We’re beyond excited to announce that, last night, we officially launched the new (and we’re proud to say, improved!) OpenGov Hub. We’ve all been trickling in and getting settled over the last two months, but we’re finally ready to (re)take the open government space by storm.
When we first moved in at 1889 F Street in October 2012, we were 10 organizations strong. Today, we’re 28 orgs strong. We’re already learning from our neighbors and putting good ideas to work on the ground. Case-in-point: we launched an OpenGov Hub in Nepal a few weeks ago. And, with GlobalGiving moving in next door, the hub’s first collaboration, Feedback Labs, will be even closer together.
In addition to hearing from all hub tenants, it was a great honor to hear from Jim Wolfensohn at the launch last night. He’s known to most as the former World Bank president, but for us it’s more personal: he’s our founder. In 2000, he launched Development Gateway within the World Bank, and since 2004 we’ve been functioning as an independent non-profit, and now, a social enterprise. Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International, also helped us celebrate. He’s been a maverick in the transparency and accountability spaces for years. Both Jim and Peter paved the way for groups like us and the hubbers, and we’re eternally grateful for their passion, their innovations, and their guidance. As Jim rightly joked: we’d all be unemployed without him and Peter!
Here at Development Gateway, we take great pride in our commitment to developing solutions that empower. If the last two years of the OpenGov Hub experiment have shown us anything, it’s that close and creative collaboration open up a world of possibilities of succeeding in our mission. We can’t wait to see what the next few years bring!
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.