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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.

Introducing: Data… for What?!

To help contextualize the new Strategic Plan, we are launching a podcast series called Data… for What?! This series consists of 5 episodes in Josh Powell and Vanessa Goas talk to DGers throughout the organization – as well as collaborators within our strategic partner, IREX - about how and why we prioritized the various elements of the new strategy. In this first episode, we talk to Kristin Lord, President and CEO of IREX about how our partnership fits into the Strategic Plan; and to Aleks Dardelli, Executive Vice President of IREX and Chair of DG’s Board of Directors, about the process of putting the Plan together at this opportune, yet precarious, global moment.

August 9, 2022 Team
News/Events
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Price & Availability: the Impact of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine on African Fertilizer Markets

In response to fertilizer availability challenges in sub-Saharan Africa which are fueled by the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine along with a host of pre-existing factors including COVID-19, VIFAA is now launching the Africa Fertilizer Watch to track regional and country-level market indicators, productivity and production distortions on food production and agriculture.

August 2, 2022 Agriculture
Uncategorized
Announcing: Development Gateway’s New Strategic Plan

Building on 20+ years of experience, Development Gateway announces its FY23-25 Strategic Plan. DG will expand its role as a global leader in both data and digital for development, working toward a digital development agenda that builds trust between institutions and the constituents they serve. This strategy lays the foundation for how we will achieve that vision.

July 28, 2022 Process & Tools
News/Events
Fertilizer Watch Dashboard Screenshot
New Crisis Monitoring Tool Provides Insight into Sub-Saharan Africa’s Fertilizer Sector

In an effort to minimize the effects of an imminent food crisis in Africa, Development Gateway and partners, Fertilizer Development Center and AfricaFertilizer.org, updated the Africa Fertilizer Watch Dashboard. The Dashboard tracks regional and country-specific impacts from elevated global fertilizer prices, limited supplier inventory, and decreased affordability at the farmer level, which includes data from ten countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.

July 26, 2022 Agriculture
Launch, Program
Filling Tobacco Control Data Gaps in Nigeria

Development Gateway’s Aminata Camara Badji and Seember Ali discuss the Nigeria’s Tobacco Control Data Initiative Dashboard, which launched June 28, 2022.

July 6, 2022 Health
Launch, Program
The TCDI Nigeria Dashboard Launched by Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health

On June 28, 2022, the Tobacco Control Data Initiative (#TCDI) Nigeria Dashboard was launched by Nigeria’s Honorable Minister of State for Health Dr. Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora. Since 2019, Development Gateway has collaborated with University of Cape Town’s Research Unit on the Economics of Excisable Products (REEP) to address barriers to data use in tobacco control by consolidating available and trusted tobacco control data, identifying and filling data gaps, and creating an online resource for policymakers to access the relevant data needed to pass and monitor tobacco control legislation. These findings have come together through TCDI, which is supported in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented in South Africa in addition to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zambia.

June 29, 2022 Health
Launch
Advancing Tobacco Control in Nigeria: The TCDI Website

In June 2022, Development Gateway launched the Nigeria - Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI) Dashboard. The TCDI website creates a “one-stop-shop” to access the relevant data that Nigeria’s policymakers need to advance tobacco control legislation and was created in response to the impending threat of increased tobacco use in Nigeria and the various dangers that accompany it.

June 28, 2022 Health
Launch, Program
Échos du secteur de la noix de cajou – André M. Tandjiekpon

André M. Tandjiekpon, Secrétaire exécutif du Conseil international consultatif du cajou (CICC), donne un aperçu du travail du CICC et explique comment la plateforme Cashew-IN développée par DG contribuera à son travail.

June 15, 2022 Agriculture
En Français, Program
Voices of the Cashew Sector – André M. Tandjiekpon

André M. Tandjiekpon, Executive Secretary of the Consultative International Cashew Council (CICC), gives an overview of CICC’s work and explains how the Cashew-IN platform developed by DG will support his work.

June 15, 2022 Agriculture
Program
How IREX and DG’s Data Ecosystem Assessment Tools Advance Local Priorities

IREX’s Data Compass and Development Gateway’s CALM are methodologies for assessing data ecosystems. While each methodology produces different outputs based on different needs, both prioritize local collaboration and development to produce insights and outputs that reflect local priorities and actionable recommendations that institutions can own and implement.

June 9, 2022 Process & Tools
Explainer, IREX