Development Gateway Foundation

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Founded in 2001, the Washington, D.C.-based Development Gateway Foundation (DGF) takes advantage of new information and communications technologies (ICT) to help nations alleviate poverty and foster sustainable development. The DGF's activities encompass four main program areas: development and support of research and training centers in developing countries; annual ICT Development Forums, where global leaders meet to discuss practical ways to use ICT effectively; grants and investments; and the Development Gateway itself, an interactive resource located at http://www.developmentgateway.org/.

The DGF is a unique nonprofit partnership of more than 120 public and private entities from varied sectors who fund the Development Gateway and other foundation resources. Environmental and health agency members include Family Health International, the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the World Health Organization. International funding agency members include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank Group. Private-sector members include IBM and Microsoft Corporation. The Contributors page contains a complete listing of participants and links to their homepages.

From its beginning, the Development Gateway has been configured to facilitate interactive information exchange (in English, Spanish, and French) among the donor community, researchers, ICT engineers and developers, advocacy groups, and national and international policy-making agencies. Four main pathways--Exchange Ideas & Knowledge, Find Development Projects, Explore Business Opportunities, and Access Country Gateways--guide users to the area of the website they wish to visit. Users can access online forums; look up resources on business opportunities, development projects, publications, and statistics for each of the approximately 200 nations in existence; scan an online global procurement market; and add their own content.

The Exchange Ideas & Knowledge section comprises public forums on each of 34 topics including environmental law, indigenous knowledge, urban development, and water resources management. …