About the Australian Development Gateway

Development Gateways are innovative Internet portals that seek to maximize the interchange of development information with the objective of assisting countries achieve sustainable development and to reduce poverty.

TAFE-SA-and-SAGE-Automation-develop-training-to-meet-skills-gap-653524-l_300[1]The Development Gateway Foundation based in Washington DC was launched by the World Bank and is the hub for a world-wide network of over 50 Country Gateways. Australia was a founding member and funding contributor of the Development Gateway Foundation and has become the first OECD country to develop its own Country Gateway.

The Australian Development Gateway (ADG) is an integral part of this major international initiative.


The Australian Development Gateway  is a knowledge-sharing website, supporting people working in Asia Pacific countries to reduce poverty and promote sustainability. It is a mechanism for Australians and others in the Asia Pacific region to contribute knowledge and to engage in vigorous discussion. By accessing the ADG, people working in the field of development will be able to collaborate more effectively by sharing practical knowledge faster. They will be further empowered in developing policies and programs, researching issues, forming alliances and working towards sustainable growth and poverty reduction.

Funded and Developed by AusAID

As part of its commitment to the Virtual Colombo Plan, the Australian Development Gateway is being developed and funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) as part of the Australian Government’s overseas aid program.

The Australian Development Gateway (ADG) will continue to develop by taking into account the feedback and contributions provided by its users.

Contractual Management of the ADG

Following a tender process, Net Return Pty Ltd, a Sydney based web development company, commenced a two year contract in March 2003 tasked with reassessing the existing proof-of concept ADG website and with the design, build and implementation of a new website.

Development expertise was provided through a partnership arrangement with Assai Pty Ltd, a Sydney based firm with extensive experience in implementing culturally sensitive development projects in the Asia Pacific region, and by engaging with over 40 experienced development practitioners (drawn from non-government organisations (NGOs), Australian Managing Contractors (AMCs), academia and government agencies).

Six sector specific workshops were held to profile potential users in the development community and to identify their needs. Partner country counterparts from selected Asia Pacific countries actively participated in the workshops. Find out more about how this site was created.

To contact Net Return’s Project Manager Hans Zerr, please phone +61-2-97790141 or send him an email.

Accessibility: Downloading and printing PDF files

Some of the links provided on this site are in PDF format and can only be viewed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Those without the plug-in can download it free of charge from Adobe at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. For users with a disability, see Adobe’s screen-reader compatible, download page at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/alternate.html.

To save PDF files onto your own computer, or if you are having problems viewing the PDF file from your browser, you should right-click on the PDF file link, select ‘Save Target As’ or ‘Save Link As’, save the file to your computer hard disk, then open and print it using Acrobat.

Compliance standards

This Internet site is Bobby approved for people with disabilities, in accordance with W3C Guidelines for web accessibility. People with disabilities who wish to access PDF format publications should either:

  1. Submit the URI of the PDF document to an online converter provided by Adobe at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_onlinetools.html, which will return the text in HTML or ASCII format readable by appropriate speech conversion software.
  2. Download the PDF document and send it by email to Adobe for conversion and return in plain format.
  3. Download an additional free plug-in for Acrobat and Acrobat Reader, called Acrobat Access (see http://access.adobe.com). Full instructions on downloading and using this plug-in are provided by Adobe.

We recommend that such users visit the Adobe Acrobat Access website and select the option that best suits their needs.

Linking to this site

You may link to this website at your full expense and responsibility. You must not alter any of the website’s contents or frame or reformat the files, pages, images, information and materials from this website on any other website unless express written permission has been obtained from the Development Gateway web manager.

Links provided to other Internet sites are provided for the user’s convenience and do not constitute endorsement of the information at those sites. The Commonwealth of Australia and the Australian Development Gateway accept no responsibility for material contained in any site that is linked to this Internet site.