Resources for international development are scarce, making it incumbent upon foundations, nonprofits and foreign-aid agencies to coordinate their efforts, reduce overlaps and identify gaps in underserved areas.
On Monday, The Foundation Center in New York and Development Gateway, an independent nonprofit in Washington, announced a strategic alliance that will link the Center’s database on U.S. and global grant makers and their grants with Development Gateway’s information management tools and services that support international development activities.
The goal is to fill gaps in knowledge for people seeking solutions to global problems. “Better information is the first step to understanding what works, what doesn’t work, and how to make a difference in improving lives,” Jean-Louis Sarbib, Development Gateway’s chief executive, said in a statement.
The ability to more accurately and efficiently target charitable dollars should be a boon to advisors to small foundations and individual donors focused on finding solutions to global problems.