This week, DG is participating in the Open Government Partnership’s 2015 Global Summit in Mexico City. A triennial gathering of governments, civil society, and private businesses, the event offers a space for leaders in open government to share lessons learned and discuss new ways to advance the global transparency agenda.
On Thursday, we’ll lead a hands-on workshop on how to find, analyze, and apply aid data. By providing an overview of how to find aid information – from Aid Management Platform country systems and the IATI datastore – as well as some simple ways to analyze this information in Excel, we hope to build confidence among participants in finding and using open data. As mentioned before, key to making open data sustainable and impactful is ensuring it’s actually usable, useful, and used by key audiences – government decisionmakers in particular.
With over 1500 participants expected – and an explicit focus on the role of open government in SDG success – we’re looking forward to valuable conversations and collaborations in Mexico City this week and beyond.
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.