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 aims to empower international development professionals, governments, and citizens with the knowledge they need to improve lives. We develop information solutions and cultivate the skills to turn information into lasting results.

What we do

Our world is changing faster than ever. Tackling the world’s toughest development challenges, today, requires innovation, collaboration and courage. Innovation to transform the intersection of good ideas and data into practical tools and insights. Collaboration to catalyze ambitious endeavors and share knowledge to create a better world. Courage to fail, to roll-up-our-sleeves, to learn from our mistakes, and to convert those failures into solutions.

Development Gateway builds on over 12 years of technical expertise to develop tools, processes, and custom analysis to help our partners better target their development assistance, achieve results, and give voice to their citizens. We work on the frontiers of international development and technology: we translate data into sophisticated, easy-to-digest visual analytics in over 25 countries around the world, including fragile states, post-conflict governments, and rapidly growing middle-income societies. These visualizations equip governments and organizations with information they need to adapt to ever-changing situations and to strategically integrate data-driven evidence into their policies and decision-making.

In the age of big data and increasing transparency worldwide, Development Gateway strives to utilize technology and visual analytics to manage development results. We’re working with our partners across the globe—from governments to NGOs to donors to citizens—to harness the power of data analytics and integrate results into real-time monitoring and evaluation processes. We help clients get value from data; we build robust processes to analyze data quality and to evolve with changing datasets, keeping systems relevant. With this, methodologies rooted in technology can improve program management and on-the-ground services.

Development Gateway celebrates active citizen engagement and helps to promote participation grounded in grassroots organizations. We believe in the power of individual voices to turn conversation into action. Our custom solutions take steps far beyond developing technical tools. They enable governments and organizations to leverage technology to collect and synthesize feedback from their constituents. They empower individuals to take part in the development process, giving them a voice in planning local projects, holding their governments accountable, evaluating results themselves, and driving behavior change. In a word: we aim to fully close the feedback loop between citizens and their governments.

We’re committed to a positive, and lasting, social impact. We see ourselves as a nimble and growing social enterprise, with each project intrinsically tied to our mission and organically conceived to enhance the common good. Our clients—at the heart of everything we do—drive our support of meaningful participation, responsible responses to challenges, and pushing the boundaries of innovation.


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Development Gateway is headquartered in Washington, DC, with project management hubs all over the world. 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 2014 Annual Report

Visit Development Gateway International, our European affiliate organization.