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How does China’s development model affect state stability in African countries? Both World Bank and Chinese aid projects are associated with a reduction in violence against civilians, but regions with Chinese aid see an increase in government repression. Melvin H.L. Wong, Lennart Kaplan, Kai Gehring
2020-01-22

How does China’s development model affect state stability in African countries?

Both World Bank and Chinese aid projects are associated with a reduction in violence against civilians, but regions with Chinese aid see an increase in government repression.

Photo by the UN/Isaac Billy via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
Beijing's public diplomacy spending in South and Central Asia quantified and evaluated AidData, a research lab at William & Mary, today released new data and analysis capturing the results of the Chinese government's strategic public diplomacy efforts in 13 countries. Alexander Wooley
2019-12-10

Beijing's public diplomacy spending in South and Central Asia quantified and evaluated

AidData, a research lab at William & Mary, today released new data and analysis capturing the results of the Chinese government's strategic public diplomacy efforts in 13 countries.

The leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states (China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) take part in a photo session before the 2019 SCO summit. Photo from the Office of the President of Russia, in the public domain.
New report, dashboard captures Beijing’s influence in East Asia & the Pacific New AidData report details how Beijing mobilizes media and students to bolster China’s image abroad. Soren Patterson
2019-12-09

New report, dashboard captures Beijing’s influence in East Asia & the Pacific

New AidData report details how Beijing mobilizes media and students to bolster China’s image abroad.

The news center of the 2018 Shanghai International Import Expo buzzes with Chinese and foreign media workers. Photo courtesy Xinhua News via Presidencia El Salvador, in the public domain.
Where are we going, where have we been? What we’ve learned about promoting data and evidence uptake An update on AidData’s three-year strategic vision to promote data and evidence uptake by policymakers and practitioners, and where we are going next. Bradley C. Parks
2019-12-03

Where are we going, where have we been? What we’ve learned about promoting data and evidence uptake

An update on AidData’s three-year strategic vision to promote data and evidence uptake by policymakers and practitioners, and where we are going next.

Dr. Bradley C. Parks, AidData's Executive Director (fourth from left, second row), with participants in the Hewlett Foundation's Evidence-Informed Policymaking Charette at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy on September 1, 2018.
Are democracies more likely to give development aid? The answer is surprising. All things being equal, poor democracies are less likely to give aid than poor autocracies, new research finds. Andreas Fuchs, Angelika Müller
2019-10-03

Are democracies more likely to give development aid? The answer is surprising.

All things being equal, poor democracies are less likely to give aid than poor autocracies, new research finds.

Children carry a bottle of detergent supplied by UKaid from the British government, as part of the UK's response to floods in Pakistan. Photo by DFID via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY 2.0).
Getting on target: A new approach for tracking financing to the SDGs We tracked over $44 billion in donor financing to the SDGs in four countries, using an updated methodology for estimating SDG-related financing. Jennifer Turner, Soren Patterson, Jacob Sims
2019-07-11

Getting on target: A new approach for tracking financing to the SDGs

We tracked over $44 billion in donor financing to the SDGs in four countries, using an updated methodology for estimating SDG-related financing.

Art by Parker Kim/AidData.
How Cambodia’s program to strengthen local governance built roads and saved lives A new report on the long-term impacts of locally-led development projects provides insights for those who work in post-conflict settings. Christian Baehr, Soren Patterson, John Custer
2019-06-24

How Cambodia’s program to strengthen local governance built roads and saved lives

A new report on the long-term impacts of locally-led development projects provides insights for those who work in post-conflict settings.

Commune council members meet to review the final draft list of poor households for each village.
Urban boundaries for 200 cities added to AidData’s GeoQuery tool Users can now access more than 60 geospatial datasets for 200 metropolitan areas across the globe through GeoQuery. Soren Patterson, Elizabeth Teare
2019-05-29

Urban boundaries for 200 cities added to AidData’s GeoQuery tool

Users can now access more than 60 geospatial datasets for 200 metropolitan areas across the globe through GeoQuery.

Screenshot of boundary options for Atlas of Urban Expansion in GeoQuery.
What would it cost for our cities to be sustainable by 2030? In partnership with UN-Habitat, AidData is developing the first methodology to help cities determine the funding needed to achieve SDG 11. Soren Patterson, Mihir Prakash
2019-05-28

What would it cost for our cities to be sustainable by 2030?

In partnership with UN-Habitat, AidData is developing the first methodology to help cities determine the funding needed to achieve SDG 11.

A view of Allahabad, India. Allahabad is a growing, midsize city in a medium income country. Cities like this will experience dramatic population growth between now and 2030. Photo by Seba Della y Sole Bossio via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
Data, DREAMS, and Disease: How to make a health information system useful for HIV prevention? Our DREAMS Innovation Challenge project with Zambia’s National HIV/AIDS Council overcomes data gaps that hamper HIV prevention. Emilie Efronson, Parker Kim
2019-05-06

Data, DREAMS, and Disease: How to make a health information system useful for HIV prevention?

Our DREAMS Innovation Challenge project with Zambia’s National HIV/AIDS Council overcomes data gaps that hamper HIV prevention.

NAC staff, the JSI South Africa team, and AidData’s Emilie Efronson pose for a photo at the launch of the updated NACMIS system in Lusaka
Do subnational data improve resource allocation and service delivery? We synthesized insights from 31 studies that measure the effects of giving location-specific information to public officials and citizens. Bradley C. Parks, Ariel BenYishay
2019-04-09

Do subnational data improve resource allocation and service delivery?

We synthesized insights from 31 studies that measure the effects of giving location-specific information to public officials and citizens.

Cover image from the synthesis report, Can Providing Local Data on Aid and Population Needs Improve Development Decision-Making?
GeoQuery reaches 10,000 dataset requests GeoQuery, AidData’s flagship platform for creating customized geospatial datasets, today fulfilled its 10,000th data request. Soren Patterson, John Custer
2019-04-03

GeoQuery reaches 10,000 dataset requests

GeoQuery, AidData’s flagship platform for creating customized geospatial datasets, today fulfilled its 10,000th data request.