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Climate change, the environment, and oceans rank near the bottom of leaders’ priorities, according to global survey As global carbon emissions bounce back post-pandemic, a new AidData report finds climate action and environmental goals are among the least important issues for leaders. Alex Wooley
2021-07-13

Climate change, the environment, and oceans rank near the bottom of leaders’ priorities, according to global survey

As global carbon emissions bounce back post-pandemic, a new AidData report finds climate action and environmental goals are among the least important issues for leaders.

During the COP17 negotiations, civil society, organized labour, faith-based organizations, artists and musicians rallied in a peaceful march through Durban, South Africa on December 3rd, 2011. Photo by Ainhoa Goma/Oxfam via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
China rises sharply in influence among developing-country leaders, but does not yet surpass the US and G7 countries, according to new report A survey of nearly 7,000 leaders by AidData finds an increasingly contested development cooperation field. Alex Wooley
2021-07-12

China rises sharply in influence among developing-country leaders, but does not yet surpass the US and G7 countries, according to new report

A survey of nearly 7,000 leaders by AidData finds an increasingly contested development cooperation field.

South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a bilateral meeting on Feb 19th, 2017. Photo by the Government of South Africa via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY-ND 2.0).
Amidst calls to decolonize aid, what issues do developing-country leaders prioritize and what do they say they want from partners? New report finds policy makers in the world’s poorer countries prioritize education, jobs, and strong institutions, and give high marks to donors that embrace locally-led development. Alex Wooley
2021-07-08

Amidst calls to decolonize aid, what issues do developing-country leaders prioritize and what do they say they want from partners?

New report finds policy makers in the world’s poorer countries prioritize education, jobs, and strong institutions, and give high marks to donors that embrace locally-led development.

Leaders gather for a panel on the Sustainable Development Goals - Making it Happen at the IMF Headquarters during the 2019 IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings, October 17, 2019. Photo by IMF via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
New report on a global survey of leaders scores donors’ performance in an era of contested cooperation Multilaterals such as the IMF and World Bank perform highly; China rises in influence, but the US and other G7 donors hold their own. Alex Wooley
2021-06-30

New report on a global survey of leaders scores donors’ performance in an era of contested cooperation

Multilaterals such as the IMF and World Bank perform highly; China rises in influence, but the US and other G7 donors hold their own.

Leaders speak at a panel on the "Sustainable Development Goals - Making it Happen" at the IMF Headquarters during the 2019 IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings. Photo by the IMF via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
‍Using Facebook’s Social Connectedness Index to study social networks’ impact on the diffusion of agricultural technology in sub-Saharan Africa  AidData found that the use of improved seeds was higher in regions more socially connected to other regions that had previously adopted improved seeds. Rachel Sayers, Alex Wooley
2021-06-11

‍Using Facebook’s Social Connectedness Index to study social networks’ impact on the diffusion of agricultural technology in sub-Saharan Africa 

AidData found that the use of improved seeds was higher in regions more socially connected to other regions that had previously adopted improved seeds.

A map of Africa, shaded by Facebook Social Connectedness Index
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. Soren Patterson, John Custer
2021-05-28

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.

Development that doesn’t deforest: Study points to path forward for local infrastructure projects A groundbreaking study of 40,000 local infrastructure projects in Cambodia finds the program by-and-large created economic gains while not hastening forest loss. Soren Patterson, John Custer
2021-04-28

Development that doesn’t deforest: Study points to path forward for local infrastructure projects

A groundbreaking study of 40,000 local infrastructure projects in Cambodia finds the program by-and-large created economic gains while not hastening forest loss.

Is it possible for infrastructure not to hurt forests? A recently published study in JAERE finds that certain types of local infrastructure projects can improve rural livelihoods AND forest conditions, but important caveats apply. John Custer, Soren Patterson
2021-04-23

Is it possible for infrastructure not to hurt forests?

A recently published study in JAERE finds that certain types of local infrastructure projects can improve rural livelihoods AND forest conditions, but important caveats apply.

Photo of Cambodian farmer spraying irrigation from groundwater.
New study shines a light on Beijing’s secretive international lending program An unprecedented cache of documents shows that Chinese loan contracts have unusual secrecy provisions, collateral requirements, and debt renegotiation restrictions. AidData
2021-03-31

New study shines a light on Beijing’s secretive international lending program

An unprecedented cache of documents shows that Chinese loan contracts have unusual secrecy provisions, collateral requirements, and debt renegotiation restrictions.

New insights into geospatial data at NYC Open Data Week 2021 How can innovative sources and applications of open geospatial data be used to empower insights at a global scale? Soren Patterson
2021-03-24

New insights into geospatial data at NYC Open Data Week 2021

How can innovative sources and applications of open geospatial data be used to empower insights at a global scale?

Aid distributions to the most vulnerable remained equitable even after Nigeria crossed a key income threshold, study finds The country avoided one potential unintended consequence of a policy question that will affect nearly two dozen countries over the next decade. John Custer, Soren Patterson
2021-03-01

Aid distributions to the most vulnerable remained equitable even after Nigeria crossed a key income threshold, study finds

The country avoided one potential unintended consequence of a policy question that will affect nearly two dozen countries over the next decade.

A young boy drinks clean water from a fountain. Photo by Shutterstock.
Empowering global insights with geospatial data AidData’s new video series helps you get started with GeoQuery, our platform for creating customized geospatial datasets. Soren Patterson, Parker Kim
2021-02-24

Empowering global insights with geospatial data

AidData’s new video series helps you get started with GeoQuery, our platform for creating customized geospatial datasets.