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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.

Nyandarua, Kenya
Nyandarua County, Kenya Commits to Open Contracting

DG and the Government of Nyandarua County have signed an MOU to create an Open Contracting Portal. This portal will track the Government of Nyandarua’s procurement process, make key data publicly available, and use analytics dashboards in order to learn from ongoing data trends.

October 19, 2020 Open Contracting and Procurement Analytics
Open Data, Procurement, Program, Subnational
Designing Data Strategies
DataStrategiesPlaybook

DG is pleased to announce the publication of our latest white paper, Designing Data Strategies: A Playbook for Action. This work aims to distill lessons learned from our research and collaboration, designing data strategies with development and humanitarian agencies. In the current ‘data revolution’ era, data and digital are both a strategic asset and a source of institutional risk.

October 8, 2020 Global Data Policy
Launch
Join us for “When the Data Stop: Building Resilient Subnational Data Use” on Oct. 15

On October 15 at 9:00-10:00AM EST, DG is hosting a conversation on the sidelines of the 2020 Virtual UN World Data Forum, focused on strengthen local data and statistical capacities moving forward.

October 5, 2020 Global Data Policy
News/Events, Subnational
Thoughtfully Growing a Global Team

For many organizations, working with & managing remote, global teams has become a new challenge during the pandemic. DG has counted on a global team for many years – and we recently committed to growing our team almost exclusively in the countries and regions in which our work takes place. To demystify what could be a daunting process, we're sharing lessons that we've learned from building our global team.

September 29, 2020
News/Events
HIV/AIDS Response Through Youth-Led Community Mapping in Côte d’Ivoire

With support from DCDJ, local youth in Côte d’Ivoire organized a successful mapathon to get community resources, landmarks, and risk zones in Daloa – particularly those relevant to young people – on the map. Through the process, they acquired new skills including OSM tracker to develop map layers, how to collect local data, and how to communicate results stored in a new database developed through the program.

September 23, 2020 Health
Open Data, Program, Subnational
Building Procurement Back, Better

As governments look to “build back better,” we can expect an influx of government spending to stimulate the economy, and a shift in priority goods and services to purchase. While the world transitions from emergency response to recovery, governments’ focus will shift from using technology to procure other products, to procuring technology products themselves.

September 18, 2020 Open Contracting and Procurement Analytics
Open Data, Procurement
VIFAA Kenya Dashboard
Visualizing Insights on Fertilizer for African Agriculture
September 10, 2020 Agriculture
Program
Closing event for OpenDCH
Open Data Center for Health Enables Côte d’Ivoire’s Health Workers to Improve HIV Program Coverage

Through partnerships in Côte d’Ivoire, DG collaborated to build a platform which integrates and visualizes data from multiple sources, using maps and dashboards, for policymakers and health workers. A handoff ceremony caps a two-year effort to improve the data and tools accessible to the country’s health workers.

September 9, 2020 Health
Open Data, Program
In Kenya, Open Contracting Improves Efficiency & Curbs Corruption

With citizens' lives on the line and government spending at record highs, ensuring accountability to citizens is imperative to maintaining trust and effectively managing procurement in response to COVID-19. Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Health to come up with a transparent, open method and mechanism through which all tenders and procurement done by Kenya Medical Supplies Agency will be available online. Much can be learned from DG's experience implementing an Open Contracting Portal in Makueni County, Kenya.

September 9, 2020 Open Contracting and Procurement Analytics
Open Data, Procurement, Program, Subnational
Procurement Data and COVID-19: Buying Smarter in a Crisis

Achieving resilient public procurement goes beyond digitization and automation: data generated through these processes must also be used by government to make smarter decisions – particularly during crisis – and by civil society to hold government accountable for those decisions.

September 8, 2020 Open Contracting and Procurement Analytics
Procurement