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  • AidData 3.0: Making Development Finance More Intuitive | Development Gateway
    trillion in remittances foreign direct investment and aid from 90 donor agencies Private foundation grants and domestic public expenditure from developing countries will also be added in the coming months A perennial challenge for policymakers practitioners and civil society groups is joining up large disparate datasets in order to identify patterns and trends AidData Co Executive Director Brad Parks said AidData 3 0 makes it easier for users to collate visualize and analyze the aid and development datasets that are most relevant to them We now have the data and the tools needed to support a policy discussion about the relationships between different development finance flows and real world outcomes such as whether donors and governments are making it easier for citizens to access local health clinics that provide life saving medicines AidData Co Executive Director Nancy McGuire Choi said With the new data portal AidData will provide enhanced visualization tools to make the analysis of data on incoming financial flows and development outcomes far more intuitive The site now allows users to run search queries for specific aid projects or donors and generates visual dashboards instead of large data tables from these search results A new state of the art GIS interface allows users to upload their own data as well as create save and share maps AidData 3 0 makes it much easier for users to import their own datasets and generate powerful visualizations with multiple subnational data layers Parks said We look forward to seeing how users will leverage the new capabilities of the platform AidData anticipates that the new data and tools available through AidData 3 0 will enable researchers policymakers practitioners and citizens to uncover new insights about the distribution and impact of development finance The ability to export data using the International Aid Transparency

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/10/29/aiddata-30-making-development-finance-more-intuitive/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Please Join Us for the AidData 3.0 Launch Event | Development Gateway
    is about to become more intuitive than ever before Please join us for the AidData 3 0 Launch to explore the new release of AidData s development data portal and learn about the new insights that researchers policymakers and practitioners can gain from using AidData 3 0 to inform analysis advocacy and decision making Opening remarks by Homi Kharas Brookings Institution Alex Dehgan USAID Followed by Lightning Talks and Live

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/10/22/please-join-us-for-the-aiddata-30-launch-event/ (2016-02-15)
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  • We Can Leverage Data Today for Better M&E Tomorrow | Development Gateway
    application of analytics to massive amounts of unstructured digital information are all trends that open up new frontiers for the analysis and use of development data At Development Gateway we couldn t agree more Nearly all development stakeholders generally feel that we need to get more information keep it organized and use it better to make decisions But we further posit that these big data goals are achievable today There are concrete steps that donors governments and NGOs can take right now to make development data matter more In fact a lot of relevant data already exist in most developing countries However it is often spread out siloed and generally hard to access Today s most pressing problem is getting all of the existing data to the right place where the right people can actually use it In any given country most donors and NGOs have some kind of internal M E tracking system Most development projects have a set of indicators with at least some follow up data Demographic information from multiple official and non official surveys is stored in various databases And countless evaluation reports spanning every development sector sit on hard drives and bookshelves If development policymakers both in donor agencies and in government ministries can capture and use even a cross section of these rich data sources the possibilities for better decision making are immense At Development Gateway we re working hard to build these kinds of game changing M E country systems These systems are much more than another database tool they are a comprehensive strategy for changing government approaches to M E A good system should Collect store share monitoring data and evaluation information Aggregate compare similar data from different sources Provide tools to easily view analyze and report on data Build capacity to

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/09/10/we-can-leverage-data-today-for-better-me-tomorrow/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Announcing a New CCAPS Dashboard to Explore Climate Security Vulnerability in Africa | Development Gateway
    in a new hands on way said CCAPS senior program manager Ashley Moran Leveraging the rigorous modeling of CCAPS researchers the dashboard allows people to use the model to explore insecurities in Africa and to test their own beliefs about what drives vulnerability to climate change in Africa The dashboard shows how the four sources of vulnerability used in the CCAPS model physical exposure to climate related hazards population density household and community resilience and governance and political violence contribute to local areas overall vulnerability to climate security concerns While the CCAPS model weights each source of vulnerability equally the interactive features of the dashboard allow users to explore how changing these weights impact the overall understanding of vulnerability In addition to reweighting the CCAPS climate security model users can see how the model is built learn more about how the model has been tested and download maps produced by the CCAPS model The CCAPS model offers a nuanced way to assess the security vulnerabilities associated with climate change in Africa and the potential intervention points to build resilience said LBJ School associate professor Joshua Busby whose team developed the CCAPS climate security vulnerability model We are excited about this

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/09/04/announcing-a-new-ccaps-dashboard-to-explore-climate-security-vulnerability-in-africa/ (2016-02-15)
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  • CCAPS Dashboards Win Special Achievements in GIS Award | Development Gateway
    Esri staff then reviewed and selected by Esri s president Jack Dangermond The SAG Awards identify the organizations and people that are using the power of geography to improve our world and drive change said Esri President Jack Dangermond At Esri we are always deeply inspired by the passion and innovation of our users They deserve recognition for both solving their communities greatest challenges and for their invaluable contributions to the continued evolution of geographic science CCAPS Senior Program Manager Ashley Moran underscored the integrating role that mapping plays Efforts to understand the security implications of climate change clearly require analysis from many different fields said Moran By combining a range of scientific security governance and development data the mapping tool aims to leverage the many disciplines and big data needed to investigate these complex security questions CCAPS partnered with Development Gateway to create its integrated mapping platform last year to analyze how climate conflict and aid intersect CCAPS and Development Gateway have since produced data dashboards for each thematic area under study on the program These dashboards visualize the impressive collection of data created by CCAPS and its partners in an intuitive accessible platform said Jean Louis Sarbib CEO of Development Gateway Using these tools policymakers and researchers can analyze trends and see relationships between factors which are too often viewed only in isolation Esri technologies are key to such impressive integration and help to translate big data into clear insights and deep understanding As a collaborative effort the mapping tool has brought together data from many organizations previously housed in disparate locations to provide the most complete picture yet of climate security and development in Africa In August 2012 CCAPS launched the aid dashboard which includes datasets from CCAPS the African Development Bank and the World Bank all

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/07/29/ccaps-dashboards-win-special-achievements-in-gis-award/ (2016-02-15)
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  • DG Tech Series: How IATI Exchange Simplifies Translation of Aid Data to XML | Development Gateway
    by any organization seeking to publish data in the IATI standard IATI Exchange simplifies the translation of aid data from a jdbc compliant database MySQL MS SQL Oracle Postgres MS Access to IATI compliant XML A simple interface allows an organization s system administrator to configure IATI Exchange for their needs The actual translation process can be done manually from a user interface or automatically by using REST style web

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/07/03/dg-tech-series-how-iati-exchange-simplifies-translation-of-aid-data-to-xml/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Better Total Resource Management Using AMP Data in Nepal's Budget System | Development Gateway
    such a link All three systems carry out complementary roles in the management of public funds and are fundamental for promoting accountability in their use The assessment found that accurate information on Development Partner projections was missing in the annual budget preparation process The Development Partners also had no clear picture on how the funds they contributed to Nepal s annual budget were spent Since foreign assistance accounts for over a quarter of Nepal s national budget this information is critical for the budgeting process In April 2013 DG launched an automated information transfer between the AMP based in the International Economic Cooperation and Coordination Division and the Budget Management Information System based in the Budget Division using the IATI Exchange software program This pioneering system integration makes all of AMP s data on planned development partner disbursements and actual disbursements directly available for the BMIS Previously budget staff had to solicit this information piecemeal from other areas of the Ministry resulting in inaccurate budget estimates around foreign assistance Now budget staff can access foreign assistance data in their desktop information system resulting in faster more accurate budgeting and better allocations of Nepal s own national resources The next phases

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/07/02/better-total-resource-management-using-amp-data-in-nepals-budget-system/ (2016-02-15)
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  • AfDB Now Publishes Project-Level and Geocoded Data to IATI | Development Gateway
    of its ongoing activities developed in partnership with AidData Development Gateway is proud to have collaborated with AfDB to reach this important milestone This publication is particularly noteworthy given that AfDB is the first multilateral development bank and second donor after the UNOPS to publish geocoding on all of its ongoing activities in IATI format In taking this decisive action AfDB an endorser of the Open Aid Partnership has demonstrated a clear commitment to full transparency that has established it as a leader within the donor community AfDB s Quality Assurance and Results Department ORQR collaborated with AidData through Development Gateway to bring to light valuable geospatial information previously buried in lengthy project documents The fruit of this two year collaboration to progressively open up the Bank s geographic data is a publicly accessible geocoded dataset that encompasses project activities in over 5 300 sub national locations across 51 countries across Africa In the future this dataset will be made available through interactive maps on aiddata org and the AfDB website Most importantly AfDB is committed to keeping its geocoded data current and is currently defining a sustainability plan that will incorporate geocoding tools into its existing reporting systems requiring

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/07/02/afdb-now-publishes-project-level-and-geocoded-data-to-iati/ (2016-02-15)
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