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  • Why International Development is like Fantasy Football | Development Gateway
    and enlisted 7 8 of my college friends to join my league As the commissioner I held unlimited power We had a blast I got crushed What I did notice through the course of the season was that it reminded me of what I do International Development and Technology in a weird way I recalled a blog post by Rakesh Rajani of Twaweza If development were soccer I am a big fan of team building that everyone has a role to play and the human chemistry needed in organizations to deliver results and be successful I always compare things to sports as my colleagues will attest with rolling eyes How FF is similar to development The waiver wire When building a team roster you can pick up and drop players at any time Whoever looks better on paper you add on your bench even if you never use them e g USAID contracting The commissioner Alludes to participatory rule setting but really makes the call the way he she wants Entirely driven by the personality of the commissioner e g In country partners donors Trades You can make deals with other teams for players You make those transparent but people have to know where to look e g Open Data and accessibility Make your own trophies You define results and outcomes yourself with or without consultation e g Everybody since no one can define what winning looks like assets post images football jpg What works Transparency All rule changes by teams and the commissioner are public Even if people don t catch a league or team change in real time it s documented Accountability Pressure from colleagues Anyone caught cheating stands a good chance of not getting asked back next year Game Time Adjustments Winners have fun get involved do

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/02/26/why-international-development-is-like-fantasy-football/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Development Gateway Extends AMP Support In Honduras | Development Gateway
    and to make aid information more transparent DG will build on the last year of work with Honduras to Support the Technical Secretariat for Planning and External Cooperation SEPLAN to launch the PGC publicly creating the first public portal of information on cooperation in Honduras Explore linkages between the PGC and the government s financial management systems Provide capacity building for government staff and donors on the Aid Management Platform

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/02/21/development-gateway-extends-amp-support-in-honduras/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Introducing the CCAPS Conflict Dashboard to Visualize Conflict Trends in Real Time | Development Gateway
    adaptation aid responses Development Gateway is proud to announce the launch of CCAPS Conflict Dashboard the latest in CCAPS map dashboard series which allow users to visualize datasets from many sources and CCAPS climate vulnerability model together on a map Development Gateway leveraging Esri technology created the three dashboards the CCAPS Dashboard Aid Dashboard and Conflict Dashboard The Conflict Dashboard combines the Social Conflict in Africa Dataset SCAD and the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset ACLED SCAD includes a wide range of events from riots protests and strikes through government violence against civilians between 1990 2011 while ACLED focuses more on traditional conflict events and tracks events monthly currently through January 31 2013 With the Conflict Dashboard dashboard users can see broad trends such as the most common types of conflict events the use of government repression or the proliferation of different types of actors over time through charts on the right hand side of the map At the same time users can overlay actual conflict events with geographic ethnic power relations national GDP levels or local population density levels All conflict data are filterable by time type of event actor name and many other criteria creating a highly

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/02/19/introducing-the-ccaps-conflict-dashboard-to-visualize-conflict-trends-in-real-time/ (2016-02-15)
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  • How Aid Management Fellowships Benefit Governments | Development Gateway
    outputs from the system Since Fellows have a background in aid data and analysis they are able to improve government use of the data including improving reports for internal planning and management as well as reports for use among donor partner groups sector working groups and the general public I am Taryn Davis and I had the great opportunity of being one of these Fellows in the Lao PDR I worked with the Ministry of Planning and Investment Aid Effectiveness Division on improving their annual foreign aid report by including the information collected in the AMP It was amazing to see what additional analysis was possible and the types of questions we were able to answer with the data that was now available For example the Director of the Aid Effectiveness Division wanted to know about projects that had run past their projected closed date We were able to locate these projects and analyze the length of time they were over running the planned close date the cumulative undisbursed balances and average disbursement rates and analyzed this information by sector How is this helpful Countries benefit from having intensive support from experts with data management experience that are then able to apply this specifically to the government s needs The Aid Management Fellow essentially becomes an expert for that country s AMP data working with government counterparts to maintain and improve data quality derive new insights from the data to inform policy making and conduct outreach efforts with donors and partners Fellows remain in country working with the government for three to nine months providing steady support for the program On top of the hard data driven skills that my experience helped solidify one of the great things I enjoyed was being able to work with our government counterparts on

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/02/07/how-aid-management-fellowships-benefit-governments/ (2016-02-15)
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  • More Bang for the Buck: How Migrants Can Save $4 Billion on Remittances | Development Gateway
    than total global aid At these volumes high prices for sending small amounts of money can have a big impact Sub Saharan Africa tops the most expensive regions of the world to send money to with an average cost of 12 4 in 2012 according to the latest data from Send Money Africa In 2012 remittances to Africa approached 60 billion Reducing prices down to 5 would yield a savings of 4 billion for African migrants and their families Remittances play a critical role in helping households address immediate needs and also invest in the future so bringing down remittance prices will have a significant impact on poverty says Gaiv Tata Director of the World Bank s Africa Region and Financial Inclusion and Infrastructure Global Practice Transparency in the remittance market is essential for reducing the price of sending money overseas Calculating the actual amount of money received by a family member back home can be convoluted involving factors such as fees exchange rate margin and commission to the receiver Sites like Send Money Africa enable users to evaluate which providers and services give the best value clarifying the bottom line for the sender and receiver Send Money Africa was

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/02/01/more-bang-for-the-buck-how-migrants-can-save-4-billion-on-remittances/ (2016-02-15)
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  • How Can We Make Open Data Meaningful to Citizens? | Development Gateway
    international development cooperation As a past employee of EWB Canada I was definitely proud to see Aleem Walji the Director of the World Bank Institute s Innovation Labs receive a positive reception from over 850 of my former colleagues during a conference keynote in which he mentioned both the World Bank Mapping for Results Initiative and the Open Aid Partnership initiatives where Development Gateway is playing a key role These initiatives represent key pieces of the international development sector s open data infrastructure with a wide range of potential stakeholders and have high innate value for improving aid effectiveness How Can Open Data Be Meaningful to Citizens A major takeaway from the discussion though in retrospect it should perhaps be obvious is that open data means different things to different people While in the West we tend to think of open data as big data comprehensive information published in a standard formats and accessible via APIs ultimately creating meaningful open data means finding ways to make important information accessible to the people who can best use it in formats that are easy to engage with Again and again during the discussion the participants from African governments stressed the importance of finding relatively low tech solutions for communicating open information to citizens with radio being a clear technology of choice assets post images malawi house jpg This perspective resonates very closely with my own experience in Southern Africa which included several extended stretches spent living in rural communities Something like the Kenya Open Data Portal impressive and useful though it is is unlikely to be immediately relevant for citizens in a rural village in Malawi even if they could access it easily But get on the radio and announce how many fertilizer subsidy coupons will be allocated to each village during

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/01/30/how-can-we-make-open-data-meaningful-to-citizens/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Data Visualization for Development Planning at European Development Days | Development Gateway
    the EDDs have also resulted in forward looking recommendations ahead of key international summits For instance two years after the adoption of the Accra Agenda for Action key actors assessed the progress made and challenges ahead which were also discussed at the High Level Forum in Busan in 2011 Spiros Voyadzis and Anna Lauridsen from Development Gateway International attended the 7th EDDs and presented a session on geocoding entitled Data Visualization for Development Planning focused on the Climate Change and African Political Stability Dashboards CCAPS which track conflict and environmental conditions across Africa plus all aid projects in Malawi The basis for this work is geocoding which is the process of tagging aid activity records with precise geographical information identifying the district town or even latitude and longitude where a project is active While geocoding of aid activities answers questions of who is doing what and where the dashboards demonstrate how combining open data and visualisation techniques can produce information on the performance and impact of projects This enables donors recipients and civil society organizations to more easily understand where aid activities are taking place to monitor implementation and to evaluate their effectiveness The session highlighted what the powerful combination

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/01/25/data-visualization-for-development-planning-at-european-development-days/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Development Gateway Extends Support In Nepal | Development Gateway
    Nepal s line ministries and the Nepalese media Over 600 completed or ongoing projects populate the dataset 450 of which record off budget donor projects which would not otherwise be reported to the government Nepalese officials produce several important resources with AMP data including an annual Development Cooperation Report which is shared with all Nepal government officials and foreign development partners Officials also produce an annual technical assistance report which is shared with parliamentarians to inform legislative planning Development Gateway is proud to announce that it will continue to engage with the Government of Nepal in partnership with the United Nations Development Program The extension is designed to accomplish two important tasks budget integration and government IT capacity building For the budget integration initiative AMP will be linked with the government s existing budget management system The two systems will communicate directly with one another giving government officials a streamlined and detailed view of their total resource picture Development Gateway will also work closely with government IT personnel to build capacity for running the AMP in house after Development Gateway support ends highlighting Development Gateway s core mission to build capacity for the long term Development Gateway is pleased to

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/01/22/development-gateway-extends-support-in-nepal/ (2016-02-15)
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