The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation will contribute $1.45 million over the next three years in support of the Development Gateway Foundation’s efforts to provide Internet solutions for more effective aid and efficient governance in developing countries.
The goal of this funding corresponds to the objectives of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development. The funds will be used to help implement the Foundation’s Web-based Aid Management Platform in several partner countries, enabling governments to better track, coordinate and manage international aid programs. Funds will also provide seed financing for new country-specific Internet portals to share development information and promote Web-based tools.
“In keeping with our mandate, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation seeks to increase the impact of aid by harmonizing the efforts of partners providing development and humanitarian assistance,” said Walter Fust, director general of the SDC. “The Development Gateway Foundation is an able partner in creating and implementing information systems that help countries more effectively manage aid, while promoting transparency and economic equity.”
Mark Fleeton, CEO of the Development Gateway Foundation, said, “Switzerland is a leader in the promotion of information and communications technologies to further development goals. With this support we can reach more countries and meet growing demand for our programs.”
The Development Gateway Foundation will conduct a needs assessment as the first step toward implementation of the Aid Management Platform in the following SDC priority countries: Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Mali and Tanzania.
Representatives from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) will be attending the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from September 5-9 in Kigali, Rwanda to highlight two projects: the Visualizing Insights on African Agriculture (VIFAA) project and the Farmer-Centric Data Governance Models project.
In Episode 2 of "Data…for What?!," a podcast series from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) which explores our new strategic plan, Josh Powell met with experts from DG and IREX to discuss DG’s expansion into the education, media and disinformation, and youth sectors. The conversations explore the most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities for data and technology to positively impact these sectors and discuss how these trends are likely to play out in the years ahead. Based on these trends, the experts explain the unique fit for DG’s skills and specific opportunities for collaboration that align with the vision of DG’s partnership with IREX, which has a long and successful history working in each sector.
To help contextualize the new Strategic Plan, we are launching a podcast series called Data… for What?! This series consists of 5 episodes in Josh Powell and Vanessa Goas talk to DGers throughout the organization – as well as collaborators within our strategic partner, IREX - about how and why we prioritized the various elements of the new strategy. In this first episode, we talk to Kristin Lord, President and CEO of IREX about how our partnership fits into the Strategic Plan; and to Aleks Dardelli, Executive Vice President of IREX and Chair of DG’s Board of Directors, about the process of putting the Plan together at this opportune, yet precarious, global moment.