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  • From Dollars to Decisionmaking at FFD3 | Development Gateway
    Financing for Development conference One key outcome for this conference will be securing adequate financial commitments from donors in support of the Sustainable Development Goals This aim received a boost on Friday with the announcement from the International Monetary Fund and key Multilateral Development Banks that over 400 billion in financing will be extended to support the SDGs over the next three years However beyond dollars and cents a central focus for FFD should be plans for empowering aid receiving countries with the tools and skills to manage and use development resources effectively As the nature of development assistance changes let s remember that in addition to resources our partner government colleagues need the tools skills and processes to manage analyze and allocate these resources for maximum effect And providers of development finance whether traditional donors or otherwise should continue to make it easy for partner countries to access understand and use data about development assistance After a decade of pioneering aid information management tools and processes we at DG are confident that empowering decision makers to use information effectively is the key to long term SDG success To our colleagues at FFD best of luck for a productive meeting

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/07/13/from-dollars-decisionmaking/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Opening up the Atlantic: A Transnational Approach to Sustainable Development? | Development Gateway
    Currently the dialogue on combating environmental degradation focuses on the localized nature of environmental problems challenging the notion that it is a transnational problem However approaches to addressing environmental issues do not necessarily need to be either local or national transnational If we accept that economically and ecologically marginal lands suffer the most from environmental consequences and therefore should be the focal points in combating degradation efforts while acknowledging the merit of supporting integrated approaches and knowledge sharing efforts both local and transnational efforts can play an important role in finding mutually beneficial opportunities within and across Atlantic Basin countries On that point Agenda 21 a UN initiative created in 1992 states the need for knowledge sharing and management related activities as a means for ensuring the uptake of best practices among similar contexts Common context means that good practices may be exchanged across disparate areas and that policymakers do not have to reinvent the wheel as challenges and opportunities arise Furthermore the Atlantic Ocean a common resource remains critical for trade With pressing concerns and mutually beneficial opportunities arising from the region s shared environmental borders the Atlantic Basin holds a shared socio economic interest in finding a sustainable long term approach to protecting its resources and bolstering resilience Environmental challenges outlined in the SDGs highlight the need to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts and to protect and enhance sustainability in the oceans and terrestrial ecosystems The Atlantic Ocean serves as a key source of both resources and sustenance for many According to GMF s Atlantic Currents report a joint approach to both investing and conserving in these regions through energy infrastructure support resource accessibility and more could prove effective in both the short and long term as detailed in the UN s sustainable

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/06/16/opening-up-atlantic/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Technology in the Atlantic Basin | Development Gateway
    governments and development partners to track overseas development assistance ODA at the project or local level Some systems such as the Aid Management Platform AMP also include tools that can produce reports charts and maps with aid and project information With information as such publicly available to users not only within specific countries but also around the world this data helps to open up various different avenues for government and donor accountability within and between countries Technology can also address and in many cases is already addressing challenges in various sectors Technology has been playing an increasingly important role in the education sector in many developing countries using mobile and Internet based tools to increase access to education as well as providing more opportunities for higher education is but one example of technology can facilitate change within a country with more often than not minimal physical and material investment With the increasing focus on the use of technology for development ICT4D there are 2 questions that highlight the important next areas of focus for how technology can continue to play a relevant and useful role in decision making and policies in the development realm for positive change and challenges of implementation The AMP example highlights one way how data collection and data management can respond to important policy decisions from a national government perspective One question that often plagues government officials in a developing country context is who in this context donors is doing what where Information management systems such as the AMP attempt to help address this question via utilizing data collected in a way that is useful for policymakers By collecting geocoded information on where donor projects are taking place within a country this helps to open up avenues for officials and citizens to be able to tackle

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/07/21/technology-atlantic-basin/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Register today for 'Space to Innovate' | Development Gateway
    for the management and strategic direction of information management programs in over 30 countries and is the Co Executive Director of AidData a research and innovation partnership Choi has extensive experience leading aid management initiatives and working with governments and donors around the world to make development finance information more transparent and actionable Previously Choi monitored and responded to natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies for USAID s Office of U S Foreign Disaster Assistance She holds a master s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and a bachelor s degree from Harvard University Aaron Sherinian serves as the chief communications and marketing officer for the UN Foundation He leads the Foundation s public relations efforts media relationships strategic outreach and online presence Before joining the UN Foundation Sherinian served as managing director of public affairs for the Millennium Challenge Corporation where he oversaw the agency s strategic communications portfolio media relationships and public relations agenda His professional background includes a decade of service as a foreign service officer for the U S Department of State Before returning to Washington he was press attaché at the U S Embassy in Quito Ecuador He served in the Political and Consular Sections of the U S Embassy in Costa Rica and in the Office of Policy Planning under two assistant secretaries of state for the Western Hemisphere Sherinian is a native of Pasadena California He holds degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Brigham Young University Lovisa Williams has over 15 years experience in communications information technology and digital technologies for the U S federal government She is the digital strategist in the U S Department of State s Digital Diplomacy Unit As part of the Digital Diplomacy Unit Williams is responsible for digital strategy and outreach She is one of the early pioneers of Digital Diplomacy She started the first social media office in the U S federal government the Office of Innovative Engagement and co wrote the Department of State s first Social Media Use Policy Williams has served on temporary assignment with the White House and most recently at the Broadcasting Board of Governors In her capacity as a product manager for the Broadcasting Board of Governors Williams provided assistance in how to leverage digital platforms develop better digital content and build a business intelligence platform She is also interested in exploring what makes organizations and people innovative how technologies can empower people for global change and how to transform governments into organizations capable of adapting to an ever changing world Williams attended George Mason University where she studied art history and studio arts Richard Lui has spent more than 25 years in business and communications Currently he is a journalist and news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News and before that at CNN Worldwide where he became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily national cable news show in the United States Lui is also a contributing columnist writing op eds

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/07/15/register-today-space-to-innovate/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Working Within Complex Systems | Development Gateway
    how does one plan on influencing government decision making if you don t engage don t seek to understand and don t build those all important relationships within government As a backup to this report is a post by Will Allen on the difference between handling complicated versus complex systems Governance is a complex system based on relationships their properties of self organization interconnectedness and evolution and thus must be handled as the post outlines through Relationship building working with patterns of interaction Sense making collective interpretation Loose coupling support communities of practice and add more degrees of freedom Learning act learn plan at the same time and Notice emergent directions building on what works Because we are dealing with data we might think we are dealing with a complicated system one where we have a relatively high degree of certainty of outcome repetition and thus might try to handle it as such through what the author outlines as Role defining setting job and task descriptions Decision making find the best choice Tight structuring use chain of command and prioritize or limit simple actions Knowing decide and tell others what to do or Staying the course align and maintain focus However this ignores the fact that the outcome we really want is for the data to change a complex system of government which is quite well complex Of course this doesn t mean we have to start completely from scratch every time when working with governance data As Josh Powell noted in his post What s next for U S Government aid transparency Data quality for data use no matter where you go poor quality of data is going to mean it s not very useful and therefore isn t likely to be used This process is applicable to any

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/08/13/working-within-complex-systems/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Will there be a Resource War? | Development Gateway
    s release noting that while the report makes important recommendations the tendency to point to a possible climate war a la Mad Max simplifies conflict too much Fighting over resources isn t new and no doubt increasingly scarce resources have the potential to set more and more sparks but there is also history and politics to account for Case studies in the report point to current tension points such as struggle over the Nile River s ebb and flow which affects millions of people in countries that depend on the Nile for their water supply The private industry as reported by the World Bank seems to recognize that stable and healthy markets are good for business and are starting to get on board with creating a low carbon market that will support economic growth and hopefully increase more stability in the future Climate changes make it even more important that agricultural efforts outlined in the article Energizing the Green Revolution in Africa are put into play It is becoming increasingly imperative that farmers be able to produce a maximum amount of crops per plot of land While this has always been necessary establishing strong agricultural production and markets will create

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/08/06/will-resource-war/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Will the Real Grand Challenge Please Stand Up? | Development Gateway
    will be met is yet to be seen and would require some sincere self analysis by many key players Speaking of global challenges and big players The G 7 agreed that decarbonization will be important to keeping global warming below 2 degree Celsius At least one person is excited about that Ok make that at least two as Sir David King hopes this means a climate deal is likely at Paris this year even after it failed to materialized in Copenhagen in 2009 Those considering taking up the challenge to make your data public and open might be interested in reading some key points about like how to make it usable and how one organization s fears around going open didn t come to pass The State Department s Annual Fiscal Transparency Report found that 60 countries aren t up to the challenge of open data and aren t meeting minimum requirements for fiscal transparency Only nine of those have made any significant progress since last year While it can be challenging to keep up with all the grand challenges and not as grand but still important challenges that are ever present it s good to keep in mind this

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/07/30/will-real-grand-challenge/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Looking Back Before You Leap | Development Gateway
    hinder the SDGs from succeeding Many are pushing to make sure key issues don t get overlooked during such a pivotal moment such as making sure government and finance transparency becomes integrated into the implementation of the SDGs BTW if you missed the live chat on The Guardian about aid transparency here are 16 key takeaways from the session If you had the chance to be there hopefully you didn t miss out on all the side events that are taking place including one on The Role of Data Standards and International Initiatives on Mobilizing and Monitoring Financing for Development Commitments In support of the data revolution that has come out of the MDGs and thrust forward with the new SDGs Open Data Watch has released a new report on lessons from case studies on how data can lead to impact We were all waiting for it and now the UN has released The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015 As twitter makes clear there are two truths over a billion people are no longer living in extreme poverty and over 800 million are still living in extreme poverty Which should we focus on Well both We have the opportunity to

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/07/23/looking-before-you-leap/ (2016-02-15)
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