Development Gateway is delighted to welcome Chad to the global Aid Management Program family. Chad marks our 24th AMP country, our 16th African partner government, and another of our 20+ UNDP-supported AMP programs. We are looking forward to a productive partnership in the years to come.
Development Gateway conducted an initial needs assessment in Chad in fall 2013, during which we met with various stakeholders including government staff, local technical professionals and several funding agencies including UNDP, the World Bank, AfDB, the EU, France, and the US Embassy. The assessment culminated with specific recommendations regarding how to implement the Aid Management Platform (AMP), with a specific focus on supporting increased participation of Chad’s budget and finance staff with the AMP’s functions so as to improve the overall aid management process.
Chad marks our second AMP country to commit to geocoding project locations and launching a public portal during year one (Cote d’Ivoire was the first). We are thrilled that Chad is devoted to the open data movement and improving the quality of their data with the specific granularity geocoding provides. Chad also hopes to welcome an Aid Management Fellow in the fall of 2014 to assist with an efficient and effective implementation of the system.
The three-year program, including implementation and related institutional strengthening activities, is supported by UNDP in year one. The assessment mission conducted in September 2013 was of high interest to other donors including the World Bank and the African Development Bank.
Representatives from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) will be attending the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from September 5-9 in Kigali, Rwanda to highlight two projects: the Visualizing Insights on African Agriculture (VIFAA) project and the Farmer-Centric Data Governance Models project.
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.
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.