The benefits of the DevelopmentAid platform for international donors

By Catalina Russu

The benefits of the DevelopmentAid platform for international donors

When mentioning, thoughts lead to a one-stop-shop for international aid sector stakeholders. Indeed, we have managed to create the largest and most varied network of funding and implementing agencies such as development banks, finance institutions, multilateral and bilateral donors, consulting organizations, government bodies, NGOs, and individual experts. Each one of these players uses the platform for particular benefits. International donors, who are the rule-setters within the sector, use the platform to facilitate communication, publish announcements, recruit development consultants or update their blacklists.

Learn more purposes for which donors use the DevelopmentAid website.

Publish information on sanctioned or blacklisted companies and individuals

Tackling corruption, fraud or other similar wrongdoing is critical to achieving sustainable development and poverty reduction. This is why donors frequently blacklist those organizations that violate their guidelines, become involved in various schemes, and commit irregularities. The DevelopmentAid platform serves as a place where donors regularly publish and update information on sanctioned or blacklisted companies and individuals in a centralized database. According to our database, over 2,000 firms are currently sanctioned in international development. As a donor agency, choosing the best organization to work with can be difficult but being aware of those that are blacklisted can help to make the right decision.

Evaluate vendors based on their past project performance

In any procurement team, measurement, evaluation, and optimization are the key to success. The vendor performance evaluation process helps to take account of these by using definitive quantitative data. DevelopmentAid consists of a network of 200,000+ organizations that allows funding agencies to search for leading players in particular sectors, find vendors with specific geographical experience, evaluate the potential vendor based on past project references with other donors, analyze past references by region, funding agency and sector and finally contact the organization directly.

Recruit consultants through advanced and default CV databases

Contracting development experts is one of the most important ingredients for a project’s success. Funding agencies have access to the most qualitative and senior experts’ databases in the international development sector: the DevelopmentAid default database (over 100,000 expert-driven profiles) and the advanced database (over 20,000 professionally managed profiles). Searching for and recruiting consultants to work for funding and implementing agencies for short- or long-term assignments can be easily achieved by applying different filters such as work experience, languages spoken, sectoral and country experience, field of education, donor experience, and many others.

Publish and highlight calls

Transparent procurement strategies and procedures attract quality bids, secure best value prices and deliver better outcomes. By making the procurement processes more transparent, industries develop better solutions, deliver higher quality tenders, and reduce downstream problems. DevelopmentAid offers funding agencies the ability to automatically and manually post tenders/grants in a standardized, centralized, and searchable platform for donor-funded projects. For a wider reach, donors and contracting authorities can increase visibility and the number of applications for their calls by having their tenders or grants highlighted. The platform will disseminate the calls to a relevant network of 200,0000 vendors with experience in the donor-funded market. DevelopmentAid is the only platform that uses social media to re-share the calls with LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter users.

Tracking and comparing donors’ activities

Estimating how much aid is funneled to developing countries is essential yet complex. Aid estimates are required to hold donors and recipients accountable and to assess whether the aid is sufficient, targeted to need, and effective. Official data is usually released after suffering delays while the need for information is often urgent. On DevelopmentAid, the past projects and their impact for more than 14,500 funding agencies can be evaluated by accessing the centralized, comparable development data aggregated by the platform.

Cross-Donor communication

Development cooperation has always featured knowledge sharing (KS) as a major element of its rationale and activities. The DevelopmentAid platform helps members to build effective cross-donor communication which is key to boosting aid effectiveness and fostering capacity building in the candidate countries and with potential candidates. On the DevelopmantAid donor page, detailed intelligence on more than 14,000 funding and implementing agencies can be accessed including business opportunities in the forms of grants, tenders, loans for development, public-private partnerships, and analysis on contract awards and shortlists (evidence of tied aid).

Donor Harmonization/Donor Alignment

With 2022 beginning with dramatic events throughout the world, aid is in the spotlight as never before yet its increase will not help to reduce poverty in the absence of major reforms in the way that aid is currently managed. According to a country’s national development strategies, donors can align or harmonize their aid. More effective development cooperation will allow faster scaling-up of priority national interventions to help countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The DevelopmantAid donor page offers valuable information for creating opportunities for donor harmonization such as instant access to countries’ strategy plans – a prerequisite for effective development cooperation.

Centralized database with procurement guidelines

DevelopmentAid members can check donors’ procurement and grant guidelines here. The digital platform for development also allows access for all stakeholders, including potential domestic and foreign suppliers, civil society, and the general public, to publish procurement information notably related to the public procurement system (e.g., institutional frameworks, laws, and regulations), the specific procurements (e.g., procurement forecasts, calls for tender, award announcements) and the performance of the public procurement system (e.g., benchmarks, monitoring results). Grant-awarding agencies create internal and external policies and procedures to define the shortlisting and award procedures and these can be also found on DevelopmentAid.

Final word

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