23 Jun
Nina Beauchez
Reflections on my time at Data4Development

In the fall of 2018, the same week when I had received my MSc in International Development, I had an interview with Maaike and Gyan in The Hague. The conversation was great and I remember talking about my interests in Open Data and Open access to knowledge; as I truly believe this is vital to...

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18 Jun
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Will we lose DFID as a frontrunner on international aid transparency?

Though it might not have come as a complete surprise, the decision to merge the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is worrying from an aid transparency perspective [1, 2]. DFID has been a champion of the International Aid Transparency Initiative since its early days, being the first...

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12 Jun
IATI Users
How many organizations are mentioned in the IATI data? Part 3/3

In Part 1 of this mini series we tried to get an idea of the number of organizations by simply counting the number of unique names, mentioned in organization fields in the IATI data. From a preliminary analysis of the 92k unique “organizations” we could identify several obstacles, of which the two main problems appear...

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05 Jun
The power of innovation through digitisation

Today is the day of the Partos hackathon as part of the Spindles digital journey. One of the Joined Action Groups is working on building a platform/marketplace for digital innovations. On this platform NGOs can search for existing digital solutions, leave comments with their experience of the products and look at the reviews from others....

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28 May
Data literacy
Data Literacy: why it matters for your organisation

A few questions on data literacy answered by the Data & CRM manager from Save the Children NL.

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20 May
Data migration
D4D best practices: user care as an essential part of implementation

For Hivos, we are supporting a major organisation change, driven by their migration to a new core application that combines financial management and project management. This has been one of our major projects for the last two years, and over 60% of Hivos’ projects are now migrated to the new system! This is a turning...

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19 May
The Digital Journey continues

The Digital Journey team of the Spindle organised a Pitch Event for Partos members, where problem owners could share their ideas and form Joint Action Groups (JAG). Each JAG is now pitching their ideas to an audience of techies, companies, universities and creatives to reach out for possible contributions. D4D is a contributor to two...

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15 May
Digital journey
Contributing to the Digital Journey

The Spindle organises a #DigitalJourney for #Partos members looking to accelerate digital transformation within their organisations in innovative and exciting ways. The goal is to co-create digital strategies in Joint Action Groups to build innovations upon the needs of the #Dutch development organisations and discover solutions for digital challenges. Find out more on the website....

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07 May
Code for IATI - Python
A tiny piece of powerful Python

When working with IATI data I often use Python, a programming language which is very suitable for handling a lot of data. Within a programming language there are libraries: collections of functions with a specific purpose. One library that is very powerful when working with large amounts of data is called Pandas. In Pandas you...

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24 Apr
Data feminism
Learning and applying Data Feminism

Those of you who know Data4Development closely, know that we are encouraged to learn and grow besides our regular work. This week for learning I spent time attending a webinar hosted by Data2x on Data feminism as well as spending time reading Cythia Enloe’s book ‘The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging the Persistence of Patriarchy’....

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