Development Gateway Newsletter: Winter 2010/11

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Development Gateway (DG) is an international non-profit that applies information technology solutions to development problems.

We believe that by making comprehensive aid information available to development stakeholders in an understandable format, we can improve aid coordination, targeting, and effectiveness.

As you may already know, the AidData database <http://www.aiddata.org/search/index> reveals interesting trends in international development finance – you can even narrow your search results to only projects focusing on desertification.  If you’re interested in keeping up with AidData projects, please subscribe to our monthly newsletter:

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We have several cool projects in the pipeline and would love to keep you updated on our newest tools and resources.

NEWS AND FEATURES

AidData submits Development Loop to World Bank Apps for Development competition

AidData, with support from Esri, built the “Development Loop” for submission to the World Bank Apps for Development contest. The application uses sub-national data from the World Bank and African Development Bank, overlaid with local development indicators and project success stories from GlobalGiving, to produce a visual story of aid, need, and feedback. The application is interactive; users can add, edit, and visualize their own information from anywhere in the world. The application is a strong example of how technology can be used to create a feedback loop between donors and beneficiary communities.

The World Bank launched the Apps for Development contest in order to motivate the software development community to create tools and mashups using World Bank data. Public voting on contest submissions begins today. AidData is a joint initiative of Development Gateway, Brigham Young University, and the College of William and Mary.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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