When someone mentions artificial intelligence (AI), it’s easy to conjure up two conflicting images: the first, killer robots whizzing past, replacing human jobs, daily tasks, and social interactions in a post-apocalyptic world; the second, a C-3PO-esque personality revolutionizing our health and food systems. Pondering this, we are also inclined to explore the question, where does global development fit in within this futuristic, Star Wars-inspired universe?
We are pleased to announce the digital publication of Development Gateway’s 2018 Annual Report.
This year, we have built on our decision-focused approach to data and evidence; implemented innovative programs in our expanding agriculture and extractives industries focus areas; and invested in a systematic gender lens.
Sub-Saharan Africa’s population has grown by 11 million people a year for the past 60 years – for a total of about 670 million people since 1950. Mortality rates have declined, fertility rates have risen – but what does a shifting demographic dividend mean for keeping up with food security?
To achieve data use, we must change how we approach, design, and implement M&E systems. At present, investments in M&E systems suffer from high levels of inefficiency, and there is a high rate of failure across implemented systems. In taking steps to improve how M&E systems are designed, and to achieve truly useful systems, Development Gateway is pleased to announce the release of our latest white paper, “The Custom Assessment and Landscaping Methodology: Balancing Accountability & Learning in M&E Systems.”
In late September, in preparation for the release of USAID’s new Development Data Library (DDL), Development Gateway (DG) and the USAID Data Services Team visited USAID staff and implementing partners in Nepal and Cambodia.
After close to 10 years at Development Gateway (DG), Jean-Louis Sarbib is moving on from his job as Chief Executive Officer on December 31, 2018. DG is now a well respected, thriving social enterprise with a talented, entrepreneurial, and dedicated staff. The organization has risen to meet the needs of the Data Revolution for the Sustainable Development Goals, and maintains strong relationships with country governments, development organizations, and foundations. The recent addition of policy and analytic capabilities has further raised DG’s profile and potential.
The Open Geospatial Data Center for Health (OpenDCH) program aims to address gaps in both data supply and demand in Côte d'Ivoire, focusing on stakeholder engagement, alignment of data sources, and forging of data literacy. OpenDCH is a partnership between AidData, Development Gateway, the Ministry of Health’s Direction de l'Informatique et de l'Information Sanitaire (DIIS), and USAID/Côte d’Ivoire.
As the number of tools and resources for using and publishing data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) continues to increase, it gets harder to keep track of what is available, and how maximize each tool’s benefits. To address this, we at Development Gateway put together the IATI Tool Guide, a one-stop guide to IATI tools and resources.
We know that evidence can lead to better outcomes. Yet despite spending upwards of USD $2.5 billion annually on collecting information about results – outcomes and impacts – research suggests these data are infrequently used.
We at Development Gateway invite you to discuss how we can address this gap, by making smarter agency and government-wide investments in results.
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