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  • Development Gateway Extends Support in Ethiopia | Development Gateway
    MOFED has declared AMP the official government system for capturing and reporting on aid activities AMP Ethiopia contains 886 completed or ongoing development assistance projects carried out between 1998 and 2012 totaling nearly 30 billion in aid flows financed by 46 donor agencies MOFED staff can locate information and produce reports in a significantly shorter amount of time with this information at their fingertips Development Gateway is pleased to announce that we will be extending the implementation of the Aid Management Program with the government of Ethiopia We will leverage our experience working on aid management in over 20 different countries around the world to support the government s commitment to aid effectiveness Our new activities will include Upgrading their underlying software platform to AMP 2 0 and assessing their needs for new results monitoring functionality Training government staff and donors Strengthen monitoring practices for Paris Indicators Provide for government staff participation in the 2012 AMP Best Practices Workshop MOFED also plans to enhance AMP s geospatial functionalities allow AMP users to enter and track data on basket funds and integrate AMP with the government s system for managing budget and financial information known as the Integrated Financial Management Information

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/12/12/development-gateway-extends-support-in-ethiopia/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Unleashing Open Contracting Benefits via Open Standards | Development Gateway
    not only developing countries are affected by this For example there are some 3000 disparate procurement websites that belong to U S local governments The EU has been struggling to integrate national and regional procurement system of the member states for years while some promising standards have been introduced by the Pan European Public Procurement Online PEPPOL initiative they are yet to become a mainstream reality While wealthy nations experience difficulties with making procurement more harmonized and open the problems that many developing countries face are more entrenched as legal and IT issues are often exacerbated by lack of capacity to solve them as well as by rampant corruption that impedes the will to implement the necessary changes Protectionism in government procurement is another widespread issue that can be partially alleviated by adopting common procurement transparency standards and frameworks Today even countries that have signed the WTO Government Procurement Agreement are not in a rush to open their government contracts to foreigners as modern procurement wars indicate there s a recent EU vs the world example The protectionism is widespread and works against exporters from all countries effectively restricting foreign market access in a number of industries The Promise of Open Standards The recent Open Contracting initiative launched by the World Bank Institute and the German government focuses on developing global principles for government contracting and setting minimum disclosure standards for contracts While not covering all steps of public procurement such standards can bring about significant transparency gains in the post tendering stages The donor community already very active in the e procurement area can be instrumental in developing such standard and in promoting their use in developing countries as in many countries donors finance significant shares of government contracts The World Bank s recent decision to release more details

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/12/06/unleashing-open-contracting-benefits-via-open-standards/ (2016-02-15)
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  • 4 Ways to Bring Sexy Back to the US Government's Open Data Strategy | Development Gateway
    metadata for sub national data on aid activities Notably absent in the 119 data fields prescribed by the OMB is any sub national information on data At the moment geocoding represents an optional section in the International Aid Transparency Initiative IATI Activity Standard but this should not prevent the USG from allowing agencies with this information to provide it in an open standardized format For example USAID has very nice district level data on many of its activities In the current OMB data standard there is no place for this data to be shared 2 Adopt a more granular sector purpose classification schema The sector classification established in the OMB guidance provides 44 sectors This schema is limited For example there is no way to differentiate between a project designed to provide clean drinking water to a village and one designed to remove toxic waste or to provide training to water sector professionals each would be rolled into Water Supply and Sanitation Using a more granular sector schema like the OECD DAC s purpose codes or AidData s activity codes would provide users with a clearer picture of USG assistance 3 Let innovators innovate While the first two points are a bit technocratic this is perhaps the most important point Almost by definition having 22 aid giving agencies means that there will be leaders and laggards in innovation efficiency data quality and just about everything else In particular the USG needs to be careful not to stifle first movers like the USAID Geospatial Center or the MCC s Department of Policy and Evaluation By funneling all USG Foreign Assistance data into one place and format and adding significant reporting pressures on each agency opportunities for single agency reporting on geocoding outputs and results or other new frontiers may be limited

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/12/05/4-ways-to-bring-sexy-back-to-the-us-governments-open-data-strategy/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Development Gateway Extends Support in Haiti | Development Gateway
    will include Geocoding the activities of several donors in Haiti USAID World Bank IADB Canada EU etc enabling an analysis of where aid is flowing within Haiti alongside needs in each sector Training government staff and donors on the Aid Management Platform Government staff participation in the 2012 AMP Best Practices Workshop Since 2009 Development Gateway and the Government of Haiti have collaborated on the Aid Management Program known locally

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/11/21/development-gateway-extends-support-in-haiti/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Please Welcome New Development Gateway Staff | Development Gateway
    Impact He is the co founder director of a Haiti based NGO and a former AidData research assistant Dustin will also support DG s data mapping and visualization work Holly Bodner Holly is a CPA with a focus on non profit accounting and will manage the financial activities of DG She was previously a Senior Accounting and Audit Accountant for Wall Einhorn Chernitzer P C and Holly holds a Bachelor s Degree in Accounting from Old Dominion University Owen Scott Owen comes to DG with 3 years of recent field experience in sub Saharan Africa working on aid effectiveness with Engineers Without Borders Canada Owen has on the ground expertise in M E planning and aid coordination combined with a solid technical background in engineering and GIS He looks forward to using his skills to contribute to Development Gateway s mission Taryn Davis Taryn is joining the DG team full time after first supporting the communications department and then being an Aid Management Fellow in Laos She will be bringing this experience to further support countries with AMP Previously she was the service to armed forces coordinator for the Red Cross and was an AidData research assistant Wayan Vota Wayan

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/11/15/please-welcome-new-development-gateway-staff/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Announcing the $25 Million AidData Center for Development Policy | Development Gateway
    generosity of the American people is matched by results that improve lives all over the world said Jean Louis Sarbib CEO of Development Gateway and former senior vice president at the World Bank The new AidData Center for Development Policy will be headquartered at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg Virginia and support an innovation lab at OpenGov Hub Development Gateway s headquarters in Washington DC Brad Parks AidData s Co Executive Director at William Mary believes that the creation of the AidData Center for Development Policy will fundamentally change the way that foreign assistance is targeted monitored and evaluated The Center will build a global network of geographers economists political scientists computer scientists and statisticians who are committed to helping USAID and other development agencies reduce the cost and increase the impact of their aid programs Parks said Stephen Davenport AidData s Co Executive Director from Development Gateway says The AidData Center for Development Policy will have an impact well beyond traditional donor boundaries The data visual analytics and research produced by the The AidData Center for Development Policy will level the playing field among donors recipient governments and citizens by providing access to actionable aid information The AidData Center for Development Policy is part of USAID s Higher Education Solutions Network HESN a new groundbreaking partnership with seven top American and foreign universities designed to develop innovative solutions to global development challenges The Higher Education Solutions Network is the latest step in USAID s efforts to harness the best ideas from the academic and scientific community and young people worldwide to foster transformational progress in development explained USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah By collaborating with top universities around the world we hope to tap today s brightest minds and focus ingenuity on global development challenges About AidData

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/11/09/announcing-the-25-million-aiddata-center-for-development-policy/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Blog | Development Gateway
    Lens May 15 2012 Andrea Calabrese The China Development Gateway and China Internet Information Center launched a photo contest called Lending Spotlight Poverty Relief Through a Lens on May 15 Entries will be accepted until Sept 20 with an awards ceremony in Nov 2012 The contest focuses on global development and aims to share China s experience in poverty reduction with other countries and build international support to combat poverty Continue reading Foundation Center and Development Gateway Announce Strategic Partnership April 23 2012 Andrea Calabrese PRESS RELEASE Continue reading Development Gateway Receives Grant from the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs March 21 2012 Andrea Calabrese Development Gateway has received a grant from the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs MAEE for EUR 600 000 to be used for a series of research and innovation activities over a three year period M Jean Baptiste Mattei Director General for Globalization Partnerships and Development and Jean Louis Sarbib CEO of Development Gateway signed the agreement on March 15 at a ceremony in Paris After signing the agreement the parties discussed the activities to be funded under the grant in 2012 which will include work on data visualization and analytics and other areas Continue reading Geocoding can help governments and development partners improve division of labor March 08 2012 Andrea Calabrese Mapping aid activities is a powerful way to show what donors are doing and where which could be a big help in division of labor discussions Continue reading Mapping Tool Analyzes How Climate Change Conflict and Aid Intersect March 05 2012 Andrea Calabrese PRESS RELEASE Continue reading Honduras is First AMP Country in Central America February 20 2012 Andrea Calabrese Honduras recently became the first country in Central America and the second middle income country to use the Aid Management

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/blog/page21/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Announcing the OpenGov Hub | Development Gateway
    organizations the larger tenants will be Development Gateway and Global Integrity There will also be desk space for a half dozen smaller organizations and expressions of interest are welcome from any group pursuing broadly related activities A modest number of hot desks will also be available for affiliated individuals who need short term office space while visiting Washington Currently Development Gateway and Global Integrity are at work transforming DG s existing office space into an open environment tearing down doors and walls so that individuals from different organizations can brainstorm share experiences and work alongside each other toward a more transparent efficient accountable and participatory public sector Global Integrity is an innovation lab that produces high quality research and creates cutting edge technology to advance the work of a global network of civic public and private reformers pursuing increased transparency and accountability in governments In addition to its core team Global Integrity collaborates with a global network of more than 1 300 in country contributors and partners who take technologies tools and information to where they are most useful the local level Today FrontlineSMS announced that it will also move into the hub this fall FrontlineSMS is one of the

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/07/17/announcing-the-opengov-hub/ (2016-02-15)
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