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AidData launches new research initiative on gender equity in development The initiative seeks to address the hurdles inherent in gender-based research, applying geospatial data and rigorous impact evaluations of development programs to produce policy-relevant findings. Monica Maher, Sarina Patterson
2022-07-08

AidData launches new research initiative on gender equity in development

The initiative seeks to address the hurdles inherent in gender-based research, applying geospatial data and rigorous impact evaluations of development programs to produce policy-relevant findings.

Evelyne and Adoko, seasoned fabric traders, at their shop in a commercial district of Lomé. The Nana Benz women were a group of Togolese fabric traders who became activists for women’s liberation, selling fabric prints bearing names such as “If You Go Out, I Go Out,” and “When a Woman Passes, Men Pass Away.” Photo by the World Bank/Stephan Gladieu via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
As Mali weathers climate change, can irrigation projects help farmers adapt? A new geospatial impact evaluation by AidData examines the complicated impacts of irrigation interventions in the context of Mali’s ongoing armed conflict. Alex Wooley
2022-07-07

As Mali weathers climate change, can irrigation projects help farmers adapt?

A new geospatial impact evaluation by AidData examines the complicated impacts of irrigation interventions in the context of Mali’s ongoing armed conflict.

This satellite image shows the Tomboctou-Timbuktu region in the northern part of Mali, along the Niger River. Photo by Google Earth.
W&M hosts inaugural conference on China’s global influence During the June 22-24 conference at the W&M School of Education, participants worked to separate fact from fiction while analyzing China’s growing global influence through plenary sessions, working groups, keynote addresses and poster presentations. Martha Reilly/Global Research Institute
2022-07-06

W&M hosts inaugural conference on China’s global influence

During the June 22-24 conference at the W&M School of Education, participants worked to separate fact from fiction while analyzing China’s growing global influence through plenary sessions, working groups, keynote addresses and poster presentations.

During the day one keynote session, moderator Simon Rabinovitch engaged Carly Fiorina, Sen. Mushahid Hussain Sayed and Ambassador Jason Chung in conversation about how U.S. economic statecraft functions in an era of contested cooperation with China. Photo by Stephen Salpukas
Separating fact from fiction: China's growing global influence and its implications ‍William & Mary’s inaugural 2022 China Convening gathers a diverse group of global leaders to stimulate evidence-informed dialogue on China. Samantha Custer and Sarina Patterson
2022-06-22

Separating fact from fiction: China's growing global influence and its implications

‍William & Mary’s inaugural 2022 China Convening gathers a diverse group of global leaders to stimulate evidence-informed dialogue on China.

Banner from William & Mary's Inaugural China Conference
How China’s lending activities affect the political survival of leaders A new AidData Working Paper explores how the co-occurrence of Chinese loans and IMF programs affects leader tenure, finding that Beijing’s loans prolong the tenure of leaders—especially if they are corrupt.  Andreas Kern, Bernhard Reinsberg, and Patrick E. Shea
2022-05-16

How China’s lending activities affect the political survival of leaders

A new AidData Working Paper explores how the co-occurrence of Chinese loans and IMF programs affects leader tenure, finding that Beijing’s loans prolong the tenure of leaders—especially if they are corrupt. 

Photo by Simone D. McCourtie/World Bank via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
Competing visions for the Indian Ocean: China’s influence in South and Central Asia China has positioned itself as an indispensable partner for the Maldives and Sri Lanka, adapting economic tools to advance multiple objectives. What are the implications? Samantha Custer
2022-05-12

Competing visions for the Indian Ocean: China’s influence in South and Central Asia

China has positioned itself as an indispensable partner for the Maldives and Sri Lanka, adapting economic tools to advance multiple objectives. What are the implications?

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chinese President Xi Jinping inspect the model structure of the Chinese-financed Colombo port city project at the official commissioning ceremony in 2014. Photo by Mahinda Rajapaska via Flickr, licensed under (CC BY-NC 2.0).
Banking on Beijing: The Aims and Impacts of China's Overseas Development Program A new 400-page book from five leading scholars chronicles China’s transformation—in the space of a generation—from a net recipient to a dominant provider of international development finance. Alex Wooley
2022-05-05

Banking on Beijing: The Aims and Impacts of China's Overseas Development Program

A new 400-page book from five leading scholars chronicles China’s transformation—in the space of a generation—from a net recipient to a dominant provider of international development finance.

How we constructed the world’s largest dataset on China’s overseas spending A behind-the-scenes look at AidData’s latest methodology to track underreported financial flows from China to the developing world. Kyra Solomon, Bradley C. Parks
2022-04-12

How we constructed the world’s largest dataset on China’s overseas spending

A behind-the-scenes look at AidData’s latest methodology to track underreported financial flows from China to the developing world.

A vessel arrives at the Port of Djibouti in October 2019. The port was partially owned and operated by DP World and China Merchants Holdings, until its container facility was seized by the government of Djibouti in February 2018. Photo by Davide Monteleone, all rights reserved; used by AidData with permission.
Testing transparency’s benefits: When does it truly improve how institutions perform? New research in the American Journal of Political Science tests how aid transparency initiatives impact project performance, using a novel dataset of 20,000+ project ratings. Sarina Patterson
2022-03-28

Testing transparency’s benefits: When does it truly improve how institutions perform?

New research in the American Journal of Political Science tests how aid transparency initiatives impact project performance, using a novel dataset of 20,000+ project ratings.

A photo of a crowd of people at the World Bank's IMF Spring Meeting.
Global insights with national implications: AidData’s policy engagements on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor A new AidData policy brief explores the growing debt sustainability challenges of CPEC, a portfolio of Chinese-funded infrastructure projects in Pakistan worth $62 billion. Alex Wooley
2022-03-22

Global insights with national implications: AidData’s policy engagements on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

A new AidData policy brief explores the growing debt sustainability challenges of CPEC, a portfolio of Chinese-funded infrastructure projects in Pakistan worth $62 billion.

On November 2, 2021, Dr. Ammar A. Malik, senior research scientist at AidData, delivered a seminar in Islamabad, Pakistan hosted by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute, presenting key findings from Banking on the Belt and Road, including policy implications for Pakistan. Source: https://tinyurl.com/ya8ob6qy
AidData publishes a controversial $200m Chinese loan contract for Uganda’s main airport A source of international concern, the loan contract shows China Eximbank does not have any legal grounds to seize Entebbe International Airport—but it has required the Government of Uganda to keep cash collateral in an escrow account that can be seized in the event of default. Brad Parks, Ammar Malik, Alex Wooley
2022-02-27

AidData publishes a controversial $200m Chinese loan contract for Uganda’s main airport

A source of international concern, the loan contract shows China Eximbank does not have any legal grounds to seize Entebbe International Airport—but it has required the Government of Uganda to keep cash collateral in an escrow account that can be seized in the event of default.

A Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft operated by Uganda Airlines arrives at Mogadishu on its maiden flight from Entebbe Airport on August 29, 2019. Photo by AMISOM Public Information via Flickr, in the public domain.
Eyes in the sky: The evolving use of drones in international development efforts AidData’s Geospatial Scientist Kunwar Singh on how drones are helping revolutionize aspects of international development research. Monica Maher, Sarina Patterson
2022-02-02

Eyes in the sky: The evolving use of drones in international development efforts

AidData’s Geospatial Scientist Kunwar Singh on how drones are helping revolutionize aspects of international development research.

Drones in use to monitor rice crops at CIAT's headquarters in Colombia. Photo by CIAT via Flickr, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.