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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.

Powerful lessons for global development How much foreign direct investment are China and Russia putting into low- and middle-income countries? How much of China’s foreign aid supports their own strategic economic development? These are just some of the questions students are helping to answer at AidData. Leslie McCullough
2020-03-19

Powerful lessons for global development

How much foreign direct investment are China and Russia putting into low- and middle-income countries? How much of China’s foreign aid supports their own strategic economic development? These are just some of the questions students are helping to answer at AidData.

Evaluating the impacts of a food security program in the face of climate shocks A recent evaluation highlights how severe climate shocks hindered the long-term impacts of a USAID food security program in Malawi. Soren Patterson
2020-02-18

Evaluating the impacts of a food security program in the face of climate shocks

A recent evaluation highlights how severe climate shocks hindered the long-term impacts of a USAID food security program in Malawi.

An enumerator surveys a village resident in Malawi. Photo by Katherine Nolan.
Five lessons on counting the costs of sustainable cities We share lessons learned from our work with UN-Habitat to understand the financing needed to achieve SDG 11 at the city level. Mihir Prakash, John Custer
2020-02-07

Five lessons on counting the costs of sustainable cities

We share lessons learned from our work with UN-Habitat to understand the financing needed to achieve SDG 11 at the city level.

The densely crowded, colorful apartment blocks of Hong Kong’s so-called “Monster Building,” built in the 1960s, contrast with a more modern high-rise apartment building on the left. Photo by Denis Ng on Unsplash.
Unlocking geospatial data for global development AidData looks back, looks ahead. Seth Goodman, Dan Runfola, Elizabeth Teare
2020-02-04

Unlocking geospatial data for global development

AidData looks back, looks ahead.

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.