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Stories, ideas, and updates from DGers around the world

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.

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AidData to make trillions of dollars in development assistance compatible with IATI standard

By early May, users of the AidData database will be able to run queries on aid activities by donor, sector, and country, as before—but with a new twist. The results will be exportable in the new international aid reporting standard recently finalized by the International Aid Transparency Initiative, which aims to make aid information more open and accessible.

April 5, 2011
Aid Effectiveness & Management
Government of Southern Sudan teams up with Development Gateway to improve aid information management

The Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) recently chose to implement Development Gateway’s Aid Management Program, with financing from UNDP. Through a combination of technical support and institutional strengthening activities, the Aid Management Program helps governments build capacity for managing information on development finance.

March 31, 2011
Aid Effectiveness & Management
Report from 2010 AMP Best Practices Workshop

In December 2010, Development Gateway hosted the third annual AMP Best Practices Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop brings together delegates from governments that have implemented or are interested in implementing the Aid Management Program to discuss their experiences and lessons learned in managing the program.

March 17, 2011
Aid Effectiveness & Management
Public Voting Ends in World Bank Apps for Development Competition

Between January 31st and February 28th, thousands around the world voted on their favorite submissions to the World Bank Apps for Development Competition. The contest challenged software developers to create IT platforms that use World Bank data to address pressing development questions, particularly those related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). AidData, with support from Esri, built the “Development Loop” for submission to the contest. It uses sub-national data from the World Bank and African Development Bank, overlaid with local development indicators and project success…

March 1, 2011
AMP Knowledge Sharing Workshop, Nairobi 2010

Bindu Venugopal, a Senior Technical Associate with Development Gateway who manages product development of the Aid Management Platform, shares her experience at the recent Knowledge Sharing Workshop: In early December, I traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to attend Development Gateway’s annual Knowledge Sharing Workshop for countries implementing the Aid Management Platform (AMP). The workshop is an opportunity for AMP countries to get together once a year to learn from each other and share best practices. This year 14 countries sent delegations to the event. The workshop,…

February 19, 2011
Aid Effectiveness & Management
Development Gateway partners with Global Giving

Development Gateway has recently partnered with GlobalGiving, a non-profit that connects donors with non-profits around the world through their online marketplace. Through the GlobalGiving website donors are able to connect with projects and regions that interest them, and support the communities and ideas they find important. The GlobalGiving team also works with local partners to collect feedback from ordinary citizens on both GlobalGiving and non-GlobalGiving affiliated projects. Development Gateway and GlobalGiving intend to explore a number of projects together, including connecting local feedback to publicly…

February 18, 2011
Web Application Facilitates Global Dialogue around Aid Projects

PRESS RELEASE Washington, DC – Public voting is open through February 28 for the World Bank’s “Apps for Development” competition, which challenges development practitioners and technology professionals to develop innovative software applications that address the Millennium Development Goals. AidData, with technical support from Esri, created the “Development Loop” application for submission to the contest. The application demonstrates how geospatial technology can facilitate a rich dialogue between aid donors, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders. To vote or access a demo and prototype of Development Loop, visit the Apps…

February 16, 2011
Milestone in Aid Transparency: IATI Finalizes Aid Reporting Standard’

Projects funded by development aid are complicated undertakings - they take many forms, financing different activities in different currencies over different periods of time. In order for development actors to use aid information for development planning, coordination, and monitoring, project-level data must be recorded in a standard, commonly-accepted language. For the past two years, the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) has partnered with donor and recipient governments, multilateral aid agencies, private organizations, and NGOs to develop, elaborate, and test a common aid language. At their meeting…

February 15, 2011
Aid Effectiveness & Management
Governments Share Successes and Lessons Learned at the Third Annual Aid Management Program Knowledge Sharing Workshop

From Dec. 14-16, 2010, Development Gateway held the Third Annual Aid Management Platform (AMP) Knowledge Sharing Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. AMP is a web-based software that builds capacity for aid information management, enabling countries to more easily and accurately gather, record, and report data on foreign aid flows.

January 31, 2011 Aid Management Program
Aid Effectiveness & Management
Interview with Jean-Louis Sarbib: Information-Sharing for Development’

In December 2010, development practitioners convened for European Development Days (EDD), a forum for discussion on and creation of new development policies and practices. Jean-Louis Sarbib, CEO of Development Gateway, was interviewed at the event by, an online knowledge-sharing community for development practitioners. Mr. Sarbib speaks during the interview on the importance of promoting information and communications technologies (ICTs) in developing countries. According to Mr. Sarbib, “it is essential to share information” so that development actors can coordinate projects, gain access to vital resources,…

January 31, 2011