Nearly 20 years ago, Development Gateway began as an idea within the World Bank: “How can we leverage the power of the internet to understand who is doing what where, and to what effect?"
DG has pursued this mission in three distinct waves:
After a period of incubation within the World Bank, DG was spun off and began creating global public goods. During this period, DG developed and piloted the Aid Management Platform in Ethiopia and 13 additional countries.
DG shifted focus toward country systems, and data visualization. AMP scaled from a few countries to nearly 25, and DG learned how to effectively engage with and provide support to governments. DG cofounded AidData with William and Mary and Brigham Young universities, creating a core competency of partnering with researchers to bridge the academic-policy divide.
One of the first ICT4D organizations to show dissatisfaction with the level of data and technology uptake, DG sought to more deeply understand data use. Embedded in our technology programming, and in stand-alone research initiatives, we began leveraging what we’d learned, to explore how and why data was – or wasn’t – being used.
We're building upon what we've learned from each successive wave of evolution. We've built on research methods from our academic partners, combined with our practical experience implementing technical tools, and the deep trust we’d gained working with countries. Each project and partnership was an opportunity to learn about barriers to data uptake and try to improve it. This iterative approach – continually incorporating new techniques to drive actual data use in each project – has set DG apart from other purely technical providers.