Twenty years ago, DG began as an idea, “How can we leverage the power of the internet to understand who is doing what, where, and to what effect?” This summer, we are celebrating DG’s 20th anniversary, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you! From today through the end of August, we will take stock of where we have been, examine where we are now, and look to the future of DG.
DG was spun out of the World Bank on July 14th, 2000. For those of you who knew DG twenty years ago, you might be surprised to learn just how much we have grown and evolved. As an organization that values learning, we have approached each project and partnership as an opportunity to better understand what works and why. We have become research and policy experts in data uptake and use, as well as have grown our footprint as global technology service providers. For individuals and organizations that have worked with us for the past twenty years, we look forward to celebrating our mutual successes and sharing what we have learned from you. For those of you who primarily know DG as we are now, our 20th Anniversary celebration will share more about how our work, learnings, and partnerships have shaped our approach and our values. We look forward to sharing this year’s important milestone with our global community (of the past, present, and future), which has shaped who we are.
Unfortunately, we do not expect to commemorate our 20th Anniversary in person, but we hope that you will follow along on our website and through social media. We also welcome you to share your own stories about DG anytime during the months of June through August and use the hashtags #DGTurns20 or #2Decades4Data.
Stay tuned, as we celebrate the past twenty years and share our plans for the future!
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.
In Episode 3 of "Data… for What?!", Development Gateway’s new podcast, we explore how we are prioritizing our geographical focus in the coming years. Conversations with Vanessa Baudin Sanchez, Carmen Cañas, and Charlene Migwe-Kagume highlighted the opportunities and challenges of expanding our portfolio in Central America and deepening our work and partnerships in West, East, and Southern Africa.
In Episode 2 of "Data…for What?!," a podcast series from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) which explores our new strategic plan, Josh Powell met with experts from DG and IREX to discuss DG’s expansion into the education, media and disinformation, and youth sectors. The conversations explore the most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities for data and technology to positively impact these sectors and discuss how these trends are likely to play out in the years ahead. Based on these trends, the experts explain the unique fit for DG’s skills and specific opportunities for collaboration that align with the vision of DG’s partnership with IREX, which has a long and successful history working in each sector.