About us


Solutions that empower

Development Gateway is a non-profit organization that delivers information solutions to the people on the front lines of international development work. Whether they are government policy makers deciding how to invest scarce resources, aid workers building schools and clinics, or citizens who want to have a voice in the development process, Development Gateway offers tools and advisory services that empower them to be more effective. We work behind the scenes to enable others to make a difference.

Our mission

Development Gateway empowers development workers, governments, and citizens with the information they need to build a better world. We believe that transparent, relevant information empowers people to collaborate effectively and invest resources wisely for a healthier, more prosperous future.

Our information technology tools and practical ideas put information in the hands of the right people at the right time. Through a combination of global services and custom solutions, we make development information easier to gather, access, use, and understand. 

We host global information platforms that provide access to critical development knowledge, data and resources. We implement aid information management systems that allow governments to make more informed decisions. We geocode aid projects to create virtual feedback loops between donors and other stakeholders. Finally, we provide training, workshops, and process analysis to strengthen our partners’ capacity to manage their own information.

Development Gateway focuses on areas where even small investments in information and communications technology can make a major difference. As access to web and mobile technology continues to grow, there is enormous opportunity for policymakers and development practitioners to tap into new stores of knowledge in their work, meaning that they can create greater development impact. These trends also create new opportunities for citizens to play a direct role in planning and monitoring the use of aid and other resources in their communities.

The success of Development Gateway’s work depends on close working relationships with a wide range of partners. These include developing country partners – governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector – as well as international development institutions, donor agencies, individual development specialists and other organizations committed to reducing poverty through sustainable development worldwide. For more information on our work and partnerships, please check out our latest Annual Report.

Development Gateway offers global services, custom solutions, and capacity building in three areas: governance, knowledge and networking and transparency and accountability.


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Development Gateway is headquartered in Washington, DC, with project management hubs in Dakar, Senegal and Nairobi, Kenya.  Our European affiliate organization, Development Gateway International, is based in Brussels, and we have a network of staff, consultants, and technical centers of excellence around the world.

The Development Gateway team is a unique mix of techies—software engineers who work on innovative new tools—and non-techies who understand development challenges (though we do find that our software engineers know something about development, and our non-techies can find their way around a server room).  Most of our team members speak more than one language and have worked in various parts of the world.  Project teams include members with a mix of skills, so that we approach problems with institutional as well as technical aspects in mind.


“Technology doesn’t come after you deal with poverty,
but is a tool you use to alleviate poverty.”

James Wolfensohn, former World Bank President 
and founder of Development Gateway

Recognizing the potential for information technology (IT) tools to make aid and development efforts more effective, James Wolfensohn founded Development Gateway in 2000 within the World Bank.  In 2004, Development Gateway became an independent not-for-profit organization.

Since then, our work has evolved, but the motivation behind it remains the same.  Over the last few decades, the development landscape underwent a dramatic transformation.  What used to be the domain of a few large donors evolved into a highly complex ecosystem of public and private donor agencies, non-profits, social entrepreneurs, foundations, and other actors. In parallel, the amount of information about development activities and the global stock of relevant knowledge increased exponentially. Through technology, Development Gateway offers tools and services that help stakeholders make sense of this information, and use it in their work.

Our Mission

Development Gateway empowers development professionals, governments, and citizens with the information they need to build a better world.

Read 2010 Annual Report

Visit Development Gateway International, our European affiliate organization.

Download the Development Gateway App for iPhone®