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  • The Supply and Demand of Open Data | Development Gateway
    that when calculating the demand we shouldn t focus completely on the economic outputs He points to data gov which highlights the differing companies that are using open government data but doesn t highlight the other social good that comes from open data The individual citizen should not be forgotten The World Bank Open Finances group did extensive research to determine how both the general public and the open data community are using open finance data and whether those who wanted data knew where to find it Their survey found that approximately 63 of users in Indonesia and Kenya who want public financial information do not know how to access it What was especially interesting about the research was the finding that almost 60 of the world s population still lives without regular internet access Piloted in two offline communities researchers found that offline users were rarely familiar with open financial data in both digital and offline forms but were quick to uptake and disperse financial information that was shared with them The question becomes how can we better disseminate information to all communities on and offline This research underscores one of the biggest challenges for anyone working in technology for development internet access Even places where internet is present it is often painfully slow causing inefficiency and tedium This struggle is outlined in a recent article about how Tonga was recently connected to high speed internet Some cities that are grappling with these problems cities both abroad and in the U S such as Chattanooga Tennessee are taking matters into their own hands Instead of waiting for companies to get around to upgrading their internet speed the city laid their own local fiber network to increase internet speed to Google Fiber level While these solutions can be difficult to

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/08/11/the-supply-and-demand-of-open-data/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Following the Money: Haiti Tracks Donor Commitments to Fulfill their Aid Pledges | Development Gateway
    7 billion of damage is no easy feat Nearly five years after the 2010 earthquake basic questions such as where has the money gone are still as relevant as ever Haiti s Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation is making sure that these questions are not going unanswered requiring all official development assistance to be reported via its Aid Management Platform MGAE as a central information system to track foreign aid flows in the country Beyond tracking average aid flows the Government of Haiti must also track pledges of financial support made at various conferences following the earthquake Most notably the Towards a New Future for Haiti International Donors Conference in March 2010 at the United Nations in New York accounted for over half the total pledges made to Haiti s reconstruction Pledges are only the first step in a long process to support Haiti s reconstruction and they may not always materialize Promises of future assistance must first turn into more formal commitments by aid providing institutions that are in a position to disburse financial assistance For this reason the Government of Haiti worked with AidData in the wake of the 2010 earthquake to build a new module within its Aid Management Platform that will make it possible to follow the money from pledges through to commitments and disbursements After committing financial assistance projects need to be planned beneficiaries and implementing agencies need to be found and monitoring and evaluation needs to be conducted to ensure that projects are achieving their intended goals These efforts should be coordinated between the government and international community to ensure projects are effective and have long lasting impact However for various reasons pledges can be delayed reduced or sometimes not given at all Thus keeping track to ensure these pledges materialize is critical

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/07/23/following-the-money-haiti-tracks-donor-commitments-to-fulfill-their-aid-pledges/ (2016-02-15)
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  • OpenGov Hub 2.0: Official Launch! | Development Gateway
    in October 2012 we were 10 organizations strong Today we re 28 orgs strong We re already learning from our neighbors and putting good ideas to work on the ground Case in point we launched an OpenGov Hub in Nepal a few weeks ago And with GlobalGiving moving in next door the hub s first collaboration Feedback Labs will be even closer together In addition to hearing from all hub tenants it was a great honor to hear from Jim Wolfensohn at the launch last night He s known to most as the former World Bank president but for us it s more personal he s our founder In 2000 he launched Development Gateway within the World Bank and since 2004 we ve been functioning as an independent non profit and now a social enterprise Peter Eigen founder of Transparency International also helped us celebrate He s been a maverick in the transparency and accountability spaces for years Both Jim and Peter paved the way for groups like us and the hubbers and we re eternally grateful for their passion their innovations and their guidance As Jim rightly joked we d all be unemployed without him and Peter Here at

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/06/10/opengov-hub-20-official-launch/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Blog | Development Gateway
    Continue reading We Can Leverage Data Today for Better M E Tomorrow September 10 2013 Wayan Vota A few days ago the Devex Impact blog featured M E 2 0 Using big data to kill white elephants by Tim Docking about how development monitoring and evaluation practices need to accelerate to keep pace with cutting edge methods for collecting analyzing and using data to do good He wrote Continue reading Announcing a New CCAPS Dashboard to Explore Climate Security Vulnerability in Africa September 04 2013 Wayan Vota The Strauss Center s Climate Change and African Political Stability CCAPS program today released the new CCAPS climate dashboard an online platform that displays data on physical socio economic demographic and political insecurities to assess how these factors contribute to climate security vulnerability in Africa Continue reading CCAPS Dashboards Win Special Achievements in GIS Award July 29 2013 Wayan Vota Development Gateway would like to congratulate our partner the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law for receiving the coveted Special Achievements in GIS SAG Award for its work mapping security risks related to climate change Continue reading DG Tech Series How IATI Exchange Simplifies Translation of Aid Data to XML July 03 2013 Wayan Vota Development Gateway is proud to announce the first implementation of the IATI Exchange software program to integrate Nepal s Aid Management Program AMP and Budget Management Information System BMIS The software has been designed for automated information transfer between the two systems using the IATI standard Continue reading Better Total Resource Management Using AMP Data in Nepal s Budget System July 02 2013 Wayan Vota Staff in Nepal s Ministry of Finance now has even more effective tools for budgeting and planning thanks to a new link between their Aid Management Platform and the national budget

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/blog/page15/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Chad Joins Development Gateway's Aid Management Family | Development Gateway
    and another of our 20 UNDP supported AMP programs We are looking forward to a productive partnership in the years to come Development Gateway conducted an initial needs assessment in Chad in fall 2013 during which we met with various stakeholders including government staff local technical professionals and several funding agencies including UNDP the World Bank AfDB the EU France and the US Embassy The assessment culminated with specific recommendations regarding how to implement the Aid Management Platform AMP with a specific focus on supporting increased participation of Chad s budget and finance staff with the AMP s functions so as to improve the overall aid management process Chad marks our second AMP country to commit to geocoding project locations and launching a public portal during year one Cote d Ivoire was the first We are thrilled that Chad is devoted to the open data movement and improving the quality of their data with the specific granularity geocoding provides Chad also hopes to welcome an Aid Management Fellow in the fall of 2014 to assist with an efficient and effective implementation of the system The three year program including implementation and related institutional strengthening activities is supported by UNDP in

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/05/27/chad-joins-development-gateways-aid-management-family/ (2016-02-15)
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  • MapAfrica: African Development Bank Looks to Institutionalize Geocoding | Development Gateway
    in the future Users of the MapAfrica platform will be able to filter projects by country sector and year For different perspectives on AfDB s project portfolio users can select individual country maps to view all projects within a country or they can choose one project point on a map in order to see all other related locations for the project throughout the country With these filtering options policymakers and citizens can gain a better understanding of the scope of a project s implementation and the distribution of resources for development by location The platform design also includes various data layers to enable users to look at socio economic and country specific indicators alongside activity implementation locations on the maps Realizing the full benefits of geocoding development finance data requires moving beyond a mapping exercise to thinking about the sustainability of these efforts over time AfDB is working towards this as it partners with AidData to identify the best approaches in order to systematically integrate geocoding into AfDB s internal processes For example AfDB will be incorporating geospatial fields in line with updated International Aid Transparency Initiative standards into its internal data entry reporting processes A geospatial widget to be developed with AidData will lower the burden of reporting on geospatial information alongside other project data AfDB s commitment to institutionalizing geocoding into its long term procedures marks a significant innovation consistent with the organization s results based approach Creating this geocoding infrastructure and making the data publicly available are two important steps towards closing the feedback loop because they allow any citizen to view and assess the perceived impact of aid activities This opens up an opportunity for a conversation between actors on the ground and the donors implementing and managing the projects and an opportunity for the AfDB

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/05/21/mapafrica-african-development-bank-looks-to-institutionalize-geocoding/ (2016-02-15)
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  • South-South Cooperation: A Honduran Case Study | Development Gateway
    Triangular and Regional SSC Bilateral SSC is when a south country aids another south country for example Costa Rica providing technical assistance to Honduras Triangular and Regional SSC are very similar Triangular SSC is when there are as you might guess three countries involved a country that funds the activity Donor 1 an implementation country Donor 2 to do the work and finally and a country where the work is done Beneficiary Donor 1 can be a traditional donor or another south country The only difference between Triangular SSC and Regional SSC is that in the latter the final beneficiary is a region Okay but what does this look like in practice Development Gateway DG together with the government of Honduras developed a South South Cooperation module as part of its Aid Management Platform AMP to accurately record this particular type of development finance transaction and take an important step forward in establishing a data standard AMP a web based development assistance information system developed by DG enables local government staff to gather access use and understand data on development assistance There are currently over 20 AMP implementations around the world and we will be extending the SSC module functionality to all other countries This module which is in its first phase allows users to enter project identification on South South activities tag national development programs to SSC projects tag locations to SSC and create SSC reports This module allows the government of Honduras to report to SEGIB on its SSC activities but one major thing is missing a data standard to collection data Many data standards for international aid transparency start at an aggregate level e g country X received 1 million dollars of funding from country Y in 2011 but the SSC data collection cannot be collected at

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/05/05/south-south-cooperation-a-honduran-case-study/ (2016-02-15)
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  • MapAfrica: AfDB Geocoding for Greater Accountability | Development Gateway
    who is working on what to address these gaps will help all parties make more informed and better coordinated choices For example overlaying planned interventions with open data from governments other donors researchers or NGOs on population poverty disease or other indicators will help to better target and also better measure results Geocoding also offers a powerful tool to close the feedback loop by allowing beneficiaries to share their views on the success of the operations The AfDB plans more civil society engagement in its efforts for more accountability to stakeholders and to gauge the effectiveness of their projects for example a beneficiary engagement project in which stakeholders will be able to provide feedback by clicking on a project location on the MapAfrica platform We hope to roll out this beneficiary feedback pilot in approximately one year and hope this learning experience will result in improved decisions and better project outcomes How is the geocoding being done AfDB worked with AidData to geocode its project locations according to the IATI 1 03 standard The geocoded data were created using AfDB s portfolio portal and project documents which were processed by AidData researchers using a methodology which includes strict quality control measures The location references were pulled from Geonames org a geographical database and were joined to administrative boundary files for each country allowing data users to have not only the point data but also the administrative regions which govern each point The data were then merged into the AfDB IATI feed for publication Currently AfDB and AidData are working together to integrate geocoding into the Bank s internal reporting systems ensuring that data can be sustainably geocoded and reported to IATI Feedback from partners has been positive but numerous challenges remain As with other organisations publishing a large amount of

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/02/11/mapafrica-afdb-geocoding-for-greater-accountability/ (2016-02-15)
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