In December 2014, Development Gateway hosted the 7th Annual Aid Management Program Good Practices Workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal. This event brought together representatives from over ten countries for discussions, knowledge sharing, and hands-on sessions. Over the next several weeks, we will be releasing posts covering some of these breakout sessions. Be sure to review our Blog and Twitter (#AMPWS2014) for previous posts.
As the world embraces the Data Revolution, it’s easier and easier for individuals, organizations, and governments to collect vast amounts of data on a range of subjects. However, the true goal of this revolution is not to drown in data, but learn how we can leverage data to make better decisions.
The Government of Nepal, this year’s workshop co-host, has been leveraging their Aid Management Platform to gather and aggregate information on foreign aid. The Ministry of Finance uses this data to prepare, among other things, the yearly Development Cooperation Report, as well as an annual brief on technical assistance for parliament in advance of the national budget announcement.
Data is also reshaping relationships between the Government of Nepal and its development partners. Analysis of historical and current trends through AMP led the government to revise its 2014 Development Cooperation Policy, which gives specific guidance to donors on how to allocate aid funds. Now including more robust coordination mechanisms, reporting areas, and results frameworks, this data-based policy change aims for more effective interventions – with the government in the driver’s seat.
Learning about successful high-level data uptake was a great experience. However, as we covered last year, challenges remain to ensuring increased uptake at all levels of users – from the prime minister, to a district ministry, to the public.
Is the creation of more data alone sufficient to increase uptake? Stay tuned for our next #AMPWS2014 post, in which the Governments of Malawi and Niger wrestles with this very question.
Image: Government of Nepal representative showcasing a data-driven report at the AMP Good Practices Workshop.
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.