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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.

Screenshot of the TASAI-VISTA Dashboard showing an overview of Kenya's seed sector
Launching Today: Dashboard to Support Seed System Development in Africa

Since 2019, Development Gateway, The African Seed Access Index (TASAI), and Cornell University have been developing a new dashboard to support policy reform by government, investment priorities by development partners, and strategy by private companies working in Africa’s formal seed sector. The new, interactive digital tool will visualize and use data to support a fully functional formal seed system.

March 1, 2022 Agriculture
Launch, Program
Announcing: The VIFAA Accelerator

Since 2017, Development Gateway and partners have been working on the Visualizing Insights on Fertilizer for African Agriculture (VIFAA) Program to support development partners and the private sector to respond to changes in the fertilizer market, ensuring that sufficient quantities and appropriate fertilizers reach farmers at the right time for planting. Recently, DG received funding to expand the program to include four to six additional countries through 2023.

February 16, 2022 Agriculture
News/Events, Program
Lancement du prototype de la plateforme Cashew-IN

Des données exhaustives et fiables peuvent contribuer à accroître les profits, à réduire les pertes ainsi qu’à améliorer la compétitivité des agriculteurs, des producteurs, des transformateurs et des autres acteurs du secteur de la noix de cajou. Development Gateway (DG) s’est associé à Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) dans le cadre du projet PRO-Cashew de l’USDA pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest pour développer Cashew-IN, une plateforme de collecte et d’analyse de données.

December 16, 2021 Agriculture
En Français, Launch, Program
Launching the First of It’s Kind Cashew-IN Platform Prototype

For cashew farmers, producers, processors, and others in the West African cashew sector to increase profits, reduce loss, and improve global competitiveness, comprehensive and reliable data is required. Development Gateway has partnered with Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) under the USDA West Africa PRO-Cashew project to develop the Cashew-IN data collection and analysis platform.

December 16, 2021 Agriculture
Launch, Program
A Discussion of DG’s Strategic Partnership with IREX

In October, Development Gateway and IREX announced the formation of a strategic partnership. The partnership will combine IREX’s expertise, forward-leaning solutions, global footprint, and systems for tracking, measuring, and learning with Development Gateway’s innovative use of data, technology, and evidence. IREX and Development Gateway are poised to achieve even stronger results when empowering youth, building more effective and inclusive institutions, and improving education systems and learning outcomes. Here Kristin Lord, President & CEO of IREX and Josh Powell, CEO of Development Gateway discuss the benefits of the partnership.

November 22, 2021 Team
News/Events
Announcing a New Board Chair & Six New Board Members

Development Gateway, An IREX Venture is pleased to announce the appointment of a new chair and six new members of the Board of Directors. The new chair and directors will provide strategic direction and guidance to Development Gateway's work supporting decision-makers around the world to better collect, visualize, and use data to inform planning, policy, and programming; furthering transparency and accountability.

November 16, 2021
News/Events
VIFAA Ghana Dashboard
The Evolution of Ghana’s Fertilizer Sector – From Subsidies to Crop Specifics

In looking at the data and talking to stakeholders in Ghana, several key trends are starting to emerge in the country’s fertilizer market and in turn through the data captured in the VIFAA Ghana Dashboard. These trends are important for decision-makers planning for each season, and when thinking about the future of the market. In this blog we’ll dive into these features of the Ghana market, including where (and how) the data fits in.

November 11, 2021 Agriculture
Data Use, Data Visualization
User Stories: VIFAA Ghana Dashboard

On September 22nd, Development Gateway along with IFDC, AfricaFertilizer.org, and AFAP launched the VIFAA Ghana Fertilizer Dashboard. Visualizing Insights for African Agriculture (VIFAA) was designed to holistically address the supply, demand, and use of fertilizer data at both country and regional levels and to improve decision-making in the sector. Overall, the goal is to support stakeholders in getting the right quantity and type of fertilizer to Ghanaian farmers in time for planting. Learn more about how stakeholders plan to use the dashboard in their work.

November 3, 2021 Agriculture
Data Use, Launch
All In Your Business: Talking Data Governance and Privacy at Development Gateway

Our work is at the intersection of open data, technological development, and strategic advising to improve data use. We see growing questions about how we as a global community manage, share, reuse, and store data that is integral to our existing and future work. This blog is the start of a conversation we want to have.

November 2, 2021 Global Data Policy
Explainer
The G20 Must Recognize the Power of Procurement for Social & Economic Good

Procurement deserves a strategic seat at the top table across all of the Italian G20 presidencies. Anti-corruption priorities and open contracting solutions can drive progress in a number of areas.

October 26, 2021 Open Contracting and Procurement Analytics
Procurement