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  • Finding Business Opportunities… in Turkish | Development Gateway
    Metin Erdogou wanted to create change He established dgMarket Ihale Bilmi Merkezi a nonprofit organization based in Istanbul and worked with DGF to launch a Turkish language version of the dgMarket global tender publishing system Government contracting is always a good source of business said Mr Erdogou But before the Internet it was not easy for Turkish companies to get timely information on tender opportunities particularly from foreign countries said

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2010/05/19/finding-business-opportunities-in-turkish/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Staff gives back to local community | Development Gateway
    local businesses to feed the area s homeless population Since its creation the kitchen has also begun to provide culinary training and a catering service Michele Noukimi was assigned to chop and prepare vegetables Noting the strict adherence to hygiene and precision Michele was worried that the volunteers would not make it through the morning Michele added By noon we had chopped cucumbers radishes green onions tomatoes red cabbage and carrots We put them in neatly piled boxes ready to go out to homeless shelters across DC We felt an immense satisfaction from a job well done Isabelle Hauswald in a different group found herself peeling mangos After she started on the mountain of mangos Isabelle was engaged one of the staff members in conversation He was a former drug dealer who had spent eight and a half years behind bars When he was paroled two years ago his parole officer brought him to DC Central Kitchen to be trained as a cook He sounded happy to be there He was content to have a decent job with a pay check at the end of the month to pay his bills The communities that the DC Central Kitchen serves are

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2009/12/19/staff-gives-back-to-local-community/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Aid transparency tool launched to improve donor coordination in Nicaragua | Development Gateway
    Department for International Development DFID and Mendel Goldstein the head of the European Commission s delegation to Central America and Panama wrote As a result of the EU Blue Book and ODAnic our efforts in Nicaragua should have a wider impact as the experience and lessons from ODAnic help to inform the global aid transparency dialogue ODAnic compiles information on 660 aid activities in Nicaragua from 18 donors including six non EU donors and multilateral agencies The online tool includes interactive features that allow the user to create basic and advanced reports by donor sector location and the Millennium Development Goals It was created to support the Paris Declaration for Aid Effectiveness The 2008 EU Blue Book was generated using the information captured by ODAnic It provides a summary of European development cooperation and capsulated overviews of assistance for each donor The publication increases the transparency of aid efforts to Nicaragua serves as the basis for increased donor coordination and is an example of one of the benefits of implementing this type of aid management system ODAnic was created with support from the U K Department of International Development Both DFID and the Danish Embassy in Managua supported the current

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2009/11/25/aid-transparency-tool-launched-to-improve-donor-coordination-in-nicaragua/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Development Gateway, PLAID to Create AidData | Development Gateway
    Brigham Young University as a tool for analyzing trends in foreign assistance aid allocation and aid effectiveness Development Gateway manages AiDA a database of development activities which it provides as a public good The two entities are working closely with the OECD s Development Co operation Directorate which manages the Creditor Reporting System the authoritative source of official statistics on global development assistance We immediately saw the complementarity with Development Gateway s work affirmed Michael Tierney Director of International Relations at the College of William and Mary We originally built PLAID to do academic research but input from the policy community made clear that a publicly accessible database could also promote accountability coordination best practices and ultimately reduce poverty The database has become a useful tool for academics and researchers but there is great potential for a much wider audience to benefit from it By combining breadth and depth of information this partnership will fill a void and allow not only academic research but the monitoring of development activities and the exchange of good practice across borders said Jean Louis Sarbib CEO of Development Gateway Project Level Aid PLAID is funded by the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation the William and

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2009/10/08/development-gateway-plaid-to-create-aiddata/ (2016-02-15)
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  • DRC Tackles the Aid Information Challenge | Development Gateway
    has cost approximately five million lives and where government institutions are strained for resources and lack the necessary tools for effective oversight progress is a relative term Yet recent developments in the area of government capacity building indicate that real progress is being made Since 2007 Development Gateway through support from Belgium has been working with its partners in the Congolese government on the implementation of its aid management program The program builds capacity to track and report on funding flows It is making a real different in terms of aid effectiveness According to the OECD overseas development assistance ODA has ranged anywhere between 15 and 30 of gross national income in the DRC over the past four years In 2007 alone ODA reached nearly 2 1 billion Yet as is the case in most post conflict countries the government of the DRC has had limited if any information on many of the externally funded development projects taking place there Without accurate data on aid flows it is impossible for governments to make informed decisions on development programs and to identify needs and priorities One way of overcoming these deficiencies is through the introduction of aid management tools Development Gateway s aid management program incorporates one such tool The program consisting of a three year capacity building and training component provides an online platform where ODA information is recorded tracked and used to empower the government to make more effective decisions on resource allocation The capacity building component of the program sets it apart from other systems of aid management By building a strong rapport with users in government ministries Development Gateway increases the likelihood of program sustainability The software used in this platform is open source and government owned allowing for free transfers of software and alterations to the

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2009/09/19/drc-tackles-the-aid-information-challenge/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Jean-Louis Sarbib to Manage Development Gateway | Development Gateway
    in development according to Mary O Kane vice chair of the board and executive chairman of Mary O Kane Associates of Australia We are fortunate he accepted this position at the request of the executive committee Mr Sarbib has taken a leave of absence from his position of managing director at Wolfensohn Company a private investment firm and a strategic advisor to corporations and governments Previously he held senior positions at the World Bank including senior vice president and head of the human development network regional vice president for the Middle East and North Africa and regional vice president for Africa This is an opportunity to lead an organization that has evolved considerably since its inception in 2000 at a time when aid transparency and aid effectiveness are near the top of the agenda said Mr Sarbib I am honored that the board has given me its confidence and delighted at the idea of working closely with the Gateway s dedicated competent and innovative staff In 2004 Mr Sarbib joined the Development Gateway Foundation board of directors where he serves on the executive committee The board selected him to serve as chair when the previous chair Dr Michael Hofmann stepped

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2009/06/02/jean-louis-sarbib-to-manage-development-gateway/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Accessible Information on Development Activities (AiDA) Database Adds New Features, Better Design | Development Gateway
    ve made AiDA a more robust aid effectiveness tool said Riccardo De Marchi who manages its development The database advances the aid effectiveness agenda by giving donors the opportunity to harmonize their aid efforts Marc Tocatlian administrator of the statistics and monitoring division of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said The browse by function brings great value added allowing users to easily identify the available records for a

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2008/09/17/accessible-information-on-development-activities-aida-database-adds-new-features/ (2016-02-15)
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  • E-government Tool Makes Development Aid More Effective | Development Gateway
    Latin America have completed advanced training in the system and use it to monitor aid flows AMP also allows countries to track progress toward national development strategies and the Millennium Development Goals In regional workshops users of the application share experiences with their counterparts in other countries The creation of AMP has been driven by the internationally recognized need to make aid more effective according to Mark Fleeton CEO Development Gateway The international community acknowledges the importance of strengthening the capacity of country systems to manage aid effectively AMP gives them a tool to do that We make the solution sustainable through ongoing technical support Created to support the Paris Declaration AMP is an e government solution for governments and their partners to manage and coordinate development assistance Ethiopia first piloted the platform in 2005 According to a 2006 user survey desk officers indicated that the new system cut data entry time in half They were able to generate reports three times as fast Since then Bolivia Burkina Faso Burundi the Democratic Republic of Congo Malawi Montenegro and Tanzania have adopted the application We expect aid management system to assist with many aspects of the Accra Action Agenda added Mr

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2008/08/19/e-government-tool-makes-development-aid-more-effective/ (2016-02-15)
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