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  • Blog | Development Gateway
    and citizens are working in concert to use this data to shape domestic policy and multilateral programming But what if we could use Big Data to not only influence national programming and international procedures what if we harness Big Data to secure physical and material peace and security for all Continue reading Geocoding 101 A Behind the Scenes Look at Visualizing Aid and Development August 26 2014 Paige Kirby I often get asked how AidData takes vast stores of development finance information and translates them into something that can be easily understood by the public Last week we published our geocoded data on aid flows to Nepal via the International Aid Transparency Initiative IATI registry Now anyone can easily download the data from our IATI publisher page or aiddata org to understand who is funding what and where Continue reading The Supply and Demand of Open Data August 11 2014 Paige Kirby We are all familiar with the patterns of supply and demand For many who are asked to supply open data the question of demand is a bit more complex than one might initially think Since the open part of open data implies that users shouldn t need to pay for access to the data it is harder to gauge what the data are worth to people Continue reading Following the Money Haiti Tracks Donor Commitments to Fulfill their Aid Pledges July 23 2014 Paige Kirby In the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake the international community pledged billions of dollars to support Haiti s reconstruction efforts The Government of Haiti has made significant strides over the past few years in innovating better methods to ensure this aid is responsive to changing needs and demands on the ground Continue reading Making Citizen Feedback More Actionable in Uganda July 17

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/blog/page13/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Fostering South-South Connections at the AMP Good Practices Workshop | Development Gateway
    ways to report and analyze the data they have and going public with their data To offer our partner countries the opportunity to share their own experiences and good practices DG has held an AMP workshop every year since 2008 At the workshop countries engage in South South sharing of ideas and practices and participate in discussions focused on future goals and how the AMP should progress Everyone has the opportunity to present on what their country has been doing and in depth sessions are led by country representatives Every year we get feedback about how valuable it is to learn from other countries who are implementing the program One of the participants from Cote d Ivoire last year said the workshop was a good opportunity to learn how other countries such as Ethiopia use AMP It s also a great opportunity for countries to attend who are not currently using the AMP but want to learn about the experiences of those who are This year s workshop will be held in Kathmandu Nepal on December 10 12 We look forward to see the relationships that will be built and the lessons that our partners will share Every year a

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/10/30/fostering-south-south-connections-at-the-amp-good-practices-workshop/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Cape Town Joins the Movement | Development Gateway
    around the world have taken steps to open their data to the public According to the Sunlight Foundation there are at least 33 American cities with open data policies and a project by researchers who are part of the Open Data Research Network recently examined the opening of government data in cities in Latin America While Cape Town is leading the way for cities in Africa dozens of cities around the world already utilize open data portals including Chicago London and Toronto among many others that can be found at Data Catalogs Improving access to information is critical to enabling evidence based decision making especially in developing countries where it can be challenging to access data And while opening data at the country level is important many cities in Africa are growing in size and understanding them and their data is increasingly necessary to effectively address development challenges Cities collect unique data on infrastructure development environmental zoning voting etc Making this data accessible could be beneficial to NGOs seeking solutions to environmental and health challenges private sector firms trying to understand the investment landscape or citizens who want to know how their city is spending resources While some criticisms have been raised on whether Cape Town s policy goes far enough and whether the regulations it imposes are too strict it is an important first step in the move toward transparency Cape Town has often led the way in other policy arenas it was the first city in Africa to develop an Energy and Climate Change Strategy and there could be an opportunity here for other African cities to monitor and learn from the city s implementation of the policy As with any open data initiatives it will be critical that the city raises awareness about the portal effectively monitors

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/10/22/cape-town-joins-the-movement/ (2016-02-15)
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  • “Good” Data and You | Development Gateway
    demand for data from within the government and without But this data must be reliable accessible and actionable for all stakeholders How can we create useful data With the growing enthusiasm for a data revolution critical to keep in mind is that more data is not the same as better data Inaccurate aggregated out of date information only serves to throw up roadblocks against data uptake To foster a healthy data ecosystem there must be more focus on and funding for data skills training the establishment of strong institutional processes and the creation of a legal framework conducive to producing regular reliable and on time datasets And in the excitement of the data revolution and big data it is crucial not to forget and in fact to redouble efforts on the essential task of shoring up the national institutions in charge of statistics for the long term How do we use data Even when we address the publication and quality of information data is only as good as its use If data is published and there is no or inappropriate uptake than arguably the publication and creation was for naught There remains room for improvement in leveraging data for informed decision making and improved outcomes Yet when evaluating how far policymakers still have to go it s worth asking one question What if any role should data producers play in fostering uptake is it enough to just churn out standardized datasets Linking back to how can we create useful data we would argue that data producers civil society donors advocates have a responsibility to fund and provide the hard and soft skills needed to analyze datasets and apply key takeaways to policymaking Secondly critical to keep in mind when using data is that datasets are not produced nor should they

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/10/20/good-data-and-you/ (2016-02-15)
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  • We Need a Revolution! | Development Gateway
    by putting people first and partnering with others Open data and continuous innovation should be a part of our culture Would you agree with her top three While implicit in some of her recommendations I feel the need to focus on strengthening both development partners and countries abilitiy to and know how of integrating data into planning and decision making While it seems this would be a natural progress it may take more determined steps to improve process that have been in place for decades Just look at the aid transparency movement itself The 2014 Aid Transparency Index was launched last week and while some organizations improved leaps and bounds others remain dismally behind Noted during the Q A of the session by Nigeria s Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo Iweala was the need for countries to similarly start publishing their budget data The recently published brief From Numbers to Nurses Why Budget Transparency Expenditure Monitoring and Accountability are Vital to the Post 2015 Framework would echo that sentiment of a need for transparent budgets Slides from the event The Power of Data Extractives Data Event in Washington by the Natural Resource Governance Institute highlights some powerful information how open

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/10/14/we-need-a-revolution/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Coordinating UN Development Efforts for Better Results | Development Gateway
    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 As a technical minded organization DG s goal is to empower development partners like the UNDG with the tools needed to solve these types of data challenges so the work they do can be more effective and better focused This fall we will begin work with the UNDG to launch a new coordination reporting system This tool to be used by teams in over 160 countries and across UN Headquarters will allow the organization to better coordinate monitor and evaluate in country work plans and to share a whole host of additional relevant information This includes sharing good practices for supporting national development plans and identifying support Headquarters can provide to country offices By revamping how in country missions report on progress and by making that information easier to analyze the system will help the development assistance side of the United Nations function more effectively around the world Following our work on UN Teamworks a Facebook like social networking application for knowledge

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/10/08/coordinating-un-development-efforts-for-better-results/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Applying M&E to the Open Data Movement | Development Gateway
    is key to creating and evaluating programmatic effectiveness For citizens open data is a critical tool that can be used to hold governments and organizations accountable Efficiency of Open Data In progress Through standardization protocols such as IATI and the beta OCDS users and consumers can easily upload download and share consistent and comprehensive datasets Through data transparency information can be available to anyone at anytime anywhere High connectivity countries can more easily access this information for lower connectivity countries technology barriers can easily discourage information uptake Additional problem solving is needed to lower transaction costs across the board Impact of Open Data On track From combining datasets and citizen feedback to using GIS technology to efficiently plan projects to reducing transaction costs impact of open data is still being realized but we re off to an auspicious start Effectiveness of Open Data In progress From the United Nations to USAID from the NGO space to national governments and from researchers to laypeople open data is changing the planning execution evaluation and the vocabulary surrounding aid finances and development While more and more data is open the feedback loop that can translate citizen voice into practitioner and government action is not complete open data alone cannot close the feedback loop More work must be done to create an authorizing environment where citizens feel empowered to give feedback and where organizations welcome such feedback and are prepared and capable to act on it thus creating a virtuous cycle of participation and improvement DG is proud to be a founding member of Feedback Labs a consortium which aims to facilitate new norms on effective and closed feedback loops Sustainability of Open Data In progress Open data production systems and processes are constantly being streamlined and improved including DG s Aid Management Program

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/10/07/applying-me-to-the-open-data-movement/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Harnessing the data revolution | Development Gateway
    one official from the Ministry of Finance in Tanzania Layering spatial data on the locations of aid projects within a country with information on local socio economic indicators enables scholars planners and citizens to ask the questions that are most important to them such as Why is climate change funding allocated to Province X when Province Y is the more vulnerable one and Why are the largest donors supporting health clinics in the communities where health outcomes are already better Maps rarely provide simple answers to complex questions but they do often help governments donors and citizens to ask the right questions Maps also provide a departure point for deeper exploration and analysis Shedding light on donor and government activities in a particular region of a country opens up new opportunities for coordination across development actors for example from a donor supporting community health workers to a minister of health seeking to understand which communities are underserved by health professionals Citizens and communities can also use local more granular data on development investments and results to hold governments and funders to account Such data vailability combined with the spread of mobile technology could with the proper approaches and incentives allow citizens to provide direct feedback to improve policies and service delivery and help foster true citizen engagement Putting data to use But data is no panacea It s easy to get swept up in the hype around the liberation of donor and government information fueled by the open data movement but ensuring that these data are used by citizens policymakers and funders is easier said than done Several basic conditions need to be in place to ensure that data are actually put to good use First data at the project and activity level must be publicly accessible in a format that people can understand use and compare The majority of Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development OECD donors have begun publishing to the International Aid Transparency Initiative IATI registry which provides for a common reporting standard across agencies That said the pace and quality of the reporting remain a work in progress often preventing the data from being usable to greatest effect Second donors and governments must systematically tag projects and activities with geographic information and make these data public At AidData we work with governments around the world to generate geospatial data and convert it into insights In Nepal for instance the Ministry of Finance had implemented the Aid Management Platform in partnership with Development Gateway to track aid projects reported by over 40 donors but recognized that more granular information was needed to better target domestic and external resources In collaboration with USAID s Higher Education Solutions Network and Nepal Mission AidData and Ministry staff collected location information on over 21 000 project sites representing 6 billion in donor commitments The Ministry pledged to make and keep the data open to enable broad access by a host of users Madhu Kumar Marasini International Economic Cooperation and Coordination

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/10/02/harnessing-the-data-revolution/ (2016-02-15)
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