Stories, ideas, and updates from DGers around the world

The Development Gateway blog is where DGers share specific learnings, offer thought-provoking insights, and pose challenging questions for the sustainable development community derived from our work.

Our blog has a deep archive going back to 2005. Each post is a snapshot into our work, priorities, and values.

20 Years of Lessons Learned

DG has been shaped by 20 years of lessons learned through assessments, implementations, and challenges. These lessons have helped to evolve our approach, influenced our policy perspective, and supported continuous growth & innovation.

August 18, 2020
Understanding Stakeholder Needs: Extractives Industry Data Portal Assessment in West Africa

Starting in June 2018, DG assessed the extractive industry data landscape in Senegal, Nigeria, and Guinea. The goal was to determine the feasibility of designing and implementing an Extractives Industry Data Portal (EIDP) for each country. A major finding is that extractive industry financial flow data is no longer enough. Stakeholders want information that will help them advocate for protecting the environment, providing youth and educational services, and ensuring access to health facilities in the community.

August 13, 2020 Extractives Management
News/Events, Program
Building an Efficient Database to Improve Data Use in Côte d’Ivoire

This post originally appeared as Building an Efficient HIV/AIDS Database for Improved Data Use in Côte d’Ivoire on the DCLI website, which can be found here. A Data Fellow placed with the National AIDS Control Program (Plan National de la Lutte Contre le SIDA/VIH, PNLS), the government agency that coordinates the national response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, Ali Diakité, built a solution that noticeably improved the PNLS process efficiency and data quality. As the primary HIV/AIDS control program in Côte d’Ivoire, PNLS uses the tool to…

August 6, 2020 DCDJ
Measuring COVID-19’s Impact on the Fertilizer Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa

In an effort to support food security, a new dashboard tracks country-specific mitigation measures, from economic responses to the availability of fertilizer stocks in 28 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This is a joint press release fromDevelopment Gateway, AfricaFertilizer.org, International Fertilizer Development Center, The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership, and AFRIQOM. Nairobi – Today, The COVID-19 Africa Fertilizer Watch Dashboard, covering 28 countries across sub-Saharan Africa was launched. This dashboard uses 11 indicators to track COVID-19 country-specific mitigation measures on the delivery and use of fertilizers…

August 5, 2020
News/Events, Program
Development Gateway and the Eggheads of Open Data

This is a guest post from Dr. Catherine (Kate) Weaver, Associate Dean and Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and Co-Director of Innovations for Peace and Development, at The University of Texas at Austin.  Nearly ten years ago when I began working with fine folks at Development Gateway, I was still an untenured assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). Josh Powell, now CEO, was freshly promoted from his internship position with DG. As a young start-up, DG was doing something…

July 31, 2020
20YearsOfDG, Open Data
In Partnership: 11 Years of Investing in Development Data

This is a guest post from Alena Stern and David Trichler. Alena Stern is the former W&M program manager for the AidData Higher Educations Solutions Network award. She is currently a data science fellow at the Urban Institute. David Trichler is the former W&M AidData Director of Operations. He is currently interim Assistant Director at W&M’s Global Research Institute.    Alena Stern facilitates during USAID HESN TechCon in 2014 (courtesy of AidData) In 2008 we realized we had a problem. From a William and Mary senior honors thesis…

July 30, 2020
The Open Gov Hub: A Pivotal Partnership that Created a Vibrant Community

Development Gateway is a co-founder of the Open Gov Hub, and manages the Hub jointly with Global Integrity. In this guest post, Open Gov Hub (OGH) leadership past and present explore the value of a thematic co-working space, and how that value transcends physical structure. Nathaniel Heller – Current Vice President & Managing Director, Geneva Global; Co-Founder, Global Integrity; DG Board Member: The idea for what eventually became the Open Gov Hub began when I ran into a colleague in the open government community at…

July 29, 2020
Our Partnerships Make Us DG

Sarah Orton-Vipond is Director of Engagement and Partnerships for DG, starting as a Business Development Associate in 2012. During her time at DG she has worked on open contracting, TASAI-VISTA, and DG’s Results Data Initiative. She is also an active member in Open Heroines.    Sarah Orton Vipond with partners at IODC in 2018 When Lindsey Fincham, our Communications Specialist, first joined DG, she asked me about DG’s competitors. I received a justifiable eye roll when I gave my typical answer, “we don’t have any.”…

July 28, 2020
Building Côte d’Ivoire’s National HIV/AIDs Capabilities to Better Use Data & Tools for Decision-Making at PNLS

Des Chiffres et Des Jeunes (DCDJ) is a program led by Development Gateway (DG) and funded by the MCC-PEPFAR Data Collaboratives for Local Impact (DCLI) Program in Côte d’Ivoire. DCDJ aims to bolster the subnational supply and use of data for Ivorian citizens, engage youth as champions of these services, and fuel innovation to address rising data needs. A DCDJ Fellowship provides dual benefits for both Ivoirian host organizations and Data Fellows themselves. At the Programme National de Lutte Contre le Sida (National Program to…

July 23, 2020
Program, Subnational
How DG brought a gender data approach to our least-likely projects — and beyond

Martha Staid started at Development Gateway as a Senior Associate in 2014, and now serves as Director of Operations. In her role, Martha supports the work of DG’s project managers and researchers, working to ensure each project team has the right people and processes to drive data use. She has a background working on women and technology, and has led DG’s work on visualizing gender data, including the PREMAND and Countdown to 2030 dashboards. The Early Days of Gender & Development Once upon a time,…

July 21, 2020