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The Development Gateway: An IREX Venture 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.

DG Launches Digital Agriculture Resources Portal to Advance Digital Agriculture in Africa, the Middle East, & Central Asia

DG is pleased to announce the launch of our Digital Agriculture Knowledge Management Library, which is a digital repository of resources detailing digital agriculture best practices. These resources were created as part of our DAS program in order to support individuals and groups across Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia as they advance local and regional agricultural systems through the implementation of digital tools and technologies.

September 12, 2023 Agriculture
Program
Two Recommendations for Accelerating Digital Agriculture and Data Use

With the aim of improving the efficiency of agriculture data use, Development Gateway: An IREX Venture (DG), Jengalab, and TechChange—with a grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)—recently held a learning event, titled “Digital Agriculture: Building the Agricultural Systems of Tomorrow,” in Nairobi, Kenya. Participants identified two key recommendations for advancing digital agriculture in order to increase food security.

August 29, 2023 Agriculture
Data Use, News/Events
HackCorruption: Leveraging Technology & Building Community to Fight Corruption

Corruption hampers development, undermines fair competition, and erodes social trust crucial for sustaining democratic systems. Addressing this issue requires innovative solutions that disrupt opaque and exploitative power dynamics; it’s under this idea that HackCorruption was formed.

August 22, 2023 Strategic Advisory Services
Thought Leadership
Episode 4 | Case Study Comparison: Data Governance and Protection in India and Kenya

In episode 4 of “Data…for What?!,” Beverley Hatcher-Mbu and special guests Shreeja Sen, Research Associate at IT for Change, and Dr. Melissa Omino, Acting Director at Strathmore University’s Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, discuss data governance and protection in India and Kenya.

August 17, 2023
Thought Leadership
Episode 3 | The State of Global Digital Rights: Data Collective to Policy Creation

Join DGer Beverley Hatcher-Mbu and special guest Irene Mwendwa, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Feminist Movement Building Program at Pollicy, for episode 3 of “Data…for What?!” During the episode, they discuss digital rights in non-Western contexts.

August 9, 2023
Thought Leadership, Uncategorized
Episode 2 | Risks and Rewards: Exploring Data Governance, Open Data, and Data Protections

In episode 2 of “Data…for What?!” Beverley Hatcher-Mbu speaks with special guests Natalia Carfi and Swee Leng Harris about open data and data protection. Tune in now!

August 3, 2023
Thought Leadership
Episode 1 | Surveying the Data Governance Landscape: From Data Governance Models to Accountability

Kicking off season 2 of DG’s podcast, “Data…for What?!” Beverley Hatcher-Mbu spoke with special guest Sean Martin McDonald about the data governance landscape, models, and accountability.

July 26, 2023
Thought Leadership
A Six Step Recipe for Effective Data Use

In this blog, DGers Ousmane Koné and Andrea Ulrich explore DG's six step “recipe” for effective data use.

July 25, 2023 Agriculture
Data Use, Program, Thought Leadership
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Farmer-Centric Data Governance Models: Protecting Farmers and Food Systems Today and Tomorrow

As farmers become more reliant on AgTech, they may find that the AgTech providers controlling these technologies (i.e., companies, nonprofits, and governments) are more integrated than ever before, resulting in a few organizations having unprecedented access to and control of farmers’ data. This dynamic results in positive and negative outcomes for farmers. Therefore, farmers face the paradox of using AgTech and adding value to their work, communities, and food systems while giving large amounts of data to AgTech companies that have, at best, limited plans for protecting farmers’ data. In this blog, we identified recommendations and next steps for AgTech providers on how to ensure that their technology benefits smallholder farmers.

June 14, 2023 Agriculture
Data Use, Program, Thought Leadership
Climate Action Data for the Sahel Region: Announcing Development Gateway’s Great Green Wall Accelerator Multipurpose Platform

Development Gateway: An IREX Venture (DG)—with funding from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)—is pleased to announce a new project, the Great Green Wall Accelerator Multipurpose Platform. By allowing donors, partner states, and implementing agencies to share data and information on financial commitments, project implementation, and best practices, the Great Green Wall Accelerator Multipurpose Platform will ultimately improve effectiveness and efficiency in the design and implementation of the Great Green Wall initiative.

June 6, 2023
Launch, Program