production. Building on its track record of mapping land cover, Quantitative Engineering Design (QED) was selected to tackle the challenge of mapping Nigeria’s croplands. Through the Innovation Fund, DG and partners will use the resulting data and maps to answer two questions: (a) what is the total cropland under production in Nigeria and (b) what is the cropland under production by crop type.

September 14, 2022 Agriculture
Data Use, Explainer
Échos du secteur de la noix de cajou – Kassimou Issaka

Kassimou Issaka, agroéconomiste et directeur général de l'Agence territoriale de développement agricole (ATDA Pôles), donne un aperçu du travail de l'ATDA et explique comment la plateforme Cashew-IN développée par DG et CNFA soutiendra son travail.

September 12, 2022 Agriculture
Program
Voices of the Cashew Sector – Kassimou Issaka

Kassimou Issaka, Agroeconomist and General Manager of the Territorial Agency for Agricultural Development (ATDA Pôles), gives an overview of ATDA Pôles’ work and explains how the Cashew-IN platform developed by CNFA and DG will support his work.

September 12, 2022 Agriculture
Program