Dr. Hisham El-Sherif of Egypt, Mr. Walter Fust of Switzerland and Mr. Dhanendra Kumar of India have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Development Gateway Foundation, an Internet-focused spin-off of the World Bank. The Development Gateway provides web-based solutions to help developing countries improve governance and the effectiveness of international aid.
Dr. El-Sherif is a leading authority on telecommunications and information technology (IT) in Egypt. He is Chairman of IT Investments, a holding company with subsidiaries in networking and telecommunications, IT systems integration, media and e-business. He is also the founding Chairman of Nile Online, as well as Chairman of the Egypt Internet Society. Dr. El-Sherif has received international recognition for his work to build Egypt’s information industry, create jobs and promote development across Africa and the Middle East.
Mr. Fust is Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDA). He is also Chairman of the Global Knowledge Partnership, and plays a lead role in the World Economic Forum’s “Global Governance Initiative” and the Global Coalition for Africa. Prior to his work at SDA, Mr. Fust led a distinguished career in economic affairs and international trade, including terms as Switzerland’s Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior and Managing Director of the Swiss Office for Trade Promotion.
Mr. Kumar represents the Government of India as an Executive Director on the Board of Governors of the World Bank. He is a former Secretary of Defense Production for India, and has been Secretary in both the ministries of transport and culture. Mr. Kumar has also been Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Haryana State, and Chairman of the Haryana State Industries Development Corporation. He spent several years in India’s telecommunications ministry, playing a lead role in the development of the country’s liberalized telecommunications laws.
“The Development Gateway’s programs help countries achieve their development goals and coordinate aid from donors. Our new directors add critical technical expertise and regional knowledge to the Board,” said Dr. Michael Hofmann, Chairman of the Development Gateway Foundation and a Managing Director at Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Digital Public Goods Alliance designated DG’s Open Contracting Portal as a digital public good in September 2022. The Portal provides procurement analytics that can be used to improve procurement efficiency and, in turn, reduce corruption and increase impact.
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.