DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER, November/December 2006


December 15, 2006.  

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In this newsletter:

>From the Foundation:

- ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 2006 DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY AWARD WINNER

- NEW SPECIAL REPORT: "EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION: YOUTH IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD"

- DGMARKET LAUNCHES GOVERNMENT TENDER SERVICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

- NEW SPECIAL COLLECTION ON FEMALE GENITAL CUTTING

- LAUNCH OF NEW DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY FOUNDATION WEBSITE

- INTRODUCTION TO E-GOVERNMENT AVAILABLE ON CD ROM

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 2006 DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY AWARD

 

The Development Gateway Foundation is pleased to announce Mindset Network of South Africa as the winner of the 2006 Development Gateway Award. Mindset Network is a not-for-profit organization set up in 2002 for the purpose of providing educational content for the formal education and health sectors.

 

Two honorable mentions were given to Digital Divide Data of Cambodia and Committee for Democracy of Information Technology of Brazil. Four finalists, highlighted for their promise of future growth, were Biblioredes of Chile, Colibri of Mexico, the Tech Age Girls program of Uzbekistan and the Topic64 program of Vietnam. Each finalist and honorable mention will receive a plaque acknowledging their success.

 

The Development Gateway Award recognizes innovation in the use of technology in developing countries. We would like to thank Intel and Microsoft for co-sponsoring this year's award. This year's theme, ICT for the empowerment of youth, inspired over 160 applications from around the world. Of those applications, 30 projects were chosen by a screening committee, which were then passed on to the members of an international panel of jurors. All of the top 30 projects are featured in the online special report on youth.

 

To learn more about the projects nominated for the Award, please visit the new dgSpecial Report highlighted below.

 

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NEW SPECIAL REPORT: "EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION: YOUTH IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD"

 

The new dgSpecial Report "Empowering the Next Generation: Youth in the Developing World" is now available online. With 1.3 billion young people between the ages of 12 and 24 in the developing world, the report builds on the claim that a window of opportunity is now open for developing countries to adopt policies for long-term benefit. The report includes interviews with policy-makers and youth leaders, as well as results of the DG survey, where key issues for youth are discussed. Because ICT will play an important role in the lives of this generation, the report also highlights the winner and finalists of the 2006 Development Gateway Award, focused this year on ICT projects that empower youth.

 

Read "Empowering the Next Generation: Youth in the Developing World" at topics.developmentgateway.org/special/youth

 

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DGMARKET LAUNCHES GOVERNMENT TENDER SERVICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

 

In concurrence with the Arab Strategy Forum, a new online government tender information service in Arabic and English will be launched through a partnership between Tejari and the Development Gateway Foundation. The new "Manshoori" service, based on the state-of-the-art dgMarket tender publishing platform and created as part of the Tejari business-to-business marketplace, will enable governments across the Middle East to post local e-tenders for new infrastructure projects.

 

Manshoori will be the region' s first deployment of the Development Gateway's Web-based dgMarket service, which increases transparency in government procurement worldwide and saves millions of dollars for governments in emerging markets.

 

For more information, visit our newsroom at:

home.developmentgateway.org/aboutus/news/showMoreNewsDetails.do~activeNewsItem=26358

 

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NEW SPECIAL COLLECTION ON FEMALE GENITAL CUTTING

 

A new special collection on female genital cutting will be available beginning Monday, December 18 on dgCommunities. It will include an interview with Thoraya Obaid, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, coverage of the issue from multiple dgCommunities, and a collection of links to prominent organizations focusing on the issue.

 

Be sure to check our homepage starting on Monday for a link to the Special Collection

 

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LAUNCH OF NEW DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY FOUNDATION WEBSITE

 

The Development Gateway Foundation will launch a new portal to better serve the development experts that use it on a daily basis. The portal will be launched on January 3, 2007. The portal will be divided into two separate Web sites. One of the Web sites, www.developmentgateway.org, will offer direct access to the services provided by the foundation, including dgCommunities, AiDA, Country Resources and dgMarket.

 

The other Web site, www.dgfoundation.org, will highlight the goals and strategies of the foundation, and include success stories that highlight its work. It will include access to the Aid Managment Platform and the E-government Grants program.

 

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INTRODUCTION TO E-GOVERNMENT AVAILABLE ON CD ROM

 

An introduction to our e-government tool for increasing aid effectiveness and harmonization, the Aid Management Platform, is now available on CD ROM. It has been released in English, with French and Spanish versions to be released at a later date. Requests from members and partners are welcome. This CD ROM provides an overview of this Web-based platform that enables developing country governments to improve their aid tracking and reporting processes.

 

For more information and to contact a member of the AMP team for a copy of the CD ROM, please visit: amp.developmentgateway.org

 

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