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  • Unlocking Old Problems with New Tools | Development Gateway
    a data revolution happening Thanks to David Bauer who wrote a great article on the World Bank Gender Data people can take an easy look and some interesting insights on a country scale These insights are going to be key to the Post 2015 Data Revolution and will change how organizations structure development programs in different countries and regions Take a look at the Bauer article and look at the Arabian Peninsula The peninsula has some of the gender imbalanced states and Qatar s female population is about 1 4 of its entire population So what happened Why is there such an imbalance in those countries Take a look at the chart 1970s saw an increase in oil prices and attracted a lot of migrant workers for male dominated industries These migrant workers went to Arabian Peninsula and if they had families were not allowed to bring them Right there gender imbalance thrown off Throughout the entire article there are different scenarios and world events that effect populations in different countries So why does this matter why do I need to know if the population in Russia has twice as many women above the age of 65 why does this matter to an organization Well simple answer is the more information that exists the easier it is to make an impact Take a look at Nepal Starting the Mid 1990s there was a mass migration of men to other countries looking for work At the same time immigration to Nepal was predominantly female As a result Nepal has a majority female population This is where the power of the Post 2015 Data Revolution is the ability to gain access to more information and insights quickly More importantly it s the ability to take a look at old problems with new

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/05/22/unlocking-old-problems/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Parasites and Looting, AKA Corruption | Development Gateway
    up in corruption and hidden deals A sharp op ed in the NY Times compared the corrupt official to the literal parasites that are embedded in poor countries Both are pervasive damaging and the poor are the most affected by both The issue is so vast that whole books are written about it such as recently released The Looting Machine by Tom Burgis But as a NY Times book reviewer mentioned little in this book talks about what is to be done about it In addition to initiatives such as publishing payments there are other ways to protect and improve the ways countries use their natural resources One example is a recent training of Tanzanian government officials on how to make public private partnerships that will hopefully enable government to make partnerships that are beneficial to country development Other initiatives work at a hyper local level to enable local communities to protect their local resources through actions such as mapping and boundary agreements When we talk about a data revolution I can t imagine how explosive the data could be around corporate payments natural resources and the effects on local communities drilling mining and other activities have had There is a reason it is being fought on both sides of the table because this type of information could start to turn the tables A recent post on Markets for Good explored how they were originally hesitant to call the data revolution a revolution instead of evolution They eventually changed their mind after realizing the lack of information they could find on health and poverty What the article touched on lightly is what I think actually defines a revolution Change It is not merely having the data that is revolutionary but using that data to make changes To be able to

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/05/19/parasites-looting/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Blog | Development Gateway
    amounts of development financing driven by studies showing that higher household wealth can mean reduced violence or that targeted spending may undermine rebel groups who win allegiance by providing social services Continue reading A New Development Gateway March 24 2015 Paige Kirby Development Gateway is proud to announce the publication of its 2012 2014 Annual Report As the letter from Board Chair Mary O Kane illustrates Continue reading A Data Revolution from the Inside Out March 19 2015 Benjamin Arancibia The eight Millennium Development Goals are targeted for completion in 2015 and the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs will be the world s new targets These SDGs necessitate a Data Revolution and every organization needs to start laying the groundwork now for a successful future Continue reading IATI and Country Systems Data Evaluation Methodology March 17 2015 Benjamin Arancibia Hamadoun Cisse Paige Kirby Josh Powell Last week we shared big picture challenges and opportunities our team identified when evaluating IATI data for country level integration In this post we will explain in more detail our data comparison and methodology used to analyze IATI and in country data Step 1 Identifying Core Fields Continue reading IATI and Country Systems Data Evaluation Results March 12 2015 Benjamin Arancibia Hamadoun Cisse Paige Kirby Josh Powell Earlier this year we announced a new partnership between Development Gateway and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development to integrate IATI and Aid Management Platform AMP data in Burkina Faso Chad Cote d Ivoire Madagascar and Senegal Below is an update on outcomes to date our next post will describe in depth the data methodology for this process Continue reading A Call to Do More with Data March 10 2015 Nancy McGuire Choi On Wednesday February 25th 2015 AidData co hosted a consultation event at the

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/blog/page8/ (2016-02-15)
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  • The Demand Side of the Data Revolution: Lessons from the Government of Nepal | Development Gateway
    lot of data district level officers collect statistical and administrative data from every sector and report it upward implementing government departments gather clean and aggregate this data central line ministries then use the data to produce progress reports the National Planning Commission NPC and Ministry of Finance MoF At every step of the process officials use government data to inform planning discussions which result in budget proposals Final project plans are approved by NPC and MoF doles out budget for every ministry department district But interviews and a thorough document review indicate that the vast majority of government data products are tabular reports incorporating limited analysis and few recommendations So where does the analysis happen that informs resource allocation decisions According to most study respondents this last mile analysis doesn t happen very often at least formally In other words it s difficult for them to get from raw to final data Nearly every interviewee reported that limited data analysis capacity is their primary constraint to using data more often and or more effectively for planning and decision making So Who Wants to Do More Analysis Not everyone for example many senior ministry officials suggest that they have adequate capacity to meet their data collection and reporting needs They see themselves as data aggregators and quality controllers not users At the same time most local and department level staff expressed real demand for stronger analytical skills These are the staff that create sector wide indicator targets or allocate resources within a given district And the decisions they make matter for a lot of people District planning officers allocate budgets that in some districts rival the budget of an entire government ministry While populations vary widely many districts have hundreds of thousands of citizens Moreover most government officers have excellent ideas

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/12/02/the-demand-side-of-the-data-revolution-lessons-from-the-government-of-nepal/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Transparency Strikes Oil! | Development Gateway
    applauded the oil company for leading the way and proving that it can be done In other transparency news the IATI Ghana Data Use Workshop 2015 took place a few weeks ago and they released a survey titled IATI Since 2008 to assess the impact IATI has had IATI members publishers commentators and other stakeholders were able to participate in the survey While we re on the topic you might want to start planning for the International Open Data Conference coming up in May So get your talking points and your business cards in order as a wide range of open data specialists will converge on Ottawa for two days to discuss and share where we ve been where we are but mostly where we re going in respect to the Data Revolution Switching topics Tanzania s parliament approved a law that requires firms to satisfy authorities that no local could do the job before employing foreigner While this will obviously have many implications a timely article from The Guardian discusses the importance of migration for strengthening economies If this gets you wondering about global migration trends well there is a data visualization for you Take a look at The

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/04/29/transparency-strikes-oil/ (2016-02-15)
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  • We all stand with Nepal | Development Gateway
    by national authorities In the long term we ll work with our friends to contribute however possible to the reconstruction effort In the meantime individual staff members are donating to GlobalGiving s dedicated earthquake relief fund As a neighbor and close partner GlobalGiving has a strong history of ensuring aid goes to those who need it most As part of the OpenGovHub community we are also contributing to AccountabilityLab a

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/04/28/we-all-stand-with-nepal/ (2016-02-15)
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  • The Gambia joins Development Gateway’s Aid Management Family | Development Gateway
    a fruitful partnership in the years to come Development Gateway conducted an initial needs assessment in earlier this year during which we met with various stakeholders including government ministry staff local civil society organizations and several funding agencies including UNDP the EU and other UN agencies The assessment culminated with specific recommendations regarding how to implement the Aid Management Platform AMP s software tool with a specific focus on transparency

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/04/14/the-gambia-joins-development-gateway-s-aid-management-family/ (2016-02-15)
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  • MOOCs, Maps, & Robots, Oh My! | Development Gateway
    Toolkit The Toolkit includes a Quiz to let your organization see where the weak links in your feedback loop are Based on the results of the quiz you ll be directed to the Resource Library with tools guides and examples of how to strengthen and close your feedback loop Some good news for those who rely on mobile phone surveys a popular function for improving citizen engagement researchers at the Center for Global Development found that mobile phone surveys did reach the poor and gave a relatively good mirror of the population This contrasted with many people s concern that less affluent populations were being left out of mobile surveys Parents teachers students and government officials in Kenya now have access to information about the hundreds of schools in Kibera of which most are unofficial with the launch of openschoolskenya org Information collected includes school fees and how many teachers as compared to students are at the school The data is available online and the map will be printed and distributed throughout the community in Kibera The platform both provides stakeholders with access to data and starts a feedback loop with users being able to comment on specific school profiles

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/04/09/moocs-maps-robots-oh-my/ (2016-02-15)
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