Posts categorized Innovation

Artificial Intelligence: A Silver Bullet or Scrap Metal for Global Development?

When someone mentions artificial intelligence (AI), it’s easy to conjure up two conflicting images: the first, killer robots whizzing past, replacing human jobs, daily tasks, and social interactions in a post-apocalyptic world; the second, a C-3PO-esque personality revolutionizing our health and food systems. Pondering this, we are also inclined to explore the question, where does

February 6, 2019 Global Data Policy
Explainer, Innovation
DG and ONG 3D: Collaborating to Engage Senegalese Stakeholders in Open Contracting

As we've covered before, DG is pleased to be supporting the advancement of Open Contracting (OC) and enhancing data use in Senegal and Uganda. Through the Hewlett Foundation, we'll be completing a series of data use projects over the next two years, collaborating with local actors and developing tools to take existing open contracting efforts to the next level. In Senegal, we're working with the Autorité de Régulation des Marchés Publics (ARMP) and civil society partners to support the Government of Senegal and other key stakeholders in using procurement data to enhance procurement results.

September 11, 2018 Open Contracting and Procurement Analytics
Innovation, Open Data, Procurement
Analysis, Action, and Learning: Understanding Next Steps for SEMA and Water Point Data

In addition to supporting timely data collection about water access in Tanzania, the Sensors, Empowerment, and Accountability (SEMA) network provides a public-facing District Water Engineer Dashboard. Figure 1: Screenshot of DWE Dashboard Map This dashboard allows key audiences – citizens, District Water Engineers (DWEs), other Ministry of Water and Irrigation officials – to easily view the

November 14, 2017 Data Management Systems and MEL
Innovation
SEMA and Citizen-Generated Data

“Basically, we used to have two methods of getting information on water infrastructure… The first… [was] the water department at the municipal level would visit the villages once or twice a year during the months of June and December to do stock-taking of all water points and their functionality status. “The second method was to

November 7, 2017 Data Management Systems and MEL
Innovation, Open Data
Sensors, Empowerment, and Accountability: Tapping Water Resources in Tanzania

Access to safe water is essential to our health and wellbeing. As an international community, we recognize this as demonstrated by our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 6, “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” At the national level, universal access to safe water is a core indicator in Tanzania Vision

October 31, 2017 Data Management Systems and MEL
Innovation, Open Data
AidData 3.0: Engine for Growth

In 2003, an undergraduate student at the College of William and Mary set out to write his honors thesis on the efforts of international development organizations to help communities adapt to and mitigate the effects of global climate change. His research quickly hit a roadblock: existing public data on foreign aid flows was not precise

August 30, 2017 Data Management Systems and MEL
Innovation, Open Data
Visualizing the Interdependencies between Conflict, Climate Change, and Natural Disasters

How do conflict, climate change, and natural disasters overlap -- and how can policymakers mitigate these challenges? The Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) program...

July 11, 2017 Strategic Advisory Services
Innovation, Open Data
Tools and Approaches for Avoiding Data Graveyards

Every day, government, civil society, and development agency officials make decisions about where to implement new projects, or how to allocate resources. But how do these individuals make these decisions – what data do they use (or need), and are existing data fit-for-purpose? This Monday, we are looking forward to co-hosting a DC launch event

April 21, 2017
Aid Effectiveness & Management, Innovation
New Tools for Geospatial Data Use

The Aid Management Program (AMP) helps governments and development partners gather, access, and monitor information on development activities, with the goal of increasing aid effectiveness. The Program’s software, AMP, provides visualization tools that enable users to analyze and visualize development activities. Last year, with the support USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network through the AidData Center

April 14, 2017 Aid Management Program
Aid Effectiveness & Management, Innovation
Adaptive Technology: EITI’s New Validation Scorecard

Stephen Hawking famously observed that “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” As with humans, technology tools must also adapt to changes within organizations if they are to remain useful, and, well, “intelligent”. So what does technology adaptation look like in practice, and how can we make the most of it? For the Extractives

March 29, 2017
Innovation, Open Data