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A “new” type of data for development AidData’s next-generation measures of important development outcomes use machine learning to help policy makers overcome data gaps. John Custer, Seth Goodman
2020-11-13

A “new” type of data for development

AidData’s next-generation measures of important development outcomes use machine learning to help policy makers overcome data gaps.

AidData wins two-year Ford Foundation grant to close the evidence gap on China’s Belt and Road Initiative Ford Foundation grants AidData $200,000 to examine Chinese development finance. Alex Wooley
2020-10-23

AidData wins two-year Ford Foundation grant to close the evidence gap on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Ford Foundation grants AidData $200,000 to examine Chinese development finance.

Ebola Response workers stand outside the Chinese Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in Monrovia, Liberia, during a ceremony as Liberia's last Ebola patient was released on 5 March 2015
Open Data Center for Health enables Côte d’Ivoire’s health workers to improve HIV program coverage A handoff ceremony caps a two-year effort to improve the data and tools accessible to the country’s health workers
2020-09-09

Open Data Center for Health enables Côte d’Ivoire’s health workers to improve HIV program coverage

A handoff ceremony caps a two-year effort to improve the data and tools accessible to the country’s health workers

Health officials in Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire examine a global positioning system device
Chinese infrastructure investments shift economic activity, reduce spatial inequalities, finds new paper The paper shows that Chinese projects relocate economic activity from city centers to peripheries. Soren Patterson
2020-08-18

Chinese infrastructure investments shift economic activity, reduce spatial inequalities, finds new paper

The paper shows that Chinese projects relocate economic activity from city centers to peripheries.

Urael station of Addis Ababa’s Chinese-financed light rail. Photo by Nebyu derseh tenaw, licensed under (CC BY-SA 4.0).
Plan B for development impact evaluations? Going remote. New methods to predict missing geospatial data could reduce barriers to evaluating development programs in hard-to-reach areas. John Custer
2020-07-27

Plan B for development impact evaluations? Going remote.

New methods to predict missing geospatial data could reduce barriers to evaluating development programs in hard-to-reach areas.

Un Plan B pour évaluer l’impact du développement? Aller dans les zones reculées. De nouvelles méthodes de prédiction des données géospatiales manquantes pourraient permettre de réduire les obstacles à l’évaluation des programmes de développement dans les zones difficiles d’accès. John Custer
2020-07-26

Un Plan B pour évaluer l’impact du développement? Aller dans les zones reculées.

De nouvelles méthodes de prédiction des données géospatiales manquantes pourraient permettre de réduire les obstacles à l’évaluation des programmes de développement dans les zones difficiles d’accès.

How does foreign aid change public spending in a country? The results from our latest experiment shed light on the political and economic consequences of foreign aid. Ryan Jablonski, Brigitte Seim, Johan Ahlback
2020-07-22

How does foreign aid change public spending in a country?

The results from our latest experiment shed light on the political and economic consequences of foreign aid.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Jablonski.
AidData publishes 100th working paper in series Six years later, the AidData Working Paper series has now attracted a global readership and authorship. Ariel BenYishay
2020-07-15

AidData publishes 100th working paper in series

Six years later, the AidData Working Paper series has now attracted a global readership and authorship.

This word cloud shows the frequency of keywords in abstracts of all AidData Working Papers.
U.S. contributions to Kenya estimated at over $3 billion annually, according to new AidData research The report is the first to provide a whole-of-society view of U.S. contributions to Kenya’s economy and development. John Custer, Soren Patterson
2020-06-17

U.S. contributions to Kenya estimated at over $3 billion annually, according to new AidData research

The report is the first to provide a whole-of-society view of U.S. contributions to Kenya’s economy and development.

AidData launches third Listening to Leaders Survey in 141 countries The survey goes out to 100,000 in-country leaders, gauging attitudes on priorities, reforms, and partnerships. Alex Wooley
2020-06-16

AidData launches third Listening to Leaders Survey in 141 countries

The survey goes out to 100,000 in-country leaders, gauging attitudes on priorities, reforms, and partnerships.

Attendees take notes at the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women. Photo by UN Women/Ryan Brown via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
In 'Nature': Using GIE to map deforestation in the Amazon rainforest AidData's Ariel BenYishay co-authored a new paper in Nature Sustainability on how land titling programs impact Amazon forest loss. Nathan Warters/W&M News
2020-06-11

In 'Nature': Using GIE to map deforestation in the Amazon rainforest

AidData's Ariel BenYishay co-authored a new paper in Nature Sustainability on how land titling programs impact Amazon forest loss.

Deforestation in Roraima State in the Brazilian Amazon. Photo by John Maier, Jr./Still Pictures via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY-NC 2.0).
Making data work for refugee and migrant children Overcoming blind spots in how we produce and use data about refugee and migrant children will help decision makers better direct resources to them. Sasan Faraj, Soren Patterson
2020-05-15

Making data work for refugee and migrant children

Overcoming blind spots in how we produce and use data about refugee and migrant children will help decision makers better direct resources to them.