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  • The Next Five Years: Replacing "Build Back Better" with a Cycle of Constructive Communication | Development Gateway
    sphere donors and governments play critical roles especially in a post disaster context Ideally governments would manage and coordinate aid flows and incorporate this information into data driven decision making and reconstruction processes while donors would report timely and accurate information to governments to aid government planning all the while following through on pledged commitments Most importantly throughout this process governments and donors should also work with each other to ensure that efforts are both impactful and applicable given varying contexts Five years after the earthquake though progress has been made the situation remains far from ideal over 86 000 individuals still live in tents outside of the capital and audits of international aid projects show disappointing results It s tempting and not entirely inaccurate to blame poor oversight unforeseen realities political tension or limited local capacity for the current state of affairs However at its base the issue is this donors and the Government of Haiti have not been effective development partners As we covered in 2014 both donors and the government rallied behind using technical tools and processes to track commitments and disbursements of reconstruction support through Haiti s Aid Management Platform MGAE le Module de gestion de l aide externe The MGAE allows donors to input planned and dispersed funding by theme and project location allowing the government to see how much money is flowing into the country and where that money goes By tracking this information in a centralized system the government and donor partners can ensure funds go where they are needed most and can avoid waste or duplication of efforts However a tool is only as good as its inputs Late reporting or funding that doesn t appear undisbursed unreported cut last minute undermines the entire system and erodes trust and partnership Without that

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/01/12/the-next-five-years-replacing-build-back-better-with-a-cycle-of-constructive-communication/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Open Contracting for Open Development: Insights and Applications | Development Gateway
    is actually spent Over the past year the Open Aid Partnership AidData and the Government of Nepal s Public Procurement Monitoring Office PPMO have used Open Contracting principles to open up government procurement data in country The effort culminated with an Open Contracting for Open Development workshop exploring how Open Contracting Data Standard OCDS principles can improve public spending accountability citizen participation and development effectiveness More than 55 participants from government agencies donors civil society organizations media and the private sector groups attended the workshop During the event AidData and Open Nepal revealed a public open contracting dashboard hosted by Open Nepal available here containing information from over 5 000 public contracts In turn participants at the workshop shared why procurement transparency matters to them For example Representatives from civil society valued the opportunity to watch the good and ills of development projects and possibly correct them A member of the private sector stated visualiz ing the real time situation of public procurement feeds into plans for business expansion Government officials used this data for developing new policies sector strategies and procurement plans as well as to monitor and analyz e about the use of aid money Feedback received to

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/01/06/open-contracting-for-open-development-insights-and-applications/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Open Contracting: Going Granular for Increased Transparency and Accountability | Development Gateway
    move the development conversation from what is happening where to how resources are being allocated and projects are being implemented on the ground And there is demand for this information surveys in countries as diverse as Indonesia Tanzania Mexico and Mongolia show more than 75 percent of citizens want their governments to be more open with this kind of data As a result the Open Contracting Partnership was formed to make procurement information more open accessible and actionable and the global movement toward procurement transparency is gaining momentum AidData is actively engaged in moving this Open Contracting agenda forward In collaboration with the Open Aid Partnership OAP and the World Bank Institute WBI AidData led an Open Contracting for Open Development pilot project in Nepal which focused on publishing and publicizing standardized sub national contracting data Our immediate goal was to create one of the first country level Open Contracting datasets using the core principles of the Open Contracting Data Standard OCDS 1 But that s just a starting point By expanding the breadth and depth of contract information publicly available in Nepal and by promoting an active community of practice including government donors civil society and the private sector we hope to spark an interest in and an appetite for open contracting writ large To accomplish this goal we sought out government ministry partners who i oversaw projects representing a substantial proportion of foreign aid and ii who had active public e procurement portals Ultimately we partnered with Nepal s Public Procurement Monitoring Office PPMO Department of Roads DOR Nepal Electrical Authority NEA and the Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agriculture Roads DoLIDAR Tracking these contracts through the procurement process and adding rich geographic information paints a clearer picture of how large aid projects are programmed The results

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/12/30/open-contracting-going-granular-for-increased-transparency-and-accountability/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Live from Nepal at #AMPWS2014 | Development Gateway
    on the country to have access to information through the AMP public portal Let me also thank our partners at USAID who have made it possible for some of you to attend for their support and commitment to make aid information more available and more transparent UNDP has been a long standing partner of DG in the organization of these yearly workshops and our work with DFID on data uptake in Nepal is breaking new ground let me express our gratitude as well for their partnership Finally a word of thanks to our AidData colleagues and to the team at University of Texas at Austin We meet today at the dawn of 2015 the MDG target year Since 2000 big data has come upon us and the Secretary General of the UN has called for a post 2015 data revolution These developments reflect lessons of the MDGs namely the need for a baseline and for comparable information hence the efforts at harmonization under the IATI and Busan umbrellas The goals of the data revolution are many and the recent Independent Expert Advosory Group s report to the Secretary General includes a number of goals Three are very relevant for us A consensus on principles and standards including the need for gender dis aggregated information The sharing of technology and innovation New resources for capacity development The emerging post 2015 consensus also emphasizes domestic resource mobilization both in the need to link aid and budget management as well as the need to link to debt management to preserve long term debt sustainability These goals are important and promising developments However ultimate success will depend in large measure on how well data is taken up by countries and used for decision making not only by governments and their partners but also by

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/12/12/live-from-nepal-at-ampws2014/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Meeting the Challenge of Open Data | Development Gateway
    why At Development Gateway we know that Open Data is about much more than throwing data out into the universe it s about using that information once it s available and getting back to the why behind data transparency One of the great things about the Data Revolution is that it prods us to take stock of data we already have There are goldmines of data right now and a million different ways to use and evaluate this information But what can the development community do to ensure that this information is used to make better decisions about development resource allocation For part of the workshop we will get our hands dirty with the data we already have by shaping it into useful data analytics and visuals we will host a deep dive session on the IATI data standard to discuss challenges improvements and how to use this data in country and we will also hear from civil society representatives and agencies Open Nepal and USAID Nepal on how they have used data from Nepal s public Aid Management Platform Our hope is that these sessions will not only encourage more data use for decisionmaking in our partner countries but

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/12/04/meeting-the-challenge-of-open-data/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Scaling up South-South Cooperation | Development Gateway
    geocoding methodology that has become the international standard as part of the International Aid Transparency Initiative IATI Gathering information at the most local level possible allows for more disaggregated data that is applicable across a broader range of use cases Nationally Aid Management Program In the spirit of the Paris Declaration emphasis on country ownership and following the Accra Agenda mantra of putting the countries in the driver s seat DG developed an aid information management tool that facilitates the tracking of projects and financing allowing for a more informed and data driven dialogue Co created with the Governments of India and Ethiopia the Aid Management Program AMP has been launched in over 25 countries worldwide Increasingly AMP countries are working with AidData to geocode their aid activities and in over 10 countries all stakeholders in the development process donors governments and citizens have access to the information through an AMP public portal DG is currently evaluating mechanisms that would allow citizens to provide feedback on project implementation and give them a voice in improving results In the spirit of SSC DG organizes a yearly workshop attended by countries engaged with or interested in the AMP This workshop now in its 7th year allows teams to exchange their experiences good practices and to provide feedback to the DG team To keep discussions going between workshops a special collaboration space for AMP countries has been created on DG s knowledge exchange platform Zunia org Finally in partnership with the government of Honduras and SEGIB DG has created a module to track SSC in the Honduran AMP platform Lessons learned are being shared by SEGIB with other countries in Latin America and a public portal including S S information is about to be launched Haiti another AMP country has expressed interest in

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/12/03/scaling-up-south-south-cooperation/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Blog | Development Gateway
    importance of making city government data accessible to the public with the approval of an Open Data Policy The policy lays out a plan to make data centrally accessible through the development of an open data portal with the goal of increasing transparency and empowering citizens to hold the government accountable Continue reading Good Data and You October 20 2014 Paige Kirby After the 2014 Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank below are some key questions and takeaways on how open data development finance and diverse stakeholders mix Why do we need to publish data Continue reading We Need a Revolution October 14 2014 Taryn Davis The Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data revolution for development is giving you only a few days to share your views on what a revolution should look like So here s your chance to be a revolutionary channel your inner Beatle per the Data Revolution Group and act quickly because the deadline is October 15th Continue reading Coordinating UN Development Efforts for Better Results October 08 2014 Paige Kirby One of the biggest challenges facing a complex entity like the United Nations Development Group UNDG is how to coordinate efforts across the 32 agencies departments and programs that play a role in the UN s development work Coordination means collecting and standardizing data from dozens of offices managing thousands of activities to improve the efficiency effectiveness coherence and relevance of UN development assistance Continue reading Applying M E to the Open Data Movement October 07 2014 Paige Kirby Since its very beginning Development Gateway has been committed to open data initiatives and without a doubt great strides have been made in open data acceptance and adoption More and more development organizations practitioners and national governments have begun publishing all sorts of

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/blog/page12/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Announcing a New Minerva Initiative Grant to Study Complex Emergencies in Asia | Development Gateway
    and Law As a Strauss Center research partner Development Gateway will support the exploration of complex emergencies in Asia by creating a series of new dashboards to support high level geospatial analysis and modeling We hope to learn about the particular dynamics of these emergencies and how we might build government capacity to respond to and prevent them We as part of the AidData partnership engaged with the Strauss Center in 2009 to help build an innovative set of maps and dashboards to visualize the effects of aid on climate change and armed conflict Together with the Strauss Center we unveiled the Climate Change and African Political Stability CCAPS program maps in 2011 showcasing a climate dashboard that enables high powered GIS analytics of spatial indices in a user friendly interface CCAPs was a recipient of Esri s coveted Special Achievements in GIS Award in 2013 We look forward to building on this work as we embark on this new research project AidData and the Strauss Center also collaborated on the first ever multi donor geocoding exercise in partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Finance We are excited to continue our partnership with the Strauss Center continuing to push new

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/05/30/announcing-a-new-minerva-initiative-grant-to-study-complex-emergencies-in-asia/ (2016-02-15)
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