Development Gateway is pleased to announce that our innovative data toolkit has been featured on the BBC’s Click program, a weekly podcast curating the latest technology news. This Cities Alliance-funded project is being developed in partnership with Athena Infonomics, as part of the DfID-funded Future Cities Africa Initiative.
It was a pleasure to sit down with the BBC to talk about how the toolkit aims to address some of the most pressing challenges facing developing cities. From collecting data to inform decisions, to using data to understand the holistic needs of a city, the toolkit aims to create a step-by-step approach for city managers to make data more sensible and more useful for city management and planning.
About our partners:
Athena Infonomics is a fast growing policy research and development analytics firm with a focus on strengthening the use of data and social science research to solve development and inclusive growth issues around the world. Athena lies at the intersection of the public and private sectors, helping policy makers and development sector actors design data-backed policies and programs.
Cities Alliance is the global partnership for reducing poverty and promoting the role of cities in sustainable development. Partnerships are critical to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At Cities Alliance, we bring together organisations with different perspectives and expertise on city issues around common goals: well-run, productive cities that provide opportunities for all residents. Our members include multilateral organisations, national governments, local government associations, international nongovernmental organisations, private sector, foundations and academia. The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) hosts the Cities Alliance Secretariat, which is based in Brussels.
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.