Evaluating irrigation projects when survey data sources run dry
A USAID water management program in Afghanistan greened fields in ways that can be seen from space.
Financier of first resort: China’s bid to be lender of choice for the developing world
In a new book published today, we examine how Beijing proactively seeks investment opportunities for its excess capital overseas to advance its national interests.
In fragile states, increasing citizen trust in democracy
AidData is surveying thousands of households in Niger to evaluate a USAID project that aims to strengthen government accountability.
GeoSIMEX: A better method for handling geospatial imprecision
Analysts need to find ways to live with the reality of noisy and imprecise geospatial data. GeoSIMEX may be able to help.
The Cloudera Foundation awards AidData $1,152,000 to expand use of GeoQuery for social impact
Measuring and responding to demand for official statistics
Statistical agencies are prioritizing international development partners over domestic users. How can data producers and funders improve domestic data use?
Good news for rare birds: Development projects that don’t harm the environment
New research evaluating World Bank development projects, including those that pose the most environmental risks, finds no harm to important bird habitats.
Counting on statistics: What can data producers and donors do differently to increase use?
A new report from AidData surveys hundreds of government officials in developing countries to understand what they need to better produce and use official statistics.
USAID roads project sparked—and shifted—economic activity in West Bank
AidData merged high-resolution nighttime lights imagery with precisely-located road improvements to discover how a $900-million investment impacted the Palestinian economy.
AidData wins two-year Millennium Challenge Corporation award
The MCC awards AidData $400,000 to develop new methods using high-resolution satellite data to more accurately and frequently monitor the impacts of land reforms on poverty and land use.
Chinese infrastructure investments reduce inequalities in developing countries
A new AidData working paper analyzes Chinese infrastructure's impacts using the most comprehensive dataset of Chinese development project locations ever assembled.