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  • Notes from the Field: Geocoding Aid Data in DRC | Development Gateway
    geographical information on aid activities Increasing GIS capacity will is expected to be an ongoing discussion at the DRC Donor Coordination Group We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Government of the DRC and its DPs to leverage data for more informed decision making Background DRC has had an Aid Management Program PGAI since 2008 and efforts to integrate GIS capacity began in 2013 The PGAI contains one of the most extensive country level databases on foreign aid spending available in any developing country covering over USD13 billion and 7 000 projects for a period between 1999 and 2015 Fabrice Musoni is a Consultant with Development Gateway Guillaume Léveillé is a Senior Aid Management Fellow at Development Gateway Perspectives du terrain la géolocalisation des données sur l aide en République Démocratique du Congo À travers son partenariat avec AidData et sa collaboration avec le Ministère du Plan Development Gateway a récemment clôturé la première phase du programme de géolocalisation Higher Education Solutions Network financé par USAID Les cadres ministériels et partenaires au développement ont exprimé leur appréciation envers les résultats de l exercice Néanmoins chacun reconnait que ceci n est que la première étape vers le renforcement des capacités en ce qui concerne l utilisation de système d information géographique SIG au sein des agences gouvernementales et de la communauté des partenaires techniques et financiers PTF Le projet avait pour but de renforcer les efforts du gouvernement à s approprier la Plateforme de Gestion de l Aide et des Investissements PGAI ainsi qu améliorer son module SIG Cela a impliqué une collecte de données géographique des projets de développement en cours jusqu au niveau territoire de la RDC dans le but de renforcer la coordination entre les PTFs et le gouvernement ainsi qu appuyer la préparation du budget

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/02/05/notes-from-the-field-geocoding-aid-data-in-drc/ (2016-02-15)
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  • A Roadmap for AMP Sustainability | Development Gateway
    country ownership was eventually broken down into seven steps to successful sustainability encompassing institutional technical and capacity elements Co create work plans which are objective based and built on good practices It s important that from the beginning everyone is clear on AMP processes and that we have long term commitments from development partners and government leadership to invest the resources needed for success Evaluate work plans on a yearly basis DG and government leadership should touch base annually to check what s working and what needs adjustment ensuring coordination open lines of communication and a smoother path forward Include sustainability metrics in regular reporting This step also includes an emphasis on increased regular reporting from Development Partners DPs for example drafting agreements that ensure all implementation information is entered into AMP DPs need to provide funding support to ensure they are able to report to AMP in a timely complete fashion Work with leadership to address issues incrementally The government plays an important role in supporting AMP sustainability by initially making sure the use of AMP is compulsory in different line ministries As sustainability increases the government needs to ensure proper mobilization of resources and commitment Institutionalizing the rules of the game early on with bounded roles and responsibilities helps ensure that the AMP will be leveraged appropriately Improve our knowledge base In order to decrease reliance on DG for ongoing knowledge transfer DG will work towards providing online training modules ensuring documentation is hosted all in one place and that are clearer and easier to use Streamline the technical approach DG will work closely with government representatives and the AMP technical team to ensure that AMP is simpler to use administer and manage from a platform perspective Develop a clearer institutional roadmap This is the next step and

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/02/03/a-roadmap-for-amp-sustainability/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Fostering a “Data Culture” | Development Gateway
    for government decision making However this tenet is often coupled with the assumption that a data driven culture already exists The Importance of Access When asked how domestic data use could be ramped up a representative from the Government of Malawi underscored the need for accessible data Infrastructure limitations such as spotty Internet connectivity or expensive technology curb the ability to review let alone analyze information In Malawi s case the government is currently grappling with making technology and accessibility affordable But is having both data and citizens online enough Encouraging Data Driven Decision Making Increased data availability does not guarantee an increased uptake or usage As pointed out by a Government of Niger representative removing access constraints does not automatically shift a bureaucratic or civic culture Using data in decision making is a skill that needs to be learned just as much as cleaning or verifying datasets and it requires a supportive culture So how do we shift from qualitative to quantitative decision making With partner governments Development Gateway is working to catalyze data uptake through identifying data champions high ranking officials in government departments who push their peers towards data driven decision making Importantly building a data culture

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/01/29/fostering-a-data-culture/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Blog | Development Gateway
    IEAG report on mobilizing the Data Revolution for development opens with this truism Without high quality data providing the right information on the right things at the right time designing monitoring and evaluating effective policies becomes almost impossible Continue reading Uganda s Development Information Goes Public November 21 2014 Paige Kirby Last week the Ugandan Government made public its Development Assistance Management System which tracks all external development assistance projects in the country This system is a technical part of the country s Aid Management Program AMP Overseen by the Ugandan Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development Secretary Keith Muhahanizi reaffirmed on Friday that the system Continue reading AMP 2 10 A New Frontier November 13 2014 Paige Kirby As a technical minded social enterprise much of Development Gateway s work involves partnering with governments to devise solutions to improve the effectiveness and transparency of their aid management activities The Aid Management Program AMP a comprehensive suite of co created software technical training and good practice sharing is one such example After nearly a decade of software iteration technical training and fostering South South Cooperation through annual workshops AMP has reached a new milestone Software Version 2 10 Continue reading Fighting Ebola One Data Entry at a Time November 12 2014 Taryn Davis Maybe it s just me but the hysteria over Ebola seems to be far greater than any other contagion type scenario we ve been through of late or I ve just become more cognizant of the fact that I m a little bit older and death is that much closer Continue reading Helping New EU Member States Fulfill Busan Commitments November 11 2014 Mihai Postelnicu Paige Kirby Development Gateway is pleased to announce the launch of EU DEVFIN a platform that enhances official development assistance ODA

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/blog/page11/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Lessons from Nepal: Getting government data to everyone else | Development Gateway
    Ministry of Education needs health data he or she calls a contact in the Ministry of Health But by all accounts this doesn t happen very often anyway most government staff only collect aggregate and report data in their own sectors While government officials don t seem to struggle with these informal mechanisms external users do Some data is available publicly via the CBS website or sector websites but many users report frustration with the format timeliness and coverage of this data As a result people who can go directly to government contacts when they need data But this approach obviously leaves a lot of unmet demand So if the greatest perceived government data demand is outside of the government then what can be done to make government data more accessible to external actors What does accessible data actually mean Data accessibility refers to two things how easy a user can access the data e g find it download it and how easy the user can manipulate the data understand join up and analyze it The idea of accessibility is simple in principle but our study indicates that it s rather complicated in practice In particular government data accessibility is limited due to available staff time not having sufficient time ability to post data in various different formats as well as by physical resources e g limited server space While serious these barriers could be addressed rather directly via government or donor prioritization of resources for such important initiatives With some internal and external support the government could make their data resources more widely and easily available to the general public feeding growing demand for government information from academia donors civil society the private sector and even other government agencies Apart from data infrastructure improvements e g procuring more server

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/12/16/lessons-from-nepal-getting-government-data-to-everyone-else/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Making Citizen Feedback More Actionable in Uganda | Development Gateway
    years but much of that data remains siloed This is unfortunate because the results of integrating this data with other existing information could be illuminating DevTrac is one example of an exciting open data initiative Led by a consortium of government agencies and development partners including UNICEF Uganda DevTrac collects and visualizes site specific data on national services like schools and healthcare centers The information comes directly from local community members who conduct site visits and upload the statistics they collect DevTrac Uganda website Real time reporting on public services in Uganda In contrast the Government of Uganda s Public Investment Management Information System PIMIS developed in partnership with AidData institutional partner Development Gateway tracks aid funded projects and programs nationwide The online database includes both projects from the government budget and those externally managed by donors The result is a broad high level overview of aid flows and development activity nationwide The idea is this by bringing together PIMIS s top down official record of development aid activities and DevTrac s bottom up citizen reports on how aid activities impact Ugandan communities we hope to create a more complete picture of development inputs and outcomes in Uganda With the support of UNICEF Uganda which hosts DevTrac AidData Summer Fellows in Kampala are looking at both sets of data to see if and how they can be combined By connecting in depth information about on the ground realities with the data used to allocate resources at a high level AidData hopes to enable policymakers to better gauge impact and make evidence based development decisions Mapping the Design Landscape To supplement this data cross walking exercise AidData Summer Fellows are also trying to learn more about the overall decision making process and how data fits in Specifically How does citizen feedback

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/07/17/making-citizen-feedback-more-actionable-in-uganda/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Setting your Data-lutions for 2015 | Development Gateway
    on Data Innovation of 2014 It covers a broad range of more serious books such as Big Data at Work Dispelling the Myths Uncovering the Opportunities to more lighthearted ones such as Data A Love Story How I cracked the Online Dating Code to Meet My Match Stop committing the 7 Cardinal Sins of chartmaking We know it s tempting but if you put in a little bit of work and set your mind to it you can do amazing things with those excel charts of yours If thinking positively is one of your goals then instead of thinking of what not to do in visualization here is a list of all the great resolutions for what you CAN do with visualization I m seeing great charts in your future If you re really ready to take the next step in data then you re ready for T he One That Will Totally Change Your Life brought to us by Partially Derivative This podcast and blogpost provides you with all the resources you need to set and achieve your data lutions From books to MOOCs who to follow on Twitter and the blogosphere and how to become a GitHub master

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/01/22/setting-your-data-lutions-for-2015/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Leveraging Data to Reshape Relationships | Development Gateway
    Data Revolution it s easier and easier for individuals organizations and governments to collect vast amounts of data on a range of subjects However the true goal of this revolution is not to drown in data but learn how we can leverage data to make better decisions The Government of Nepal this year s workshop co host has been leveraging their Aid Management Platform to gather and aggregate information on foreign aid The Ministry of Finance uses this data to prepare among other things the yearly Development Cooperation Report as well as an annual brief on technical assistance for parliament in advance of the national budget announcement Data is also reshaping relationships between the Government of Nepal and its development partners Analysis of historical and current trends through AMP led the government to revise its 2014 Development Cooperation Policy which gives specific guidance to donors on how to allocate aid funds Now including more robust coordination mechanisms reporting areas and results frameworks this data based policy change aims for more effective interventions with the government in the driver s seat Learning about successful high level data uptake was a great experience However as we covered last year challenges remain to

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/01/20/leveraging-data-to-reshape-relationships/ (2016-02-15)
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