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  • Governments Share Successes and Lessons Learned at the Third Annual Aid Management Program Knowledge Sharing Workshop | Development Gateway
    Texas and the College of William and Mary attended the conference to discuss their challenges in managing aid information and their experiences using AMP In informal discussions throughout the conference delegates described how AMP had improved their technical capacity for gathering validating and reporting aid information Many countries had in the past relied on Microsoft Excel to record aid information Mr Mande Romalahy a statistician and economist responsible to the secretary for the Prime Minister of Madagascar noted that prior to installing AMP his country hadn t produced a report on foreign aid in 10 years due to the exorbitant amount of time and resources required to aggregate data from all the actors involved in foreign aid activities But after installing AMP Mr Romalahy said in an interview with DG staff aid information had already been centralized as all donors and ministerial departments had regularly sent us their data We could produce reports in as little as one click For a perspective on AMP from one of the workshop participants Stan Nkhata of Malawi watch an interview here Delegates from the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo which implemented AMP in 2008 also presented a video they produced of their experience with AMP in French with English subtitles Simply implementing AMP however is not a magic bullet for aid information management Amadou Diallo representing Burkina Faso s Ministry of Economy and Finance detailed the difficulties of gaining donor approval of reports on aid information produced by his government Even after installing AMP there can be disputes regarding data accuracy Typically his agency spends about six months gathering aid information and two months carefully verifying this information to ensure that the corresponding reports are endorsed by donors Delegates to the conference seemed to appreciate having the opportunity to discuss such

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2011/01/31/governments-share-successes-and-lessons-learned-at-the-third-annual-amp-workshop/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Aid information management in the Democratic Republic of the Congo | Development Gateway
    DRC annual public development aid amounts to nearly 2 billion accounting for the majority of the state s budget In order to enable effective aid management and informed policy decisions the DRC decided to implement AMP in 2008 In the video DRC government officials and consultants describe how they have used and benefitted from AMP in constructing national budgets analyzing national appropriations by sector and province developing strategic provincial development plans researching aid effectiveness and more Because AMP can be accessed online all relevant DRC ministries and offices have been able to take advantage of the platform s database and data management tools Mr Roger Shilungu an adjunct coordinator at the DRC Ministry of Finance explained that AMP helped to produce budget monitoring reports ensuring that actual aid expenditures match those recorded in the state budget AMP has also contributed to aid monitoring and national policy decisions On several occasions the platform has revealed discrepancies in the state s allocation of foreign aid by sector and province AMP showed us said Kurt Petit of the Dutch Embassy in the DRC that we often concentrate too much on certain provinces and certain themes and we forget other themes Mme Véronique Ilunga

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2011/01/30/aid-information-management-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Making aid information transparent in Kosovo | Development Gateway
    to find out what other donors were doing in a given sector or region Information was largely unavailable to the general public AMP now serves as a one stop shop on aid information for all these stakeholders so for all involved the public launch was an exciting event To support the launch and to continue other activities that are part of the broader capacity building program around aid management a four member Development Gateway team spent a week in Kosovo in October Since projects are entered directly into AMP by donor agencies we held a data validation workshop together with the government to help donors ensure that their data are accurate timely and complete as well as refresher donor data entry sessions and government administrative training sessions We worked closely with the MEI on production of their first official aid report using AMP which was an important milestone Official aid reports are key AMP outputs that demonstrate the value of building sound information management processes it takes some time but ultimately the success of a system implementation like this depends on institutional commitment and a sustainable methodology for maintaining and updating data In the coming months MEI will also publish

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2010/11/19/making-aid-information-transparent-in-kosovo/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Government of Kosovo and European Commission Launch Aid Management Platform to Support Transparency and Donor Coordination | Development Gateway
    donor coordination As a result the government its partners and the public are now able to access information including maps and data dashboards on aid flows to Kosovo online This makes it easier for donors to coordinate their activities and identify funding gaps and for the public to track where aid is going The AMP program implemented by Development Gateway International not only aims to create a platform for donors the government and the general public to access information on donor funded activities in Kosovo It also aims to strengthen government capacity to manage and report on these activities AMP tracks aid flows to Kosovo along with project details starting with 2009 activities To date AMP captures 1 4 billion in commitments from over 20 donor agencies and links activities to specific sectors to the Government s fiscal framework and to the European Partnership Action Plan AMP is managed by the Ministry for European Integration MEI with data provided by donors on a quarterly or real time basis The purpose of AMP is to serve as a one stop shop for information on donor funded activities making it easier to identify where aid is flowing thereby reducing transaction costs for data gathering reporting and coordination The coming two years will further deepen the gains AMP has already made in building government capacity to analyze trends and make informed decisions about resource allocation and improve coordination with and among donors AMP is currently active in over 15 countries across Europe Africa and Asia where it is used by governments to manage aid flows create official reports and improve donor coordination and transparency The AMP in Kosovo represents the first publicly accessible Aid Management Platform The two year program of AMP implementation and related institutional strengthening activities in Kosovo is supported by

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2010/10/26/government-of-kosovo-and-european-commission-launch-aid-management-platform/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Improving Aid Transparency Through Geocoding: AidData Maps Development Activities | Development Gateway
    Yet sometimes even basic information such as the location of an aid project is difficult to find Information on project locations is critical for determining whether aid is reaching areas of greatest need as well as for avoiding duplication of effort within a country Geocoding or recording the location of aid projects at the sub national level enables visual tracking of where the money is flowing and what kind of aid each area is receiving AidData in collaboration with Uppsala University has developed a comprehensive way to geocode aid projects AidData is a collaboration between Brigham Young University the College of William and Mary and Development Gateway By defining multiple levels of geographical precision AidData is able to accurately identify the locations of all types of development projects Using our rigorous yet flexible methodology teams of trained researchers work with donor and government agencies to determine the precise location of development activities Mapping this information then enables a better understanding of the allocation of aid within a country highlighting any potential financing gaps displaying inequities of aid distribution and ensuring that aid money flows to those who need it most Recent work includes the Mapping for Results partnership with the

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2010/10/01/improving-aid-transparency-through-geocoding-aiddata-maps-development-activities/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Strengthening Aid Management in Lao PDR | Development Gateway
    this program is still in its first year the mission focused on finalizing the technical implementation of AMP providing user training and initiating system and data management processes The team observed that government and donor counterparts have a good understanding of the steps required for success and ownership of the process DG s experiences have taught us to adopt a collaborative approach in designing and implementing processes for aid management and to ensure they build on existing ones rather than seeking to replace them Regular introductory and refresher user training for key staff has proven critical as has the identification of advanced users who can play a role in supporting others in the future During this mission the team conducted group training for desk officers and one on one training for senior government officers Connectivity between government offices and the AMP server has been an issue over the past few months because the government data center was being moved into a new building During this time DG hosted the system off site to maintain access for users This issue was resolved during the mission by re establishing a stable hosting arrangement and fiber optic connection to the Ministry Development partners

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2010/09/19/strengthening-aid-management-in-lao-pdr/ (2016-02-15)
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  • DG Contributes to UN Online Tool to Monitor Funds for Haiti | Development Gateway
    track damage reports and donor funding as well as pledges to Haiti We see this tool as an important and critical component of Haiti s reconstruction process said UN Resident Coordinator Nigel Fisher on the UN News Centre In a speech on March 25th former U S President Bill Clinton also lauded the partnership saying soon it will provide the information on how much money has been committed by public

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2010/07/06/dg-contributes-to-un-online-tool-to-monitor-funds-for-haiti/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Blog | Development Gateway
    AUS 7 5 million to the Development Gateway Foundation in support of its mission to reduce poverty through information technology Australia was a founding contributor of the foundation and ranks as its largest donor This is its third round of financial support and represents a substantial increase in its funding of the foundation over the next three years Continue reading Helping People Help Themselves February 19 2008 Andrea Calabrese Thanks to Development Gateway Senegal and other organizations Fallou Diagne is better able to meet his business needs Continue reading E government Project Focuses on Land December 19 2007 Andrea Calabrese Cremilide Mambo director of land management of Gaza Province center with Elias Dique right project manager of the land management information system and a technician Continue reading China Development Gateway Launches China Poverty Relief Forum on dgCommunities December 14 2007 Andrea Calabrese The China Development Gateway CnDG located in Beijing has launched the first stage of the China Poverty Relief Forum in partnership with the Development Gateway Foundation The new all Chinese dgCommunity announced in December at the GK3 Conference in Malaysia will provide a unique venue for knowledge sharing and collaboration among development practitioners working in the Chinese language Continue reading Accessible Information on Development Activities AiDA database expanded to include activities funded by non traditional donors December 05 2007 Andrea Calabrese Accessible Information on Development Activities AiDA the largest online directory of information about international development activities has broadened its database for the first time to include projects funded by a non traditional donor organization Continue reading Japan Commits 1 Million for ICT Solutions for Developing Countries November 13 2007 Andrea Calabrese The Japanese government will contribute 1 million to support the Development Gateway Foundation s efforts to provide information and communications solutions for more effective aid and

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/blog/page27/ (2016-02-15)
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