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August 2018

A volley of words—and new data—on China’s diplomatic reach

A recent report by AidData informed and incited discussion of China’s growing public diplomacy activities in East Asia and Pacific.

Sports Ministers from South Korea, China and Japan meet in 2016 in Pyeongchang.
June 2018

Chinese public diplomacy in East Asia and the Pacific: Is it working?

A new report from AidData chronicles the nature and impact of China’s diplomatic programs.

Culture ministers representing China (left) and Korea (right) in discussion at the 8th Korea-China-Japan Culture Minister’s Meeting in 2016 in Korea. Photo by Jeon Han/Republic of Korea via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY-SA 2.0).
May 2018

New report reveals how donors perform in “customer satisfaction survey” of foreign aid

Country flags fly at the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia. Photo by Nico Kaiser via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY 2.0).
May 2018

Report: Climate change among least important issues according to developing countries

Properties built in a flood-prone area in Tonga, a low-lying island nation in the South Pacific vulnerable to rising sea levels. Photo by Asian Development Bank, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
May 2018

Report: China, India winning friends in the developing world, but lag far behind U.S.

The leaders (l-r) of South Africa, China, India, Russia and Brazil meet in Goa, India for the 2016 Annual BRICS Meeting. Photo by Beto Parata/PR via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY 2.0).
May 2018

Tuned-in or tone-deaf? Leaders and citizens agree, diverge on priorities for poorer countries

Girls sit at school in Bamozai, near Gardez, Paktya Province, Afghanistan. Photo by Capt. John Severns, U.S. Air Force via Wikimedia (public domain).
May 2018

Linking the SDGs with national development planning for better coordination

AidData is piloting a new methodology in Rwanda to connect financing for and progress on the SDGs with national development.

Amina Mohammed, UN Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning, speaks about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. Photo by UN Photo/Mark Garten, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
May 2018

AidData wins $2.95 million to track HIV/AIDS in Côte d’Ivoire

The project is designed to enhance the use of health data by the government of Côte d’Ivoire, civil society organizations and local communities.

Testing for AIDS: A young woman is tested for HIV/AIDS. Photo by Martin Mugo Muiga/Horec Kenya, courtesy USAID Office of HIV/AIDS.
April 2018

Breaking boundaries

The GeoBoundaries team at AidData has now made over 600 sets of administrative boundaries freely available for 196 countries across the globe.

This global map of the GeoBoundaries alpha release shows the administrative boundaries available by country. Red is ADM1, orange is ADM2, yellow is ADM3, gray-green is ADM4, and dark green is ADM5.
April 2018

Enhancing statistics for the SDGs: A new project to increase use and impact of official statistics

AidData is polling producers of national statistics as part of a new collaboration with Open Data Watch and PARIS21.

Opening of the UN Statistical Commission’s 48th Session in March, 2017. Photo by UN Photo/Manuel Elias, fair use.
April 2018

Russia’s foreign aid re-emerges

Little is known about Russia’s foreign aid. We examine the evidence to see what makes Moscow's spending different.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (center) and Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbay Jeenbekov (left) at an informal meeting of the heads of the Commonwealth of Independent States in December 2017. Kyrgyzstan is the #1 recipient of Russian foreign aid. Photo by the Office of the President of Russia, licensed under (CC by 4.0).
March 2018

China’s financial statecraft: Winning Africa one Yuan at a time?

Teasing out the nexus of money and influence in China’s development activities in Africa with a recent global dataset and a forthcoming report on leaders’ perceptions.

China’s President Xi Jinping and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and his wife converse at the 2015 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Sandton, Johannesburg. Photo by GCIS, licensed under (CC BY-ND 2.0).
March 2018

Minding the gap in data on migrant, refugee and trafficked children

Understanding what data is available about children on the move will help decision-makers better direct resources to them.

Refugee children from Syria at a clinic in Ramtha, northern Jordan. Photo by Russell Watkins/DFID, licensed under (CC BY 2.0).
March 2018

AidData/William & Mary awarded two-year grant to study data on refugee, migrant and trafficked children

The two-year, nearly $500,000 grant funds research to improve the data needed for assistance programs seeking to help children on the move.

Syrian refugee students attend a class in an accelerated learning program at public school in Kamed Al Louz in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Photo by Shawn Baldwin/UNHCR, licensed under (CC BY-NC 2.0).
March 2018

Data to fight disease: A new partnership to improve HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment data in Zambia

We’re partnering with Zambia’s National AIDS Council to build new tools to sift through reams of official data on HIV/AIDS, and apply it for better outcomes.

Member of the Strategic Information Theme working group meet to discuss the draft revision of indicators for the new upgrade to the NAC-MIS health information management system. Stakeholders from Zambia’s National Aids Council, the Ministry of Health, the CDC, the WHO, and NGOs provided feedback. Photo by Emilie Efronson/AidData.
February 2018

Listening to leaders on education data: A new report

What data do education leaders want and need to improve learning outcomes? AidData and Brookings evaluate two new global surveys on decision-makers’ use of data and evidence.

Students in Kyrgyzstan take the National Admissions Test for university. USAID has been supporting the testing as means to expand access to higher education. Photo by USAID, licensed under (CC by 2.0).
February 2018

Filling the missing middle: A method for impact evaluators on a budget

Faster and cheaper than a randomized control trial but more rigorous than a performance evaluation, Geospatial Impact Evaluations (GIEs) fill the “missing middle” for organizational learning.

February 2018

Rogue agent or team player? Beijing’s motivations for aid provision

A new study in ISQ pinpoints the factors that motivate Beijing to provide aid and other forms of government financing to Africa.

At a 2016 meeting of BRICS leaders, from left: President of Brazil Michel Temer, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, and President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Zuma. Photo by RIA Novosti.
January 2018

Six deep dives into China’s checkbook diplomacy

AidData’s release of the most comprehensive dataset yet on Beijing’s spending abroad prompted a flurry of media coverage and policy analysis. See our top five picks for articles and interviews that provide new insight.

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