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With the United Nations General Assembly meetings fast approaching, our community has – rightly – moved from discussing what the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be, to how we can ensure that those goals are realized.
Whatever the final indicators may be, key to their success will be ensuring those involved in implementing related programs and policies not only have the right data, but also the ability to use that information.
Results data – information about indicators, outcomes, and impact – will be particularly relevant in this post-2015 context. We’re proud to announce a new initiative seeking to improve the quality and utility of results data for more effective development interventions. Through a series of in-country studies and quantitative crosswalks, we seek to develop a series of recommendations and action steps that can make results data more useful and shareable for increased efficacy.
As always, Development Gateway will continue to co-create innovative tools and processes to leverage data for impactful outcomes. This month, DG (through the AidData Partnership) will begin geo-locating all development projects in Niger. Making this information accessible to government and partner stakeholders through the country’s Aid Management Platform will help ensure priority sectors, such as health and education, receive adequate funding.
While meeting the SDGs will require much effort and collaboration between local, national, and international stakeholders, I am confident that – with continuing community interest, support, training, and dedication – we can turn these goals into reality.
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.