We’re thrilled to announce the U.S. Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative has awarded a $1.9 million grant to the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. As a Strauss Center research partner, Development Gateway will support the exploration of complex emergencies in Asia by creating a series of new dashboards to support high-level geospatial analysis and modeling. We hope to learn about the particular dynamics of these emergencies, and how we might build government capacity to respond to and prevent them.
We, as part of the AidData partnership, engaged with the Strauss Center in 2009 to help build an innovative set of maps and dashboards to visualize the effects of aid on climate change and armed conflict. Together with the Strauss Center, we unveiled the Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program maps in 2011, showcasing a climate dashboard that enables high-powered GIS analytics of spatial indices in a user-friendly interface. CCAPs was a recipient of Esri’s coveted “Special Achievements in GIS Award” in 2013. We look forward to building on this work as we embark on this new research project.
AidData and the Strauss Center also collaborated on the first ever multi-donor geocoding exercise, in partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Finance. We are excited to continue our partnership with the Strauss Center, continuing to push new boundaries in our understanding of aid, conflict, and complex emergencies.
Development Gateway: An IREX Venture (DG) hosted a discussion titled "Transforming Food Systems: The Power of Interoperability and Partnerships" at both Africa Food Systems Forum (AGRF) 2023 and the recently concluded ICT4Ag conference. Discussions from these critical events revolved around key themes crucial to DG’s ongoing work, including connecting people, institutions, partners, and systems when we think about technology working at scale to transform agriculture. In this blog, we explore three key takeaways from these conversations.
The 2023 OGP Summit in Tallinn, Estonia featured a number of discussions centered on open government in the digital age. While the use of digital tools in government is far from a new idea, the COVID-19 pandemic spurred a rapid expansion of this practice, with leaders quickly adapting to remote environments through digitizing government processes
With the aim of improving the efficiency of agriculture data use, Development Gateway: An IREX Venture (DG), Jengalab, and TechChange—with a grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)—recently held a learning event, titled “Digital Agriculture: Building the Agricultural Systems of Tomorrow,” in Nairobi, Kenya. Participants identified two key recommendations for advancing digital agriculture in order to increase food security.