Articles by Andrea Calabrese:
The Strauss Center's Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program has released a new aid dashboard that includes an interactive map and graphing tools, allowing users to explore trends in aid allocation by donor, sector, and demographics across Africa. The dashboard is a collaborative effort that includes geocoded aid data from CCAPS and several partner institutions. AidData and CCAPS built the aid dashboard using Esri tools to combine trends analysis with the most comprehensive collection of geocoded data on aid projects in Africa.
From July 10-12, the World Bank hosted the second International Open Government Data Conference (IOGDC) in Washington D.C.
Development Gateway and Global Integrity are thrilled to announce plans for the new OpenGov Hub, an endeavor to bring like-minded organizations together in one physical location to work on issues related to the open government agenda. The OpenGov Hub will be housed in Development Gateway’s current headquarters in Washington, DC, and will open officially in September.
Development Gateway congratulates the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on winning a Knowledge Management Award 2012 in Vienna, Austria for its “outstanding efforts and achievements to promote the idea of knowledge societies”.
There is a new Event Calendar on the Development Gateway website with conferences and forums taking place around the world. The calendar includes events that are focused on issues such as transparency, governance, aid effectiveness, and ICT4D—the topics and themes that constitute the bulk of Development Gateway’s work. We hope that site visitors will be able to use this calendar to find out about important discussions that are taking place worldwide.
'This Story from the Field comes from Stephen Davenport, Development Gateway’s Senior Director for Business Development/Partnerships:'
'The China Development Gateway and China Internet Information Center launched a photo contest called “Lending Spotlight: Poverty Relief Through a Lens” on May 15. Entries will be accepted until Sept. 20, with an awards ceremony in Nov. 2012. The contest focuses on global development and aims to share China’s experience in poverty reduction with other countries, and build international support to combat poverty.'
Development Gateway has received a grant from the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE) for EUR 600,000, to be used for a series of research and innovation activities over a three year period. M. Jean-Baptiste Mattei, Director-General for Globalization, Partnerships, and Development, and Jean-Louis Sarbib, CEO of Development Gateway, signed the agreement on March 15 at a ceremony in Paris. After signing the agreement, the parties discussed the activities to be funded under the grant in 2012, which will include work on data visualization and analytics and other areas.
Honduras recently became the first country in Central America and the second middle-income country to use the Aid Management Platform (AMP, or Plataforma de Gestión de la Ayuda in Spanish). During this initial pilot phase of the project, eleven people from the government’s Secretaría Técnica de Planificación y Cooperación Externa (SEPLAN) have been certified to use the system and four people have become certified administrators.
This Story from the Field comes from Djamila Kerim, a Development Gateway Senior Associate working on the Aid Management Program:This year, I was able to attend the AMP workshop for a second time. The program is growing both with respect to the number of people participating, and the scope of activities we are discussing. This year, there were more than 90 participants from more than 20 countries. Many of them are beginning to see the potential to use AMP as much more than a computer system and more as a process of managing aid flows effectively.
Congratulations to Seshadri Moitra, winner of the 2011 Development Gateway Photo Contest, for his photo “Creative Art” taken in a remote village in West Bengal, India. According to Mr. Moitra, it depicts the small scale industry of making historical posters or calendars, and symbolizes the community’s efforts to achieve development through enterprise.
From Nov. 29-Dec. 1, the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness was held in Busan, South Korea. In an interview with the Inter Press Service, Development Gateway CEO Jean-Louis Sarbib hailed the inclusiveness of the forum, with traditional donors acknowledging the broad range of actors now involved in development.
Today, AidData launched its new and improved website, featuring more content and new data and marking an expansion in the program’s mission and scope. What began as a project to build a new kind of development assistance database has evolved into a broader initiative that aims to increase the accessibility and relevance of development finance information for a wide range of stakeholders.
On Nov. 8-9, 54 software developers representing 17 nationalities gathered at the European Parliament in Brussels for the EUHackathon “Hack4Transparency!” event. Teams of developers competed in a 24-hour marathon coding session to create new tools that enable transparency and accountability in the information age.
On November 4, AidData, the Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program, and the World Bank Institute will co-host an all-day event to highlight trends in open data and aid transparency, and how they are influencing work on climate change and other issues, leading to better development results on the ground.
“Tech@State: Data Visualization” took place on Sept. 23, 2011 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The event was organized by the U.S. Department of State, Development Gateway, AidData and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.
A panel discussion on “Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open Solutions,” hosted by the World Bank Institute on September 22, served as a platform for participants to discuss the multifaceted dimensions of open data in international development. It focused on global interconnectedness, free information flows, new technologies, and greater openness. Panelists explored different avenues to further empower individuals and to create new solutions to global development challenges.
The next Tech@State event will be held on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and will focus on Data Visualization. Registration is open to the public, and the event will also be streamed live on the internet. It will be followed by an informal “unconference” on Sept.
'Show us your image of development in action, and you could win a $500 prize from Development Gateway. To celebrate the launch of our new website, we’re calling on photographers around the world to share their images and stories of people in developing countries working to build a better world.WHAT: We are looking for images of empowerment and people finding solutions. The photographs should be related to one of the following:'
This Story from the Field comes from Anna Lauridsen of Development Gateway International. She tells us about her participation in the Open Data for Development Camp held in Amsterdam in May:
The Open Data for Development Camp (ODDC), hosted by Open for Change in Amsterdam from May 12-13, proved to be a fantastic forum for discussion of practical issues in institutionalizing open data practices. Participants generally agreed that open development data should be a core component of a paradigm shift towards increased transparency, accountability, and public participation in development practice.
African Development Bank and AidData map development projects: Increasing aid transparency for greater development impact'
Development Gateway has worked with Mozambique since 2008 to update and expand its aid information management system, known as ODAmoz. ODAmoz was created in 2005 as a way to coordinate and harmonize donor activities in Mozambique.
'On April 14, the World Bank announced winners of the Apps for Development Contest, which challenged software developers around the world to leverage World Bank open data in creating innovative applications that address development issues. The contest drew 107 entries from 36 countries across 6 continents – more than a third of these entries were designed by African developers. The three winners of the contest are as follows:'
AidData and the Climate Change and African Political Stability Program (CCAPS) at the University of Texas are working with Malawi's Ministry of Finance to geocode aid activity information. Geocoding, through which information is pinpointed to a precise geographic locality, provides a visual aid for development planning and coordination, allowing governments and their donor partners to better assess current aid distribution and plan future projects.
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.
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 22nd was World Water Day, giving the world a chance to reflect upon and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year’s theme, “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge,” emphasized the fact that rapid urbanization, particularly in the developing world, is generating significant challenges for municipal governments in managing urban water and waste. To achieve water sustainability, cities must explore avenues for conservation and recycling.'
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 capacity4dev.eu, an online knowledge-sharing community for development practitioners.
The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) produced a short video describing its experiences using Development Gateway’s Aid Management Platform (AMP) (video in French, with English subtitles).AMP is a web-based software that builds capacity for aid information management, enabling host countries to more efficiently collect, report, and monitor data on foreign aid flows.
'KosovoAlthough it is the youngest country to have implemented the Aid Management Platform (AMP), Kosovo became a model for aid transparency by making its AMP available to the public online. Vanessa Goas, part of the Development Gateway team working on AMP Kosovo, shares a summary of her time in Pristina:'
Government of Kosovo and European Commission Launch Aid Management Platform to Support Transparency and Donor Coordination
PRISTINA, Oct. 21, 2010 – At an international donors’ conference in 2008, more than 50 countries and international organizations pledged support to Kosovo’s socio-economic development. On Oct. 11, 2010, the Government of Kosovo and the European Commission Liaison Office to Kosovo (ECLO) launched the Aid Management Platform (AMP) at a public event in Pristina as part of a new program to support aid transparency and donor coordination. As a result, the government, its partners, and the public are now able to access information—including maps and data dashboards—on aid flows to Kosovo online.
Achieving global development objectives depends on involving stakeholders in aid-funded work, strengthening accountability of donor agencies and partner governments, and building country ownership. Yet sometimes even basic information such as the location of an aid project is difficult to find. Information on project locations is critical for determining whether aid is reaching areas of greatest need, as well as for avoiding duplication of effort within a country.
'LaosFor many at Development Gateway, the most engaging and rewarding aspect of our work is the time we spend in-country working with our partners and counterparts. Here, Travis Harvey reports back on a recent mission to Lao PDR:'
Responding to a request from the UN Special Envoy to Haiti, the Development Gateway has partnered with other organizations to build a system to help with Hatian reconstruction. The joint system, which partially adapts Aid Management Platform technology, will track damage reports and donor funding as well as pledges to Haiti.
The DC Central Kitchen is nonprofit organization that prepares 4,500 meals per day for DC’s homeless. The kitchen started in 1989 as an effort by Robert Egger to use surplus food from local businesses to feed the area’s homeless population. Since its creation, the kitchen has also begun to provide culinary training and a catering service.Michele Noukimi was assigned to chop and prepare vegetables. Noting the strict adherence to hygiene and precision, Michele was worried that the volunteers would not make it through the morning.
Development Gateway announced today the successful launch of the upgraded ODAnic and the release of the 2008 EU Blue Book. ODAnic is a publicly available online tool that facilitates donor coordination, aid transparency, and the management of aid information in Nicaragua.
Joint Venture to Build an In-depth Global Repository of Development ActivitiesDevelopment Gateway announces today its partnership with the interdisciplinary research team Project-Level Aid (PLAID). The two entities have come together to make detailed information on development finance more accessible and to create a comprehensive database on development activities. AidData will be available online in the spring of 2010.
Staff members of the Ministry of Finance for the Democratic Republic of the Congo training to use the Aid Management Platform.
WASHINGTON— Development Gateway announced today that it has redesigned the Accessible Information on Development Activities (AiDA) database to make information more accessible to users. The new design of the site helps give visitors a full picture of development activities as information is now grouped by country, sector, and donor. The site is visually more appealing, easier to use, automatically updated, and enables the visitor to save search results.
WASHINGTON—The Development Gateway announced today that it will showcase the results of the implementation of the Aid Management Platform (AMP) at the Accra High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, to be held from Sept. 2–4, 2008.
WASHINGTON—The Development Gateway and ODAdata, two leading providers of aid information management systems, announced today that they have joined forces to provide effective, user-friendly, and results-driven applications to advance aid management and donor coordination efforts. This partnership leverages the expertise of both organizations, based on field operations in more than 12 countries.
WASHINGTON—The Development Gateway Foundation announces today that Jean-Louis Sarbib will serve as chair of the board of directors. Mr. Sarbib succeeds Dr. Michael Hofmann, who stepped down in October 2007“Jean-Louis has been a strong supporter of the role of information and communications technologies for development and the aid effectiveness agenda,” according to Mark Fleeton, CEO of the Development Gateway Foundation.
These new portals will provide a virtual space in which participants can share knowledge, best practices, and other relevant information. The purpose of this initiative is to build capacity, strengthen working relationships, and improve development outcomes. Particular emphasis will be placed on bringing together government agencies and international and nongovernmental organizations in developed and developing countries to discuss common challenges.
dgCommunities brings the latest information on key development topics to desktops around the world, helping members to be more effective in their work. Ms.
The government of Australia will contribute $6.9 million (AUS$7.5 million) to the Development Gateway Foundation in support of its mission to reduce poverty through information technology. Australia was a founding contributor of the foundation and ranks as its largest donor. This is its third round of financial support and represents a substantial increase in its funding of the foundation over the next three years.
Thanks to Development Gateway Senegal and other organizations, Fallou Diagne is better able to meet his business needs.
Cremilide Mambo, director of land management of Gaza Province, center, with Elias Dique, right, project manager of the land management information system, and a technician
The China Development Gateway (CnDG), located in Beijing, has launched the first stage of the China Poverty Relief Forum in partnership with the Development Gateway Foundation. The new all-Chinese dgCommunity, announced in December at the GK3 Conference in Malaysia, will provide a unique venue for knowledge sharing and collaboration among development practitioners working in the Chinese language.
Accessible Information on Development Activities (AiDA) database expanded to include activities funded by non-traditional donors
Accessible Information on Development Activities (AiDA), the largest online directory of information about international development activities, has broadened its database for the first time to include projects funded by a non-traditional donor organization.
The Japanese government will contribute $1 million to support the Development Gateway Foundation’s efforts to provide information and communications solutions for more effective aid and efficient governance in developing countries. Mark Fleeton, CEO of the Development Gateway Foundation, said, “Japan has been a major supporter of the Foundation. This renewed funding will help us have a greater impact through the use of common systems in developing countries and by sharing knowledge among development practitioners.”
Staff from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development show visitors from Ghana how to use the aid management platform.
The Development Gateway Foundation announced today the appointment of Travis Harvey as the new program coordinator for the Asia-Pacific region.
The Development Gateway Foundation announces today a new partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to establish online communities dedicated to disaster prevention and reconstruction.
The Development Gateway Foundation, as part of its mission to reduce poverty and enable change in developing nations, has been quietly moving mountains through information technology for seven years. Below is a brief rundown of its recent global initiatives. For more information, visit www.developmentgateway.org, or call Elizabeth Corley at 202-572-9236 to arrange for interviews. Vietnam Launches Local dgMarket
The Development Gateway Foundation’s e-procurement information system, dgMarket, was launched at an event held in Hanoi yesterday attended by representatives of the Vietnamese government and the business and donor communities. This dgMarket implementation was primarily funded by the government of Australia and supported by the government of Luxembourg.
'The Development Gateway Foundation announced today an agreement to collaborate with the French Development Agency (AFD) to publish its tenders online. The aid agency chose dgMarket, the foundation’s platform for online tenders, to publish tenders for all projects funded by AFD. It will include notices from 60 countries in three languages: French, Spanish, and English. In 2005, the French agency committed approximately $3.4 billion, primarily to countries in Africa and Asia.'
The Development Gateway Foundation announced today the opening of its European affiliate, Development Gateway International, based in Brussels. This new organization extends our reach, according to Mark Fleeton, CEO of the foundation as well as Development Gateway International. Its staff will work primarily with European donors on ways to support the international aid effectiveness agenda.
Mindset Network's satellite-based technology delivers multimedia educational content straight to students.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Development Gateway Foundation announced today the launch of a virtual community in Arabic on the theme of Arab reform. The new portal will serve as a platform for aggregating information about reform activities in the Arab world. Creating a virtual community, the site will facilitate the sharing of knowledge among development practitioners. It will also aid in capacity building and improving access to high quality development research and analysis in Arabic throughout the developing world.
Telemática e Desenvolvimento Ltda announced today the launch of the e-Brazil portal, a bilingual portal that is part of the international network of country gateways supported by the Development Gateway Foundation.
The Development Gateway Foundation and FreeBalance today announced a strategic alliance to integrate public financial management and aid management software. The alliance partners have recorded their first major milestone with the successful integration of budget and accounting modules from the FreeBalance Government Accountability Suite with the Aid Management Platform from the Development Gateway Foundation.
Tejari Partners with Development Gateway Foundation to Create ‘Manshoori’ Online Government Tender Service for Middle East Market
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – In concurrence with the Arab Strategy Forum, a new online government tender information service in Arabic and English will be launched through a partnership between Tejari and the Development Gateway Foundation. The new ‘Manshoori’ service, based on the state-of-the-art dgMarket tender publishing platform and created as part of the Tejari business-to-business marketplace, will enable governments across the Middle East to post local “e-tenders” for new infrastructure projects.
HONG KONG—Mindset Network of Johannesburg, South Africa, has been chosen from a group of over 160 nominees as the winner of the 2006 Development Gateway Award. The Development Gateway Foundation awarded $100,000 to Mindset Network, a nonprofit organization, in recognition of its developing and providing educational materials on a mass scale through information technology.
Award Ceremony to be Held at ITU Telecom World 2006 in Hong Kong WASHINGTON (November 29, 2006) - The Development Gateway Foundation will announce next week the winner of the 2006 Development Gateway Award. The award’s $100,000 prize recognizes excellence in information and communications technologies. This year the award will honor projects that improve the lives of young people.
The government of Bolivia will implement the Development Gateway Foundation’s Aid Management Platform (AMP) as part of a national strategy to better manage international assistance. AMP is a Web-based software solution for developing country governments and donors. The platform, based on open source software, provides a virtual workspace for government employees managing aid resources.
The government of Rwanda and the Development Gateway Foundation have agreed to extend their cooperative agreement for an additional three years, to consolidate and strengthen the position of Rwanda as a regional leader in information and communications technology (ICT) for development.
Deploying National e-Procurement System with Support from Development Gateway Foundation, Government of Italy, World Bank The Government of Tunisia will deploy a new national procurement system to streamline government purchasing and put government contract information online. The Development Gateway Foundation will fund the project through its e-Government Grants Program backed by the Government of Italy. The World Bank is also providing co-funding.
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.
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The Development Gateway Foundation is calling for nominations for its US$100,000 prize for outstanding achievement in the use of information and communication technologies to improve lives in developing countries.Sponsored in part by Intel Corporation, this year’s Development Gateway Award is focusing on initiatives that empower or improve the conditions of youth.
The Mexican Council for Economic and Social Development (COMDES), in cooperation with the Internet Office of the President of Mexico and 30 other organizations, today launched a national web portal to promote cooperation, transparency and civil society participation in Mexico’s economic development efforts. Called the Mexican Development Gateway, it is part of the international network of Country Gateways supported by the Development Gateway Foundation in Washington, D.C.
The World Bank has contributed $2 million to the Development Gateway Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides Internet-based solutions to strengthen governance and improve aid effectiveness in developing countries. The Development Gateway was created within the World Bank and became an independent entity in 2001. Its programs help partner countries increase transparency and build capacity in procurement, financial management, civil society relations and other key areas.
Dr. Hisham El-Sherif of Egypt, Mr. Walter Fust of Switzerland and Mr. Dhanendra Kumar of India have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Development Gateway Foundation, an Internet-focused spin-off of the World Bank. The Development Gateway provides web-based solutions to help developing countries improve governance and the effectiveness of international aid.
China has begun publishing government tenders on dgMarket.com, the leading independent website aggregating government procurement information from 150 countries. dgMarket, created by the Development Gateway Foundation, aims to increase access to government contracting and bring down government procurement costs through greater competition.
dgMarket Online Information Service Extends Coverage to Include US Tenders; More than $500 Billion in Tenders Annually
The leading independent aggregator of government tender information online, dgMarket, has expanded coverage to include US Federal Government tender notices. The dgMarket service, which is a growing program of the Development Gateway Foundation, will now feature more than $500 billion in contracts worldwide on an annual basis.
Mr. Mark Fleeton has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Development Gateway Foundation, an independent spin-off of the World Bank. The Development Gateway’s mission is to leverage the Internet for the benefit of people in developing countries, providing online solutions to strengthen good governance, improve the effectiveness of international aid and support local and global knowledge-sharing initiatives.
MozambiqueWhen basic information systems are lacking, it is not easy to make the most of a country’s resources and serve people in need. In Mozambique, a nation of 19 million people in southern Africa, daily operations have been made even harder by a lack of communication among different government institutions.
Morocco to Deploy Electronic Government Procurement System with Support of Development Gateway, Government of Italy and World Bank
The Government of Morocco has agreed to partner with the Development Gateway Foundation and the Government of Italy to deploy a new e-government system that will streamline public procurement processes, increase competitive bidding and save money for Moroccan taxpayers. A letter of intent was signed today at the International Forum of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Strategies and Investment, in Marrakesh.
Mr. Francis. S. Dogo has been promoted to the position of Senior Director, Country Operations, of the Development Gateway Foundation. This is a new position created to reflect the Development Gateway’s focus on delivering Internet solutions in developing countries for effective aid coordination and government procurement, as well as other areas of high impact.
Bangalore's Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, which leads the Indian Government-funded Development Gateway ICT Research and Training Centre, has published a technical paper on building virtual classroom situations using the center's Vartalaap software. The open-source software is being developed to cater to the online communications needs of people in their local language.Read Vartalaap - Virtual Classroom System
Most of the inquiries handled by Marvelous Batiks now come online. Above, Ms. Masawe displays samples of her beautiful textiles.
Stronger systems for tracking and reporting aid help recipients and donors better manage resources for greater development impact.
Jean Philbert Nsengimana is the manager of the Rwanda Country Gateway.