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  • Another Hub? Why the OpenGov Hub is Different | Development Gateway
    catalyze at the OpenGov Hub Second the OpenGov Hub is not an incubator While we do have a few small start ups in our community the majority of tenants are established groups many of them leaders in their respective fields While time will ultimately tell it s arguable that the disruptive effects in the positive sense of collocating already established and successful organizations together is potentially more powerful than incubating the next great start up We are not nor do we want to be a Y Combinator for the open government community of practice Third the OpenGov Hub is already financially self sustaining Every tenant pays their fair share and there is no subsidy from a foundation or kind hearted landlord to keep the space open This might seem trivial but it s not Consider the recent fate of both GeekEasy and a recently shuttered civics hub anchored by the Points of Light Institute both in Washington DC Both spaces closed their doors this year because the math simply didn t work the anchor institutions were subsidizing the rent for everyone else which doesn t wash in the long run As we state on our new website the OpenGov Hub aspires to be the day to day home to a range of people and organizations working on the open government agenda while also serving as a community gathering point for open government learning and networking activities in the Washington area One of the challenges going forward will be to nurture this collaborative ecosystem to make real things happen We d like it to be a place where the political the technical and the practical meet Others like Erik Hersman founder of the iHub in Kenya agree The real power of places like the OpenGov Hub is the serendipity that comes

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/10/31/another-hub-why-the-opengov-hub-is-different/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Please Welcome Moldova to the Aid Management Program Community | Development Gateway
    AMP will assist the government of Moldova in their efforts to Ensure a smooth transition from its current system to AMP Promote transparency through a publicly accessible web based portal on international assistance to Moldova Explore a linkage between AMP and the government s public financial management information systems so that aid information can inform national budget planning and execution Facilitate the transfer of information from donors to government by

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/11/06/please-welcome-moldova-to-the-aid-management-program-community/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Nepal AMP is a “Very Effective Tool for Government Aid Planning” According to UNDP | Development Gateway
    of aid information at the country level Through a combination of process analysis training and technical assistance Development Gateway worked with Nepalese government partners to create a customized package of support for better aid information management Recently UNDP commissioned a review of the DCEAMC to assess the project s performance and effectiveness in achieving the intended results The assessment revealed that the effort was very successful in establishing an Aid Management Platform AMP within FACD that is a very effective tool for the collection and dissemination of information related to foreign aid flows used by most development partners which is being institutionalised within the Ministry of Finance as part of Government budgetary and planning processes Key results include The review team found that the DCEAMC project has been very successful in meeting its objective to create a user friendly functional and transparent Aid Management Platform AMP that has been customized for Nepal It is used by most Development Partners DPs including non traditional DPs and the FACD has developed the skills and competencies to continue implementing the AMP in the future It has filled significant gaps in Government knowledge about trends in aid allocation by DPs the amount of aid

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/10/18/nepal-amp-is-a-very-effective-tool-for-government-aid-planning-according-to-undp/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Interactive Dashboard Shows Aid Trends in Africa | Development Gateway
    information the dashboard features the first ever dataset tracking all climate aid activities in a single country In a pilot study CCAPS researchers applied their new climate coding methodology to all official development aid projects in Malawi s Aid Management Platform assessing each project activity for its relevance to climate change adaptation The new dataset opens the door for detailed comparative analysis of climate change adaptation programs and their effectiveness in targeting specific climate risks within a country Through a collaboration between CCAPS AidData and the Government of Malawi the data were also geocoded allowing analysts to assess the aid allocation visually as well In addition the aid dashboard includes African Development Bank projects continent wide geocoded by AidData and World Bank projects continent wide geocoded through the World Bank AidData Mapping for Results initiative The CCAPS aid dashboard allows analysts to explore aid spending as big picture trends or local project information said CCAPS program manager Ashley Moran Our aim is to provide these new data in a way that is as useful as possible to policymakers and researchers needing to ask very focused questions about aid investments and impacts CCAPS researchers climate coded over 700 projects in Malawi

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/08/16/interactive-dashboard-shows-aid-trends-in-africa/ (2016-02-15)
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  • International Open Government Data Conference 2012 | Development Gateway
    you couldn t attend the conference in person check out the video archive below from http live worldbank org international open government data conference 2012 liveblog webcast Steve Davenport Development Gateway s Senior Director for Business Development Innovation and Partnerships participated in a panel discussion on Engagement around Open Data which you will find under Preston July 11 Policy Track Fellow panelists included Nathaniel Heller of Global Integrity Development Gateway

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/07/26/international-open-government-data-conference-2012/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Join us at the Esri International User Conference | Development Gateway
    from the frequently asked questions or check out the full agenda If you are attending please join us and our partners from the Robert S Strauss Center s Climate Change and African Political Stability CCAPS program Visit Our Booth Environment Showcase Hall B1 Table V2741 Development Gateway and its partners from the Robert S Strauss Center s Climate Change and African Political Stability CCAPS program of the University of Texas Austin are exhibiting in the Environment Showcase Stop by to hear more about our joint work to map aid around the world and combine these data with information on cross cutting issues like climate change and conflict Panel Geo Enabling International Development Tuesday July 24 3 15 4 30 pm Room 27 A International Development is an enormously complex and global business that is affected by economic financial social environmental and other global issues such as climate change At its center geography is the link that allows for the synthesis of all of these data into useful actionable information Panelists include Ashley Moran Director of the CCAPS program who will discuss practical experiences with integrating different datasets in ArcGIS Ms Moran will focus on how to use geodata for analysis

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/07/19/join-us-at-the-esri-international-user-conference/ (2016-02-15)
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  • One Laptop Per Child Highlighted on Zunia | Development Gateway
    commentary and updates on the One Laptop Per Child OLPC initiative Christoph discusses how the project s success should be evaluated and lessons it suggests for ICT for Development ICT4D and ICT for Education ICT4E projects more broadly OLPC aims to empower the world s poorest children through education and more specifically sets out the ambitious target of providing every child in developing countries with a rugged low cost low power eco friendly laptop loaded with books and educational materials It began deploying its XO laptops around the world in 2007 and has distributed over 2 million across 42 countries thus far Zunia regularly interviews experts on a wide range of development topics Past interviewees have included Michael Clemens a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development Nick Nuttall spokesperson for the United Nations Environment Programme and Shenggen Fann Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute IFPRI The OLPC initiative was also featured earlier this year in an interview with Satish Jha founder and chairman of OLPC India Foundation Zunia provides development practitioners with the latest articles and publications on key development issues and allows members to sign up for email alerts by topic area and share

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/07/11/one-laptop-per-child-highlighted-on-zunia/ (2016-02-15)
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  • New Geocoded Data Sheds Light on Social Conflict | Development Gateway
    and other social disturbances in Africa Users can map SCAD on the CCAPS mapping tool search events in the online SCAD database and download the full dataset on the CCAPS website SCAD provides a unique window into patterns of social unrest and political conflict in Africa said SCAD co director Dr Cullen Hendrix Assistant Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary Moreover this new geocoded version provides the tools to map social conflict in time and space facilitating cutting edge analysis by researchers in both the academy and the policy community Whereas conflict data is generally available for large scale events such as civil and international war SCAD compiles information on other types of social and political disorder By tracking forms of conflict not covered in traditional datasets on civil and interstate war SCAD gives policymakers and researchers new tools to analyze conflict patterns Since its release in 2011 SCAD has been used by hundreds of scholars NGOs and government agencies around the world said SCAD co director Dr Idean Salehyan Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas It is helping a wide variety of analysts develop a clear picture of conflict patterns

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/07/10/new-geocoded-data-sheds-light-on-social-conflict/ (2016-02-15)
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