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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.

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Geocoding and Opening Aid Information in Nepal with USAID Support

The Government of Nepal (GoN) recently hosted a team of AidData and Development Gateway staff for our first geocoding effort as part of the AidData Center for Development Policy program with USAID. Alena Stern, Dustin Homer, Josh Powell, and Dina Abdel-Fattah took our work to a broader audience of government officials, donors, and concerned citizens.

April 16, 2013
Aid Effectiveness & Management
Announcing the Plataforma de Gestión de la Cooperación

Today the Government of Honduras is launching their Aid Management Platform (Plataforma de Gestión de la Cooperación - PGC). rnrnThe PGC contains information on all external cooperation projects in the country, and allows citizens to interact with the information through public reports, documents, maps, and graphics. This marks the first time the Government of Honduras has made information like this publicly available online.

April 11, 2013 Aid Management Program
Aid Effectiveness & Management, En Español
Our Vision for Citizen Engagement

Recently in Washington and London, we participated in Citizen Voices, a global conference on citizen engagement for enhanced development impact with the World Bank. At both events, there was much talk about the role of technology in empowering citizen feedback loops to improve development outcomes.

April 8, 2013
Announcing the First Annual AidData Map-Off with USAID

AidData staff is engaging students at the College of William and Mary to put their geocoding and mapping skills to the test accepting USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah’s challenge to “inspire and support the next generation of development leaders,”.

April 4, 2013
Open Data
Dear Gov Citizen Engagement Videos: Our Knight News Challenge Entry’

I am Taryn Davis and I've entered Development Gateway into the Knight News Challenge with my Dear Gov idea. We want to enable citizens of Nepal to interact with government by introducing them to mapped development projects within their community and develop a platform to display citizen feedback and 15 second “Dear Gov” videos layered with the mapped project info.

April 2, 2013 Aid Management Program
Aid Effectiveness & Management
AMP Direct Impact: 2012 Laos Foreign Aid Implementation Report

The Ministry of Planning and Investment of the Lao PDR released last week its annual Foreign Aid Implementation Report (FAIR) for the fiscal year 2011-2012. This year's FAIR is unique because it is the first FAIR report published by the Ministry to be comprised of Official Development Assistance (ODA) data entirely from the Aid Management Platform (AMP).

March 27, 2013 Aid Management Program
Aid Effectiveness & Management
Transparency, Accountability and Results at the 5th AMP Best Practices Workshop

The AMP Best Practices Workshop, Development Gateway’s annual flagship event, took place for the fifth consecutive year in December 2012, in Dakar, Senegal. rnrnFocusing on development related themes such as transparency, accountability and results, the event attracts a growing number of participants from countries using the Aid Management Platform (AMP), donors and partner organisations. Since the first event, organised in Nairobi in 2008, the AMP family has grown to 22 countries1, spread over four continents.

March 11, 2013
Aid Effectiveness & Management
Open Development Technology Alliance Now Runs on Zunia Technology

The Open Development Technology Alliance (ODTA) aims to enhance accountability and improve the delivery and quality of public services through technology-enabled citizen engagement. The ODTA is an initiative of The World Bank, anchored by the World Bank Institute, the Social Development Department and the ICT Sector Unit of The World Bank.

March 1, 2013
Why International Development is like Fantasy Football

I am Stephen Davenport and this year I took a stab at fantasy football, which is like other fantasy sports (FIFA Soccer, Baseball, etc.), where you select individual players using statistics and form virtual teams that compete each week against other virtual teams in a pseudo league. It's for sports fanatics.

February 26, 2013
Development Gateway Extends AMP Support In Honduras

Development Gateway is pleased to announce that we will be extending the implementation of the Aid Management Program with the government of Honduras, thanks to the support of UNDP Honduras, the European Union, and the Canadian International Development Agency. We will continue the implementation of the AMP (or PGC in Spanish) to support the government’s commitment to increase the efficiency of aid and to make aid information more transparent.rnrnDG will build on the last year of work with Honduras to:

February 21, 2013
Aid Effectiveness & Management