Papua New Guinea Launches DAD and Government Website

On 19 January 2008, Development Assistance Database (DAD) for Papua New Guinea and the website of the Department of National Planning and Monitoring , the government ministry in charge of the country’s development policy, were launched during an official ceremony at DNPM in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Senior government officials and the heads of donor agencies attended the launch.

With the support and technical assistance of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) country office, the Government of Papua New Guinea decided to establish a DAD to enhance national ownership of the development process and to harmonize the activities of development partners. And the key obstacle to national ownership, harmonization, and strategic planning is the lack of reliable, comprehensive, and transparent information on development activities in the country. As the Honorable Minister of DNPM Paul Tiensten remarked at the launch, “The reality is that when we meet with our development partners to plan new aid programs, we, as Government representatives, are completely in the shadows because we really do not have a clear picture of how and where aid resources are being invested.

DAD Papua New Guinea (DAD PNG) is a powerful online database that allows users to collect, track, analyze and report on all official development assistance (ODA) for Papua New Guinea. Specifically, DAD PNG includes a Core DAD that captures critical and up-to-date information on all development projects in the country, and Development Partners module that evaluates donor responsiveness and effectiveness and offers a complete picture of donor aid by including all aid modalities, including pooled funds and trust funds. Synergy also developed a portal/website for DNPM, which will knowledge sharing and collaboration through the posting of events, press releases, discussion forums, key documents, and other relevant information. Very important, the DAD and DNPM’s website are linked so that reports (reports, charts, maps) generated through the DAD can be automatically published on the website.

Synergy Awarded GSA Schedule Contract

Effective immediately, Synergy has been awarded a GSA Schedule Contract to facilitate the provision of Synergy’s technology and professional services to the federal government. Government agencies and clients can now purchase Synergy’s IDM Technology and professional services under Special Item Numbers (SINs) 132-33, 132-34, and 132-51on GSA’s IT Schedule 70.

These special item numbers include Perpetual Software Licenses, Software Maintenance, and Information Technology Services. Government agencies who would like to take advantage of this schedule should contact to shop online and reference contract number GS-35F-0148U.

DAD Contract Signed for Sierra Leone

The United Nations Development Programme in Sierra Leone has procured the DAD to implement within the Development Assistance Coordination Office (DACO) of the government of Sierra Leone. DACO has chosen the DAD to assist with providing an accurate picture of the aid landscape in Sierra Leone that will in turn assist with the development of a national Aid Policy.

The DAD’s major goals include providing data on Official Development Assistance to the public, strengthening informed decision making with up-to-date data, providing data on sectoral and regional distributions of aid, reporting on aid flows and usage, and enhancing transparency and accountability. An offline module of the DAD will be provided to facilitate DAD’s use when internet access is not available.

Synergy Partners with Booz Allen Hamilton for MCC Monitoring and Evaluation Project

The Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US Government agency that distributes foreign assistance, has announced that the partnership of Booz Allen Hamilton and Synergy International Systems has been awarded a contract for the MCC Business Intelligence and Data Store (BIDS) project. This project will use Synergy’s IDM technology as the business intelligence cornerstone of the project software. Synergy will develop Monitoring and Evaluation and project tracking systems that will be used to coordinate between MCC headquarters and the Millennium Challenge Account compact countries. The reporting done through this information system will enable MCC to provide reliable reports to Congress to track the development of MCC Compact Countries and assess the overall impact of the MCC’s objectives.


Ministry of Afghanistan Mission to Synergy Headquarters

Synergy recently hosted a delegation of representatives from the Ministry of Finance for Afghanistan for an intensive two-day mission to finalize requirements for an upgrade of the Development Assistance Database (DAD), as well as to discuss additional needs for increased capacity in budget planning. Synergy presented a prototype of its latest budgeting system, which was well received by the participants. Dr. Ashot Hovanesian, Synergy CEO, chaired a series of very productive meetings and brainstorming sessions with the team from the Ministry, which included Budgeting Managers, Sector Managers, and IT Managers. Synergy has been working closely with it’s counterparts in Kabul to finalize the implementation of the DAD 5.5.

Synergy CEO Presents at E-Asia Conference

Dr. Ashot Hovanesian, President and Founder of Synergy International Systems presented at the E-Asia Conference, organized by the Centre for Science, Development, and Media Studies, and hosted by the Ministry of Water, Energy, and Communications. Dr. Hovanesian presented on Best Practices and Lessons Learned from ICT for the Tsunami Recovery. He was also a panelist for a discussion session on emerging technologies in E-gov.

The paper Dr. Hovanesian presented, “ICT for Tsunami Recovery,” was co-authored by Mr. Aidan Cox, Regional Advisor for Aid Management with the United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Centre in Bangkok. The paper outlines the successes and lessons learned from the implementation of the Development Assistance Database for Tsunami reconstruction. The databases currently track over $7 billion of development assistance from multilateral, bilateral, and non-government donors. The paper covers critical attributes of post-disaster ICT tools, capacity development on the national level, ICTs role in improving interagency communication, conditions for sustainability, and monitoring and evaluation.

Private Sector DAD for Tsunami Relief

A new United Nations Develop Programme DAD initiative for Tsunami reconstruction has been completed. This newest DAD is known as the Private Sector DAD, and it tracks private sector company and foundation Tsunami contributions. The system is designed to provide incentives for private sector organizations to provide data by focusing on organizational profiles, rather than projects, in order to show a fuller picture of a company or foundation’s contribution to the Tsunami relief. The Private Sector DAD currently includes data on private sector contributions totaling $225 million from approximately 150 different organizations in 20 different countries.

Three new modules added to the DAD Iraq

The DAD Iraq recently received three new modules that deal with Donor Profiles, a National Budget Public Investment Program, and Country Project Activity. The Donor Profiles include donor details as well as donor pledges, which were not previously recorded. This will allow users to monitor current disbursements against initial pledges. The National Budget Public Investment Program module covers investment projects initiated and funded by the national budget.

The first stage of implementation will include the Ministry of Electricity, Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works, and eventually the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health. The Country Project Activity module presents a consolidated view of all the projects entered into the system (including aid and on-budget funding) to generate reports from a comprehensive project based perspective. From September 10-14, Synergy conducted a Training Workshop in Amman, Jordan on “Improving Aid and Development Management through the Donor Assistance Database” with participants from many government ministries attending. Several further modifications of the DAD were discussed and will be released in December 2006.

Synergy begins Webinar series on the DAD

Synergy is beginning a series of Webinars on the Development Assistance Database (DAD) for UNDP staff, government officials, and NGOs through WebEx software.

There are two upcoming Webinars for those in government and the development community in the continent of Africa. They will be held at 9 AM, EST on Wednesday, September 20th, and 9:30 AM on Thursday, September 21st. The agenda includes a live demonstration of the DAD, as well as a discussion of best practices and lessons learned from implementations of the system in 19 developing countries.

Katrina Recovery: Lessons from the Developing World

By Ashot Hovanesian, President and CEO, Synergy International Systems

As we approach the first anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita it’s natural to ask “Are we continuing to make the best progress possible in the recovery effort, and are we better prepared today to respond to and recover from these, and other, types of disasters than we were nearly a year ago?”

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Sri Lanka Deploys Housing Tracking Module in Synergy Development Assistance Database and Portal

Synergy International Systems, Inc. (Synergy), the Intelligent Data Manager(TM) company for mission-critical data collection, analysis and dissemination, today announced that the government of Sri Lanka’s Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) has launched a new Housing Program module within its deployment of Synergy’s Development Assistance Database (DAD) and Synergy Portal. The module extends the breadth and value of the role DAD-Sri Lanka is playing in increasing visibility and accountability into how Asian Tsunami Relief funds are spent and how projects are progressing.

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