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Inaugural Gates Forum convened national leaders at William & Mary Participants addressed solutions to U.S. strategic communications. W&M News Staff
2022-12-15

Inaugural Gates Forum convened national leaders at William & Mary

Participants addressed solutions to U.S. strategic communications.

New research on how gender differences and power dynamics drive measurement error in household surveys Agricultural program evaluations depend on accurate household surveys, but couples will often give different answers to an objective question, like the size of an agricultural plot. How can this error be reduced? Jessica Wells, Rachel Sayers, Katherine Nolan
2022-12-15

New research on how gender differences and power dynamics drive measurement error in household surveys

Agricultural program evaluations depend on accurate household surveys, but couples will often give different answers to an objective question, like the size of an agricultural plot. How can this error be reduced?

Enumerators measure the size of an agricultural plot using GPS in Ghana. Photo by Katherine Nolan.
Lab-in-the-field: AidData and CDD-Ghana partner on research to evaluate household impacts of dams in Ghana Researchers leading AidData’s Gender Equity in Development Initiative work with local partner in Ghana to collect gender-disaggregated geospatial data and better understand measurement error in agricultural impact evaluations. Monica Maher, Sarina Patterson
2022-12-14

Lab-in-the-field: AidData and CDD-Ghana partner on research to evaluate household impacts of dams in Ghana

Researchers leading AidData’s Gender Equity in Development Initiative work with local partner in Ghana to collect gender-disaggregated geospatial data and better understand measurement error in agricultural impact evaluations.

A behavioral games survey in Ghana. Photo by Katherine Nolan.
From “world factory” to “world builder”: New research decodes how China’s Belt and Road Initiative is received The “Delivering the Belt and Road” report provides new evidence on how Beijing has implemented the BRI in practice, how citizens and leaders view it—and where it might go next. Sarina Patterson
2022-12-09

From “world factory” to “world builder”: New research decodes how China’s Belt and Road Initiative is received

The “Delivering the Belt and Road” report provides new evidence on how Beijing has implemented the BRI in practice, how citizens and leaders view it—and where it might go next.

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Xi Jinping of China hold a joint press conference in Kigali, Rwanda on July 23, 2018. Photo by Paul Kagame via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
Shining a spotlight on global inequality in the fight against HIV/AIDS: the view from Somaliland On World AIDS Day, a look at ongoing work to overcome stigma, close information gaps, and strengthen health information systems in Somaliland. Dr. Ismail Muhumed Ayeh, Dr. Carrie Dolan, Alex Wooley
2022-12-01

Shining a spotlight on global inequality in the fight against HIV/AIDS: the view from Somaliland

On World AIDS Day, a look at ongoing work to overcome stigma, close information gaps, and strengthen health information systems in Somaliland.

The President of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, meets with individuals at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Washington, DC during a March 2022 visit. Photo by SOLNAC (Somaliland National AIDS Commission), used with permission.
New report on a global survey of developing country leaders reimagines aid In late 2020, nearly 7,000 leaders weighed in on the state of reforms in their countries, key barriers to progress, and what they most want from development partners. Alex Wooley
2022-10-06

New report on a global survey of developing country leaders reimagines aid

In late 2020, nearly 7,000 leaders weighed in on the state of reforms in their countries, key barriers to progress, and what they most want from development partners.

As budgets shrink, study finds little evidence aid is directed to the worst-off Conventional wisdom is that scarcity shifts aid resources to needier places, but a new study finds this isn’t the case. John Custer
2022-09-30

As budgets shrink, study finds little evidence aid is directed to the worst-off

Conventional wisdom is that scarcity shifts aid resources to needier places, but a new study finds this isn’t the case.

High rises and hotel buildings in Punta Pacifica, Panama City, Panama. Photo by Gerardo Pesantez/World Bank via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
AidData-led project awarded nearly $4.75 million for agriculture and climate research AidData is leading a team of partners that has won a $4.74-million, four-year investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a project to spur the use of Earth Observation in how we study climate-sensitive agriculture across developing country geographies. AidData
2022-09-14

AidData-led project awarded nearly $4.75 million for agriculture and climate research

AidData is leading a team of partners that has won a $4.74-million, four-year investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a project to spur the use of Earth Observation in how we study climate-sensitive agriculture across developing country geographies.

November 2021, Gharelu, Nepal. Sharda Devi Bohora, 45, weeds her radish and potato crops in the field beside her home, She, her husband and their 3 children depend on the milk from her 5 cows and her small furniture shop for income. She sells approximately 22 liters of milk per day, which helps to meet her family’s basic needs, including paying for the children’s school fees. The milk collection center where she brings her milk was built with support from Mercy Corps’ MRED program. Sharda and her family have also benefitted from disaster mitigation measures, such as the building of gabion walls that prevent landslides and mudslides.
Beyond saving lives, landmine removal in Afghanistan clears path to development, study finds AidData’s geospatial impact evaluation of a demining program in Afghanistan sheds light on the results of a decades-long effort to tackle the complicated and compelling problem of landmine removal. Sarina Patterson, John Custer
2022-08-22

Beyond saving lives, landmine removal in Afghanistan clears path to development, study finds

AidData’s geospatial impact evaluation of a demining program in Afghanistan sheds light on the results of a decades-long effort to tackle the complicated and compelling problem of landmine removal.

In the countryside of Afghanistan, a deminer works in protective equipment. Photo by Pedram Pirnia for CIDA/ACDI via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
AidData launches new research initiative on gender equity in development The initiative seeks to address the hurdles inherent in gender-based research, applying geospatial data and rigorous impact evaluations of development programs to produce policy-relevant findings. Monica Maher, Sarina Patterson
2022-07-08

AidData launches new research initiative on gender equity in development

The initiative seeks to address the hurdles inherent in gender-based research, applying geospatial data and rigorous impact evaluations of development programs to produce policy-relevant findings.

Evelyne and Adoko, seasoned fabric traders, at their shop in a commercial district of Lomé. The Nana Benz women were a group of Togolese fabric traders who became activists for women’s liberation, selling fabric prints bearing names such as “If You Go Out, I Go Out,” and “When a Woman Passes, Men Pass Away.” Photo by the World Bank/Stephan Gladieu via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
As Mali weathers climate change, can irrigation projects help farmers adapt? A new geospatial impact evaluation by AidData examines the complicated impacts of irrigation interventions in the context of Mali’s ongoing armed conflict. Alex Wooley
2022-07-07

As Mali weathers climate change, can irrigation projects help farmers adapt?

A new geospatial impact evaluation by AidData examines the complicated impacts of irrigation interventions in the context of Mali’s ongoing armed conflict.

This satellite image shows the Tomboctou-Timbuktu region in the northern part of Mali, along the Niger River. Photo by Google Earth.
W&M hosts inaugural conference on China’s global influence During the June 22-24 conference at the W&M School of Education, participants worked to separate fact from fiction while analyzing China’s growing global influence through plenary sessions, working groups, keynote addresses and poster presentations. Martha Reilly/Global Research Institute
2022-07-06

W&M hosts inaugural conference on China’s global influence

During the June 22-24 conference at the W&M School of Education, participants worked to separate fact from fiction while analyzing China’s growing global influence through plenary sessions, working groups, keynote addresses and poster presentations.

During the day one keynote session, moderator Simon Rabinovitch engaged Carly Fiorina, Sen. Mushahid Hussain Sayed and Ambassador Jason Chung in conversation about how U.S. economic statecraft functions in an era of contested cooperation with China. Photo by Stephen Salpukas