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The Cloudera Foundation awards AidData $1,152,000 to expand use of GeoQuery for social impact Soren Patterson, Alex Wooley
2018-12-06

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? Mihir Prakash, Tanya Sethi
2018-12-04

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. Soren Patterson
2018-11-01

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. Soren Patterson, Tanya Sethi
2018-10-21

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. Elizabeth Teare
2018-10-08

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. Elizabeth Teare, Soren Patterson
2018-10-04

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. Soren Patterson, Bradley Parks
2018-09-11

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.

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. Soren Patterson
2018-08-01

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.

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. Alex Wooley
2018-06-26

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.

New report reveals how donors perform in “customer satisfaction survey” of foreign aid Alex Wooley
2018-05-31

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

Report: Climate change among least important issues according to developing countries Alex Wooley
2018-05-31

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

Report: China, India winning friends in the developing world, but lag far behind U.S. Alex Wooley
2018-05-31

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

Tuned-in or tone-deaf? Leaders and citizens agree, diverge on priorities for poorer countries Alex Wooley
2018-05-31

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

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. Jennifer Turner, Lauren Harrison, Soren Patterson
2018-05-11

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.

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. Jim Ducibella, W&M News
2018-05-08

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.

Breaking boundaries The GeoBoundaries team at AidData has now made over 600 sets of administrative boundaries freely available for 196 countries across the globe. Rachel Oberman, Seth Goodman
2018-04-26

Breaking boundaries

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

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. Mac McDermott, Soren Patterson
2018-04-12

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.

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. Gerda Asmus, Andreas Fuchs, Angelika Müller
2018-04-09

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.

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. Samantha Custer
2018-03-22

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.

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. Soren Patterson, Jennifer Turner, Jacob Sims
2018-03-13

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.

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. John Custer, Alex Wooley
2018-03-13

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.

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. Emilie Efronson, Jacob Sims
2018-03-06

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.

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. Tanya Sethi
2018-02-21

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.

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. Carolyn Iwicki, John Custer, Rachel Trichler, Soren Patterson
2018-02-15

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.

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. Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Brad Parks, Austin Strange, and Mike Tierney
2018-02-06

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.

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. Soren Patterson, John Custer
2018-01-23

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.

Strengthening Côte d’Ivoire’s health sector with open data Researchers from AidData will travel to Côte d’Ivoire to lead development of a USAID-funded geospatial data center. Jacob Sims, Carolyn Iwicki
2017-12-04

Strengthening Côte d’Ivoire’s health sector with open data

Researchers from AidData will travel to Côte d’Ivoire to lead development of a USAID-funded geospatial data center.

Decoding Data Use: What evidence do world leaders want to achieve their goals? A new AidData report illuminates the black box of how leaders source evidence and use it to accelerate development in low- and middle-income countries. Samantha Custer, Takaaki Masaki, and Carolyn Iwicki
2017-11-28

Decoding Data Use: What evidence do world leaders want to achieve their goals?

A new AidData report illuminates the black box of how leaders source evidence and use it to accelerate development in low- and middle-income countries.

Realizing Agenda 2030: Not just more, but better financing needed to succeed How do the global goals crowd in international financing and inform domestic priorities? A new AidData report assesses the historical baseline for funding to the SDGs. Samantha Custer, Tanya Sethi, Carolyn Iwicki
2017-11-06

Realizing Agenda 2030: Not just more, but better financing needed to succeed

How do the global goals crowd in international financing and inform domestic priorities? A new AidData report assesses the historical baseline for funding to the SDGs.

AidData releases first-ever global dataset on China’s development spending spree Five years in the making, AidData’s data collection effort has captured more than USD $350 billion in foreign aid and other forms of state financing that China committed to five major regions of the world. Alex Wooley, Soren Patterson
2017-10-11

AidData releases first-ever global dataset on China’s development spending spree

Five years in the making, AidData’s data collection effort has captured more than USD $350 billion in foreign aid and other forms of state financing that China committed to five major regions of the world.

Beyond the Tyranny of Averages: AidData report highlights unequal development within countries Relying on averages is worsening inequality within countries. We look at whether aid financing reaches the poorest regions, and find that donors are missing the mark. Samantha Custer, Carolyn Iwicki
2017-09-28

Beyond the Tyranny of Averages: AidData report highlights unequal development within countries

Relying on averages is worsening inequality within countries. We look at whether aid financing reaches the poorest regions, and find that donors are missing the mark.

Success in the streets: A hackathon for Sustainable Cities #Hack4TheCity focused on the challenges and opportunities for sustainable growth in Uganda's cities. Katherine Whitton
2017-09-22

Success in the streets: A hackathon for Sustainable Cities

#Hack4TheCity focused on the challenges and opportunities for sustainable growth in Uganda's cities.

Harnessing open data to help the most vulnerable in Uganda One organization in Kampala is working to make open data more usable and accessible for citizens. Hina Acharya
2017-09-18

Harnessing open data to help the most vulnerable in Uganda

One organization in Kampala is working to make open data more usable and accessible for citizens.

Foreign aid's commitment problem For development agencies and country governments to reach “go” on aid policies—and then uphold their commitments—is no small feat. Haley Swedlund
2017-09-15

Foreign aid's commitment problem

For development agencies and country governments to reach “go” on aid policies—and then uphold their commitments—is no small feat.

Where is AidData heading next? A sneak peek at our 3-year strategic vision We'll work to produce cutting-edge innovations in data, methods, and analysis to help leaders in development make better-informed decisions. Bradley C. Parks
2017-09-12

Where is AidData heading next? A sneak peek at our 3-year strategic vision

We'll work to produce cutting-edge innovations in data, methods, and analysis to help leaders in development make better-informed decisions.

Building a geospatial revolution Geocoding the globe! In our five years of partnership with USAID, we located over 130,000 development activities and $750 billion in assistance. Alena Stern
2017-09-07

Building a geospatial revolution

Geocoding the globe! In our five years of partnership with USAID, we located over 130,000 development activities and $750 billion in assistance.

Supporting evaluation at USAID through a global research network Lowering the barriers for researchers to collaborate directly with those who set development policy means innovations reach the field sooner. Jessica Wells
2017-09-04

Supporting evaluation at USAID through a global research network

Lowering the barriers for researchers to collaborate directly with those who set development policy means innovations reach the field sooner.

Expanding USAID's capacity for data-driven decisions AidData Summer Fellows afford USAID Missions the opportunity to establish a basis for sustained geospatial work to enhance their development programs. Alena Stern
2017-08-31

Expanding USAID's capacity for data-driven decisions

AidData Summer Fellows afford USAID Missions the opportunity to establish a basis for sustained geospatial work to enhance their development programs.

Spreading geocoded aid information through the AidData Summer Fellows Student fellows funded by USAID have spread geospatial data and analysis to development organizations that can best use it to improve their communities. Carey Glenn
2017-08-29

Spreading geocoded aid information through the AidData Summer Fellows

Student fellows funded by USAID have spread geospatial data and analysis to development organizations that can best use it to improve their communities.

Allocating funding fairly in Nepal Geocoded data has empowered government officials to more effectively negotiate with donors and advance Nepal’s development interests. Alena Stern, Dustin Homer
2017-08-22

Allocating funding fairly in Nepal

Geocoded data has empowered government officials to more effectively negotiate with donors and advance Nepal’s development interests.

Making development data fit for purpose in Senegal By calling attention to barriers to the use of development data and making actionable recommendations, an AidData report helped renew investment in Senegal's aid management platform. Alena Stern, Vanessa Sanchez
2017-08-01

Making development data fit for purpose in Senegal

By calling attention to barriers to the use of development data and making actionable recommendations, an AidData report helped renew investment in Senegal's aid management platform.

Papers selected for workshop on tracking international aid from emerging economies Twelve teams of 27 authors will present their proposals at a workshop this September in Heidelberg, Germany. Soren Patterson, Carolyn Iwicki
2017-07-25

Papers selected for workshop on tracking international aid from emerging economies

Twelve teams of 27 authors will present their proposals at a workshop this September in Heidelberg, Germany.

AidData DREAMS at #AfData17 to allocate HIV/AIDS resources more effectively Our PEPFAR-funded project is working to improve targeting of aid investments for reducing HIV/AIDs rates among young women. Sol Eskenazi
2017-07-11

AidData DREAMS at #AfData17 to allocate HIV/AIDS resources more effectively

Our PEPFAR-funded project is working to improve targeting of aid investments for reducing HIV/AIDs rates among young women.

AidData-Afrobarometer partnership produces geocoded public-attitude survey data for 37 African countries The new dataset represents the most precise and consistent geocoding of Afrobarometer's surveys to date. Ariel BenYishay, Dan Runfola, Renee Rotberg, Jessica Wells, Miranda Lv, Seth Goodman, Lidia Kovacevic
2017-06-12

AidData-Afrobarometer partnership produces geocoded public-attitude survey data for 37 African countries

The new dataset represents the most precise and consistent geocoding of Afrobarometer's surveys to date.

From Williamsburg to the world: AidData Summer Fellows launch their journey Announcing the Summer Fellows Class of 2017, and a new gift to support international experiential learning and research. Leigh Seitz, Soren Patterson
2017-06-09

From Williamsburg to the world: AidData Summer Fellows launch their journey

Announcing the Summer Fellows Class of 2017, and a new gift to support international experiential learning and research.

When does multilateral development finance provide better value-for-money? AidData's Brad Parks, Mike Tierney, and Daniel Nielson highlight insights from their co-edited special issue of the Review of International Organizations. Brad Parks, Mike Tierney, Dan Nielson
2017-05-15

When does multilateral development finance provide better value-for-money?

AidData's Brad Parks, Mike Tierney, and Daniel Nielson highlight insights from their co-edited special issue of the Review of International Organizations.

Fanning the sparks of corruption? A Chinese dragon haunts Tanzania Chinese aid's lack of transparency leads to questions about whether it will contribute to or undermine other development efforts, particularly those of traditional donors like the World Bank. Carolyn Iwicki, Soren Patterson
2017-04-18

Fanning the sparks of corruption? A Chinese dragon haunts Tanzania

Chinese aid's lack of transparency leads to questions about whether it will contribute to or undermine other development efforts, particularly those of traditional donors like the World Bank.

Call for Proposals: Workshop on tracking international aid from emerging economies Submit a one-page proposal to receive pre-publication access to unpublished datasets, including AidData's forthcoming China global dataset, and to present at Heidelberg University this September.
2017-04-13

Call for Proposals: Workshop on tracking international aid from emerging economies

Submit a one-page proposal to receive pre-publication access to unpublished datasets, including AidData's forthcoming China global dataset, and to present at Heidelberg University this September.

Data for development: Measuring only what we use Every dollar spent on data is a dollar not spent on life-saving vaccines or key environmental protections — so we should not collect data that we will not use. Alena Stern
2017-04-06

Data for development: Measuring only what we use

Every dollar spent on data is a dollar not spent on life-saving vaccines or key environmental protections — so we should not collect data that we will not use.

Avoiding Data Graveyards: How can we overcome barriers to data use? Development practitioners track mortality rates for scourges like HIV/AIDS, and malaria. But nobody tracks the mortality rate of data. Samantha Custer, Tanya Sethi, John Custer
2017-03-22

Avoiding Data Graveyards: How can we overcome barriers to data use?

Development practitioners track mortality rates for scourges like HIV/AIDS, and malaria. But nobody tracks the mortality rate of data.

No one left behind: Why we need granular data to respond to hotspots in the U.S. and beyond The story of why deadly "hotspots" of high lead levels in U.S. neighborhoods went undetected for years, and how data can help address these pockets of inequality. Bradley C. Parks, Samantha Custer
2017-03-17

No one left behind: Why we need granular data to respond to hotspots in the U.S. and beyond

The story of why deadly "hotspots" of high lead levels in U.S. neighborhoods went undetected for years, and how data can help address these pockets of inequality.

Counting the “missing millions”: Disruptive ideas to leave no one behind Three reasons why the status quo of development data isn't good enough—and three examples of how we can change it. Samantha Custer
2017-03-08

Counting the “missing millions”: Disruptive ideas to leave no one behind

Three reasons why the status quo of development data isn't good enough—and three examples of how we can change it.

What are development corridor strategies, and do they work? Liberia made foreign direct investment (FDI) the centerpiece of its development strategy. We examine how these natural resource concessions affected local economic growth. Bradley C. Parks, John Custer, Soren Patterson
2017-02-16

What are development corridor strategies, and do they work?

Liberia made foreign direct investment (FDI) the centerpiece of its development strategy. We examine how these natural resource concessions affected local economic growth.

Chinese-funded infrastructure in endangered forests: What is the data telling us? The picture becomes clearer when breaking down the effects within each country. Ariel BenYishay, Bradley C. Parks, Daniel Runfola, Rachel Trichler, Soren Patterson
2017-02-14

Chinese-funded infrastructure in endangered forests: What is the data telling us?

The picture becomes clearer when breaking down the effects within each country.

Want to reform aid? Double down on impact evaluations More investment in evaluation would determine which types of projects deliver the best results, and reassure American taxpayers that foreign aid can provide good value-for-money. Bradley C. Parks, John Custer, Soren Patterson
2017-02-07

Want to reform aid? Double down on impact evaluations

More investment in evaluation would determine which types of projects deliver the best results, and reassure American taxpayers that foreign aid can provide good value-for-money.

AidData launches new Listening to Leaders survey The survey will collect data from thousands of leaders on which development partners they prefer to work with, and why. Soren Patterson, Rebecca Latourell, Samantha Custer
2017-02-01

AidData launches new Listening to Leaders survey

The survey will collect data from thousands of leaders on which development partners they prefer to work with, and why.

Is governance data “good enough”? World leaders want more transparency, greater context Relevance and credibility rise to the top as key attributes of good governance data, snap poll finds. Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer
2017-01-31

Is governance data “good enough”? World leaders want more transparency, greater context

Relevance and credibility rise to the top as key attributes of good governance data, snap poll finds.

Using machine learning to combat environmental degredation on a global scale Leveraging machine learning algorithms to sift through terabytes of high-resolution satellite data, a new report by AidData and the Global Environment Facility has identified the factors that contribute to land degradation on a global scale. Soren Patterson, John Custer
2017-01-11

Using machine learning to combat environmental degredation on a global scale

Leveraging machine learning algorithms to sift through terabytes of high-resolution satellite data, a new report by AidData and the Global Environment Facility has identified the factors that contribute to land degradation on a global scale.

Rating the 2016 project performance disclosure practices of 50 donors Despite the fact that most funders of overseas development projects are now signatories to major transparency initiatives like IATI and the Open Government Partnership, only two donors systematically publish standardized project performance ratings. Bradley C. Parks, Daniel Koslovsky
2016-12-19

Rating the 2016 project performance disclosure practices of 50 donors

Despite the fact that most funders of overseas development projects are now signatories to major transparency initiatives like IATI and the Open Government Partnership, only two donors systematically publish standardized project performance ratings.

Country ownership and aid: Learning from partner country perceptions of the US government Can the US government improve the local ownership of its foreign aid programs by adopting more of the practices that its partner countries regard as useful? Bradley C. Parks, Takaaki Masaki
2016-12-14

Country ownership and aid: Learning from partner country perceptions of the US government

Can the US government improve the local ownership of its foreign aid programs by adopting more of the practices that its partner countries regard as useful?

From Pork to Performance: Follow the Money; It’s the Tip of the Iceberg Can technology and transparency disrupt the status quo of pork-barrel politics and produce digital dividends by moving government performance out of the shadows and into the spotlight? Samantha Custer, Hanif Rahemtulla, Kai Kaiser, Rogier van den Brink
2016-12-05

From Pork to Performance: Follow the Money; It’s the Tip of the Iceberg

Can technology and transparency disrupt the status quo of pork-barrel politics and produce digital dividends by moving government performance out of the shadows and into the spotlight?

Three insights into what data users demand: Are open data advocates listening? In early 2016, the AidData Center for Development Policy interviewed close to 200 policymakers and practitioners in three countries about their demand for data in the sectors of education, health and agriculture. Here's what we heard. Tanya Sethi, Soren Patterson
2016-12-01

Three insights into what data users demand: Are open data advocates listening?

In early 2016, the AidData Center for Development Policy interviewed close to 200 policymakers and practitioners in three countries about their demand for data in the sectors of education, health and agriculture. Here's what we heard.

Parceling out prosperity? Tracking and evaluating the impacts of natural resource concessions in Liberia How concerned would you be if a third of your country's land was granted to foreign investors? Bradley C. Parks
2016-11-22

Parceling out prosperity? Tracking and evaluating the impacts of natural resource concessions in Liberia

How concerned would you be if a third of your country's land was granted to foreign investors?

Context matters in foreign aid’s effect on violence Does foreign aid to conflict-prone countries make them more stable, and decrease the frequency and intensity of conflict? Research on the complicated nexus between aid and conflict has produced conflicting results, with no consensus on foreign aid’s true effects. Carolyn Iwicki, Soren Patterson
2016-11-17

Context matters in foreign aid’s effect on violence

Does foreign aid to conflict-prone countries make them more stable, and decrease the frequency and intensity of conflict? Research on the complicated nexus between aid and conflict has produced conflicting results, with no consensus on foreign aid’s true effects.

Quantifying remoteness: A scale of accessibility across Nepal More than two weeks after a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the country and killed nearly 9,000 people in April of 2015, the first help to reach the highest village in Makalu region was a single man. Hannah Dempsey
2016-11-03

Quantifying remoteness: A scale of accessibility across Nepal

More than two weeks after a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the country and killed nearly 9,000 people in April of 2015, the first help to reach the highest village in Makalu region was a single man.

Aid to refugee camps brings help — and harm Humanitarian aid has become an increasingly crucial component of the international community’s response to violent conflict. In some ways, it might be making things worse. Carolyn Iwicki, Soren Patterson
2016-10-27

Aid to refugee camps brings help — and harm

Humanitarian aid has become an increasingly crucial component of the international community’s response to violent conflict. In some ways, it might be making things worse.

Debt, deals, and dictators: How Africa’s autocrats adapt to aid requirements Do Western donors' aid recipient requirements really constraint autocrats' repressive abilities? Carolyn Iwicki, Soren Patterson
2016-10-25

Debt, deals, and dictators: How Africa’s autocrats adapt to aid requirements

Do Western donors' aid recipient requirements really constraint autocrats' repressive abilities?

Aid and the intensity of violence: Can good intentions backfire? Do foreign aid commitments to countries experiencing ongoing violent conflict affect the intensity of violence in different regions? One theory says "yes." Carolyn Iwicki, Soren Patterson
2016-10-20

Aid and the intensity of violence: Can good intentions backfire?

Do foreign aid commitments to countries experiencing ongoing violent conflict affect the intensity of violence in different regions? One theory says "yes."

Untangling the complex relationship between aid and conflict with subnational data Outside actors frequently try to address the causes and consequences of civil conflict by offering aid to “one side” or to innocents caught in the middle. However, there are still some unanswered fudamental questions regarding aid's real effect on conflict. Bradley C. Parks, Caroline Bergeron
2016-10-18

Untangling the complex relationship between aid and conflict with subnational data

Outside actors frequently try to address the causes and consequences of civil conflict by offering aid to “one side” or to innocents caught in the middle. However, there are still some unanswered fudamental questions regarding aid's real effect on conflict.

The changing tactics of aid when partisanship runs high The U.S. distributes almost twice as much foreign aid as any other nation; in 2015 alone the U.S. spent about $27.4 billion on foreign assistance. What happens when an uncooperative Congress makes it difficult for the executive branch to allocate bilateral aid? Carolyn Iwicki, Soren Patterson
2016-10-13

The changing tactics of aid when partisanship runs high

The U.S. distributes almost twice as much foreign aid as any other nation; in 2015 alone the U.S. spent about $27.4 billion on foreign assistance. What happens when an uncooperative Congress makes it difficult for the executive branch to allocate bilateral aid?

Suits on the ground: Does "ground game" buy influence? Does “ground game” — the strength of a development partner’s local presence and direct engagement with recipient government officials — affect how in-country decision makers assess the performance of development partners? Sol Eskenazi, Tanya Sethi, Soren Patterson
2016-10-12

Suits on the ground: Does "ground game" buy influence?

Does “ground game” — the strength of a development partner’s local presence and direct engagement with recipient government officials — affect how in-country decision makers assess the performance of development partners?

Groundbreaking study on how developing world leaders view German aid The study is the first to analyze Germany’s official development assistance activities based on the experiences, observations, and opinions of decision makers in the countries that German aid agencies seek to help. John Custer, Soren Patterson
2016-10-10

Groundbreaking study on how developing world leaders view German aid

The study is the first to analyze Germany’s official development assistance activities based on the experiences, observations, and opinions of decision makers in the countries that German aid agencies seek to help.

Small but mighty: Denmark ranks highly as a development partner, according to report Denmark is one of only six countries in the world to achieve the UN's development assistance target, though this is only part of the equation for development success. How do Denmark’s development efforts measure up from the perspective of its partner countries? Samantha Custer, Soren Patterson
2016-10-05

Small but mighty: Denmark ranks highly as a development partner, according to report

Denmark is one of only six countries in the world to achieve the UN's development assistance target, though this is only part of the equation for development success. How do Denmark’s development efforts measure up from the perspective of its partner countries?

AidData publishes geocoded dataset on Chinese financing in ecological hotspots The dataset captures $161 billion in financial commitments between 2000 and 2014 and extends the geographical coverage of AidData’s existing database of Chinese development projects in Africa to parts of Asia and Latin America. Ariel BenYishay, Bradley C. Parks, Daniel Runfola, Rachel Trichler
2016-09-30

AidData publishes geocoded dataset on Chinese financing in ecological hotspots

The dataset captures $161 billion in financial commitments between 2000 and 2014 and extends the geographical coverage of AidData’s existing database of Chinese development projects in Africa to parts of Asia and Latin America.

Four open data speed bumps on the road to ending hunger Without the right information at their fingertips, development decision-makers are flying blind, relying on intuition rather than evidence in their efforts to zero out hunger by 2030. Samantha Custer
2016-09-27

Four open data speed bumps on the road to ending hunger

Without the right information at their fingertips, development decision-makers are flying blind, relying on intuition rather than evidence in their efforts to zero out hunger by 2030.

Viewing poverty more clearly — from space Ground-breaking research by Stanford University scientists has combined satellite imagery taken from space and machine learning to bring better measurements of poverty and economic development within reach. Soren Patterson, John Custer
2016-08-18

Viewing poverty more clearly — from space

Ground-breaking research by Stanford University scientists has combined satellite imagery taken from space and machine learning to bring better measurements of poverty and economic development within reach.

Sunlight for growth: AidData joins GODAN Action to open up data in agriculture and nutrition GODAN Action will seek to leverage open data to increase crop yields, improve nutrition for consumers, and promote evidence-based policymaking. Soren Patterson
2016-08-17

Sunlight for growth: AidData joins GODAN Action to open up data in agriculture and nutrition

GODAN Action will seek to leverage open data to increase crop yields, improve nutrition for consumers, and promote evidence-based policymaking.

How do other countries perceive the US government's global development influence? With the recent White House Global Development Summit and passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA), it is an opportune time to reflect on lessons learned from the United States’ performance as a development partner. Tanya Sethi, Takaaki Masaki
2016-08-09

How do other countries perceive the US government's global development influence?

With the recent White House Global Development Summit and passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA), it is an opportune time to reflect on lessons learned from the United States’ performance as a development partner.

PEPFAR Innovation Challenge to reduce HIV/AIDS in Africa awards AidData two-year project AidData will produce new tools and analysis to support policymakers making crucial healthcare decisions in the fight against HIV/AIDS. John Custer
2016-07-20

PEPFAR Innovation Challenge to reduce HIV/AIDS in Africa awards AidData two-year project

AidData will produce new tools and analysis to support policymakers making crucial healthcare decisions in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

AidData Summer Fellows begin worldwide journey at “Bootcamp” training Now in its fourth year, the Summer Fellowship program continues to provide opportunities for future leaders in the field of international development to gain hands-on experience abroad. Nathaniel Clemens
2016-06-10

AidData Summer Fellows begin worldwide journey at “Bootcamp” training

Now in its fourth year, the Summer Fellowship program continues to provide opportunities for future leaders in the field of international development to gain hands-on experience abroad.

Tracking investment in disability inclusive development How do we ensure people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups are included in the post-2015 development agenda? Jacob Sims, Valerie Karr, Rayna Verbeck, Ashley Coates, Callie Brusegaard, Sarah Alem
2016-06-01

Tracking investment in disability inclusive development

How do we ensure people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups are included in the post-2015 development agenda?

Crowding in funding for the SDGs: Reflections on the missing development trillions Now that the world has agreed on 17 goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators for the SDGs, the dialogue is shifting towards the “price tag” the SDGs come with. Estimates on this abound, and are in the range of $3-5 trillion. Tanya Sethi
2016-05-25

Crowding in funding for the SDGs: Reflections on the missing development trillions

Now that the world has agreed on 17 goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators for the SDGs, the dialogue is shifting towards the “price tag” the SDGs come with. Estimates on this abound, and are in the range of $3-5 trillion.

Does foreign aid fuel trust? Unexpected evidence from Uganda Initial findings suggest that aid has a positive effect on future growth potential by fostering social capital, which can be converted into future economic gains. Alexandra D'Onofrio, Giuseppe Maggio
2016-05-11

Does foreign aid fuel trust? Unexpected evidence from Uganda

Initial findings suggest that aid has a positive effect on future growth potential by fostering social capital, which can be converted into future economic gains.

Making data matter for development: Introducing the 2016 AidData Summer Fellows This year’s 16 fellows will assist host organizations in Bangladesh, Ghana, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Uganda. Carey Glenn, Christopher Katella
2016-05-03

Making data matter for development: Introducing the 2016 AidData Summer Fellows

This year’s 16 fellows will assist host organizations in Bangladesh, Ghana, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Uganda.

Announcing AidData’s Core 3.0 Research Release AidData’s Core Research Release (Version 3.0) is our most comprehensive dataset tracking international development finance. Brooke Russell, Scott Stewart
2016-04-25

Announcing AidData’s Core 3.0 Research Release

AidData’s Core Research Release (Version 3.0) is our most comprehensive dataset tracking international development finance.

Reflections on this week’s coverage in The Economist In “Apples and Dragon Fruits,” we analyze the factors that motivate China’s provision of official financing from China to Africa. One of the core findings is highlighted in this week’s edition of The Economist. We’d like to take this opportunity to clarify our findings. Bradley C. Parks, Mike Tierney, Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Austin Strange
2016-04-18

Reflections on this week’s coverage in The Economist

In “Apples and Dragon Fruits,” we analyze the factors that motivate China’s provision of official financing from China to Africa. One of the core findings is highlighted in this week’s edition of The Economist. We’d like to take this opportunity to clarify our findings.

Evaluating evidence from a USAID governance project in Ghana Local politicians and bureaucrats in low- and middle-income countries play a crucial role in the distribution of aid dollars, acting as gatekeepers in determining which constituents receive aid, and to what degree that assistance is effective. Let's look at Ghana as an example. Erik Wibbels, Nahomi Ichino, Martin Williams
2016-04-12

Evaluating evidence from a USAID governance project in Ghana

Local politicians and bureaucrats in low- and middle-income countries play a crucial role in the distribution of aid dollars, acting as gatekeepers in determining which constituents receive aid, and to what degree that assistance is effective. Let's look at Ghana as an example.

Walking the talk: Lessons learned and looking ahead to wave two of AidData’s Omnibus Survey As international pressure mounts to deliver on commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is ever more important for development actors to understand how they can maximize their effectiveness and be helpful partners. Rebecca Latourell
2016-03-31

Walking the talk: Lessons learned and looking ahead to wave two of AidData’s Omnibus Survey

As international pressure mounts to deliver on commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is ever more important for development actors to understand how they can maximize their effectiveness and be helpful partners.

“Beyond Africa”: A glimpse into AidData’s forthcoming dataset on Chinese financing in ecological hotspots The forthcoming dataset captures more than 1100 Chinese projects from 2000 to 2014 in 19 countries, totaling $95 billion in total official financing. Harsh Desai
2016-03-21

“Beyond Africa”: A glimpse into AidData’s forthcoming dataset on Chinese financing in ecological hotspots

The forthcoming dataset captures more than 1100 Chinese projects from 2000 to 2014 in 19 countries, totaling $95 billion in total official financing.

AidData students transform skills developed at AidData to create award-winning app The way they tell the story, app-developers Kelvin Abrokwa-Johnson and Nathan Owen were just two eager William & Mary students who came to AidData looking to gain career skills. What they came away with, though, was much more than that. Christopher Katella
2016-03-14

AidData students transform skills developed at AidData to create award-winning app

The way they tell the story, app-developers Kelvin Abrokwa-Johnson and Nathan Owen were just two eager William & Mary students who came to AidData looking to gain career skills. What they came away with, though, was much more than that.

Striking a balance: How donors can more effectively promote sustainable reform Development partner organizations must strike a fine balance between their ambitions and political reality to effectively promote meaningful reform. Zachary Rice
2016-02-05

Striking a balance: How donors can more effectively promote sustainable reform

Development partner organizations must strike a fine balance between their ambitions and political reality to effectively promote meaningful reform.

AidData and the U.S. Global Development Lab: What to look for in Y4 What to expect during the fourth year of AidData and the U.S. Global Development Lab's partnership. Ashley Napier
2015-12-22

AidData and the U.S. Global Development Lab: What to look for in Y4

What to expect during the fourth year of AidData and the U.S. Global Development Lab's partnership.

AidData and the U.S. Global Development Lab: A look back at Y3 A look back at the third year of the partnership between AidData and the U.S. Global Development Lab. Ashley Napier
2015-12-15

AidData and the U.S. Global Development Lab: A look back at Y3

A look back at the third year of the partnership between AidData and the U.S. Global Development Lab.

Does information about foreign aid change how people view their own government? There are countervailing arguments in development literature regarding foreign aid's effect on citizens' perception of their government. One team attempts to straighten things out. Simone Dietrich, Matthew Winters
2015-12-07

Does information about foreign aid change how people view their own government?

There are countervailing arguments in development literature regarding foreign aid's effect on citizens' perception of their government. One team attempts to straighten things out.

Does foreign aid undermine political institutions? Many scholars, including the recent Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton, would tend to agree. Others? Not so much. Sam Jones, Finn Tarp
2015-11-12

Does foreign aid undermine political institutions?

Many scholars, including the recent Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton, would tend to agree. Others? Not so much.

AidData’s promise to users of its data products Today marks an important milestone for AidData: we’re going public with our Data Management Plan (DMP). Brooke Russell, Scott Stewart
2015-11-09

AidData’s promise to users of its data products

Today marks an important milestone for AidData: we’re going public with our Data Management Plan (DMP).

Listening to our readers: Improvements to AidData’s Value for Money Index The Value for Money index is the first attempt to combine data on the policy influence of bilateral and multilateral development partners, as perceived by participants in the 2014 Reform Efforts Survey, with international development finance data from AidData. Samantha Custer
2015-11-04

Listening to our readers: Improvements to AidData’s Value for Money Index

The Value for Money index is the first attempt to combine data on the policy influence of bilateral and multilateral development partners, as perceived by participants in the 2014 Reform Efforts Survey, with international development finance data from AidData.

Press release: Developing world leaders speak out on aid donors The "Listening to Leaders" report draws upon the frank views of policymakers and practitioners from 126 low- and middle-income countries, and attracted the participation of high-level officials across the public, private and civil society sectors. AidData
2015-10-28

Press release: Developing world leaders speak out on aid donors

The "Listening to Leaders" report draws upon the frank views of policymakers and practitioners from 126 low- and middle-income countries, and attracted the participation of high-level officials across the public, private and civil society sectors.

Measuring the ‘health’ of AidData project records: Quality scores for development finance data based on open sources In response to user requests for simple and intuitive summary metrics of data quality at the project-level, the AidData team has developed a scoring system that we call our “Health of Record” methodology. Charles Perla
2015-10-26

Measuring the ‘health’ of AidData project records: Quality scores for development finance data based on open sources

In response to user requests for simple and intuitive summary metrics of data quality at the project-level, the AidData team has developed a scoring system that we call our “Health of Record” methodology.

What’s new in AidData’s latest Chinese development finance dataset? Last week, we released our 1.2 dataset and TUFF methodology updates. So, what are the five most important changes to come with these updates? Harsh Desai, Charles Perla
2015-10-22

What’s new in AidData’s latest Chinese development finance dataset?

Last week, we released our 1.2 dataset and TUFF methodology updates. So, what are the five most important changes to come with these updates?

Chinese “aid” to Africa: Be careful comparing apples and dragon fruits Western pundits have a narrative about China’s activities in Africa. But is this narrative true? Bradley C. Parks, Mike Tierney, Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Austin Strange
2015-10-21

Chinese “aid” to Africa: Be careful comparing apples and dragon fruits

Western pundits have a narrative about China’s activities in Africa. But is this narrative true?

No more flying blind: Join the data revolution for sustainable development Attention is quickly turning from the content of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to how these goals will be implemented. Data will be critical to track resources, monitor progress, and create accountability for results. Samantha Custer
2015-09-25

No more flying blind: Join the data revolution for sustainable development

Attention is quickly turning from the content of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to how these goals will be implemented. Data will be critical to track resources, monitor progress, and create accountability for results.

"The West can keep their 'aid'": Uganda looks East for infrastructure Uganda is currently investing in huge infrastructure projects in order to further enable industrial and economic development. The country is looking to China to supply more than $10 billion in funding for the construction of many of these projects. Robert Francis
2015-09-01

"The West can keep their 'aid'": Uganda looks East for infrastructure

Uganda is currently investing in huge infrastructure projects in order to further enable industrial and economic development. The country is looking to China to supply more than $10 billion in funding for the construction of many of these projects.

Introducing the next generation of development innovators: AidData's student Shark Tank makes a splash Inspired by a similar event held in February of 2015 in which AidData’s staff pitched innovative development ideas, teams of students developed research proposals that leverage sub-national spatial data to address relevant policy and research questions over the course of 8 weeks. Harsh Desai, Lauren Harrison
2015-08-27

Introducing the next generation of development innovators: AidData's student Shark Tank makes a splash

Inspired by a similar event held in February of 2015 in which AidData’s staff pitched innovative development ideas, teams of students developed research proposals that leverage sub-national spatial data to address relevant policy and research questions over the course of 8 weeks.

Nutrition aid: Do we have the full picture? There is a growing body of evidence that suggests some nutrition interventions have made a significant impact. Rachel Trichler, Bradley C. Parks, Scott Ickes
2015-08-04

Nutrition aid: Do we have the full picture?

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests some nutrition interventions have made a significant impact.

Take our Uganda geocoded data for a test drive and make your own map This week, we invite you to join us for a step-by-step walkthrough of some basic mapping and visualization techniques that are possible with the Level 1A data for Uganda. Alex Kappel
2015-07-31

Take our Uganda geocoded data for a test drive and make your own map

This week, we invite you to join us for a step-by-step walkthrough of some basic mapping and visualization techniques that are possible with the Level 1A data for Uganda.

Asking the right questions: AidData's Survey Practice The "Marketplace of Ideas for Policy Change" report analyzes the influence of over 100 external assessments according to over 6,750 survey participants, and it makes some interesting observations about factors that make assessments more and less influential. Emily Jackson, Daniel Aboagye
2015-07-29

Asking the right questions: AidData's Survey Practice

The "Marketplace of Ideas for Policy Change" report analyzes the influence of over 100 external assessments according to over 6,750 survey participants, and it makes some interesting observations about factors that make assessments more and less influential.

Reducing extreme poverty in the post-MDG era: Lessons from four emerging economies The last 15 years has shown that trends in growth, poverty reduction, and the link between the two have varied widely among countries. Four key lessons collectively point to the need to look beyond the usual metrics and beyond growth entirely. Robert Marty
2015-07-28

Reducing extreme poverty in the post-MDG era: Lessons from four emerging economies

The last 15 years has shown that trends in growth, poverty reduction, and the link between the two have varied widely among countries. Four key lessons collectively point to the need to look beyond the usual metrics and beyond growth entirely.

Changing tides: Tracking aid in the Caribbean Over the past several decades, The Caribbean and its countries' needs and priorities have shifted. They have now expanded beyond their traditional relationships in the development world and started to form ties with non-traditional donors. Emily Jackson, Daniel Aboagye
2015-07-23

Changing tides: Tracking aid in the Caribbean

Over the past several decades, The Caribbean and its countries' needs and priorities have shifted. They have now expanded beyond their traditional relationships in the development world and started to form ties with non-traditional donors.

Making geocoded data more accessible: Introducing Level 1A AidData is excited to announce several improvements to our upcoming geocoded datasets that will lower barriers to entry for end users who want to see who is funding what and where they are siting their investments. Alex Kappel
2015-07-22

Making geocoded data more accessible: Introducing Level 1A

AidData is excited to announce several improvements to our upcoming geocoded datasets that will lower barriers to entry for end users who want to see who is funding what and where they are siting their investments.

The politics of aid allocation: New evidence from Zambia As the ongoing debate continues over whether financial assistance is an effective way to improve development outcomes, the politicization of aid is one factor that some scholars suggest makes it harder for aid to reach the places where there is the most need or opportunity. Takaaki Masaki, Carolina Panzardi
2015-07-21

The politics of aid allocation: New evidence from Zambia

As the ongoing debate continues over whether financial assistance is an effective way to improve development outcomes, the politicization of aid is one factor that some scholars suggest makes it harder for aid to reach the places where there is the most need or opportunity.

If you don't ask, you don't get Just asking directly is the best strategy for countries wanting to get better data and information about Chinese aid. Hannah Ryder
2015-07-09

If you don't ask, you don't get

Just asking directly is the best strategy for countries wanting to get better data and information about Chinese aid.

AidData funds next generation of development research using geospatial data In this post we’re excited to tell you more about 9 awardees that will begin work this summer, and provide a preview of how this cohort of research projects will advance our mission to make development finance data more accessible and actionable. Bradley C. Parks, Ariel BenYishay, David Trichler, Jessica Wells, Alena Stern
2015-07-08

AidData funds next generation of development research using geospatial data

In this post we’re excited to tell you more about 9 awardees that will begin work this summer, and provide a preview of how this cohort of research projects will advance our mission to make development finance data more accessible and actionable.

Achieving a “new normal”: Mapping the future of the AidData and U.S. Global Development Lab partnership The “geospatial revolution” comes at a critical time as the global development community reflects on the post-2015 development agenda to end extreme poverty. Bradley C. Parks, Nancy McGuire Choi, Mike Tierney
2015-07-07

Achieving a “new normal”: Mapping the future of the AidData and U.S. Global Development Lab partnership

The “geospatial revolution” comes at a critical time as the global development community reflects on the post-2015 development agenda to end extreme poverty.

Independence Day: Aid and conflict in South Sudan The way that an influx of funding and personnel to an area of extreme, persistent conflict affects the conflict itself garners academic attention. Daniel Aboagye, Emily Jackson
2015-07-01

Independence Day: Aid and conflict in South Sudan

The way that an influx of funding and personnel to an area of extreme, persistent conflict affects the conflict itself garners academic attention.

AidData/USAID GDL Series 3: Strengthening the “demand side” of data AidData has collaborated with a network of more than 80 partners -- governments, multilateral institutions, non-profits, and the private sector, including engagements with over 25 USAID Missions and operating units -- to scale the “technology” of geospatial data and analysis. Bradley C. Parks, Nancy McGuire Choi, Mike Tierney
2015-06-30

AidData/USAID GDL Series 3: Strengthening the “demand side” of data

AidData has collaborated with a network of more than 80 partners -- governments, multilateral institutions, non-profits, and the private sector, including engagements with over 25 USAID Missions and operating units -- to scale the “technology” of geospatial data and analysis.

AidData/USAID GDL Series 2: Making meaning out of data Today, we briefly describe some of the research and technical activities that support our partners to make meaning out of data. Bradley C. Parks, Nancy McGuire Choi, Mike Tierney
2015-06-25

AidData/USAID GDL Series 2: Making meaning out of data

Today, we briefly describe some of the research and technical activities that support our partners to make meaning out of data.

Working towards a “new normal”: AidData and the U.S. Global Development Lab’s efforts to accelerate uptake of geospatial data and analysis AidData has been working in close partnership with USAID’s Global Development Lab to create a “new normal” where policymakers and practitioners ask themselves “why would we not use data and analytics to maximize the impact of every development dollar we spend?” Brad Parks, Nancy McGuire Choi, Mike Tierney
2015-06-24

Working towards a “new normal”: AidData and the U.S. Global Development Lab’s efforts to accelerate uptake of geospatial data and analysis

AidData has been working in close partnership with USAID’s Global Development Lab to create a “new normal” where policymakers and practitioners ask themselves “why would we not use data and analytics to maximize the impact of every development dollar we spend?”

“Why should we wait?”: Mapping for the next disaster Maps are integral to humanitarian relief efforts, especially in remote, disaster-prone countries. Emily Jackson, Daniel Aboagye
2015-06-23

“Why should we wait?”: Mapping for the next disaster

Maps are integral to humanitarian relief efforts, especially in remote, disaster-prone countries.

Who do developing world leaders listen to and why? New evidence from the 2014 Reform Efforts Survey Do leaders pay more attention to external assessments that benchmark their performance against other countries, or to assessments that are specifically focused on their own country? The answer to this question is nuanced. Bradley C. Parks, Samantha Custer, Zachary Rice
2015-06-17

Who do developing world leaders listen to and why? New evidence from the 2014 Reform Efforts Survey

Do leaders pay more attention to external assessments that benchmark their performance against other countries, or to assessments that are specifically focused on their own country? The answer to this question is nuanced.

Going "Deeper Than Data" with AidData This summer, AidData is premiering a six-episode podcast series to take you past the maps and dashboards on our website to the human stories at the heart of our research. Emily Jackson, Daniel Aboagye
2015-06-16

Going "Deeper Than Data" with AidData

This summer, AidData is premiering a six-episode podcast series to take you past the maps and dashboards on our website to the human stories at the heart of our research.

AidData’s Summer Fellows put data to work for development The 2015 Summer Fellows’ cohort hail from 7 US universities and are hosted by partner organizations in Uganda, the Philippines, Peru and Ghana. Michael Christesen
2015-06-11

AidData’s Summer Fellows put data to work for development

The 2015 Summer Fellows’ cohort hail from 7 US universities and are hosted by partner organizations in Uganda, the Philippines, Peru and Ghana.

The marketplace for ideas: Money, power, and simplicity Money and power still matter, but simplicity does too. If you are trying to get the attention of a developing country government, tell them clearly what the problem is and what they can do to fix it. Rupert Simons
2015-06-09

The marketplace for ideas: Money, power, and simplicity

Money and power still matter, but simplicity does too. If you are trying to get the attention of a developing country government, tell them clearly what the problem is and what they can do to fix it.

“First data responders?”: Lessons learned from Nepal In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, hyper-local, crowdsourced data functioned as signposts for both national and international organizations as they sought to provide timely relief to those areas in greatest need of assistance. Daniel Runfola, Harsh Desai, Ashley Napier, Lu Sevier, Michelle Zelli
2015-06-04

“First data responders?”: Lessons learned from Nepal

In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, hyper-local, crowdsourced data functioned as signposts for both national and international organizations as they sought to provide timely relief to those areas in greatest need of assistance.

Open Data: A journey of discovery in Nepal This short documentary follows the journey of journalist Gyanu Sharma in Nepal, who understands that having access to data can help him create a better future for his son. AidData
2015-05-28

Open Data: A journey of discovery in Nepal

This short documentary follows the journey of journalist Gyanu Sharma in Nepal, who understands that having access to data can help him create a better future for his son.

Saudi aid to Yemen: Stability over development? A lack of consistent aid reporting practices from donors like Saudi Arabia has limited the ability of international observers to monitor how much of this assistance Yemen has actually received or what was funded under blanket pledges. Charles Perla
2015-05-08

Saudi aid to Yemen: Stability over development?

A lack of consistent aid reporting practices from donors like Saudi Arabia has limited the ability of international observers to monitor how much of this assistance Yemen has actually received or what was funded under blanket pledges.

New "Marketplace of Ideas for Policy Change" report shows how external sources of analysis and advice shape reform in low and middle income countries The Marketplace of Ideas for Policy Change report examines the influence of over 100 external assessments of government performance on the policymaking process in low and middle income countries. AidData
2015-04-30

New "Marketplace of Ideas for Policy Change" report shows how external sources of analysis and advice shape reform in low and middle income countries

The Marketplace of Ideas for Policy Change report examines the influence of over 100 external assessments of government performance on the policymaking process in low and middle income countries.

Mashing up aid and budget data: opportunities, challenges and pathways forward The success of the transparency initiatives is contingent upon the degree of the compatibility and interoperability of their data. Deirdre Appel
2015-04-03

Mashing up aid and budget data: opportunities, challenges and pathways forward

The success of the transparency initiatives is contingent upon the degree of the compatibility and interoperability of their data.

Money, Ideas & Reform: What does it take to influence lasting change? With a new survey practice, AidData hopes to improve the ability of development partners to evaluate their influence and impact, but also to encourage greater attentiveness and responsiveness to the experiences and priorities of in-country decision-makers and stakeholders. Bradley C. Parks, Samantha Custer
2015-03-12

Money, Ideas & Reform: What does it take to influence lasting change?

With a new survey practice, AidData hopes to improve the ability of development partners to evaluate their influence and impact, but also to encourage greater attentiveness and responsiveness to the experiences and priorities of in-country decision-makers and stakeholders.

Poverty in Pakistan: Numerous efforts, many numbers, not enough results Although great strides have been made, millions of Pakistanis remain vulnerable to falling into absolute poverty. Dillan Patel
2015-03-10

Poverty in Pakistan: Numerous efforts, many numbers, not enough results

Although great strides have been made, millions of Pakistanis remain vulnerable to falling into absolute poverty.

Launching a Geospatial Data Revolution There are three major challenges for the development community in launching a Geospatial Data Revolution. Joshua Powell
2015-02-26

Launching a Geospatial Data Revolution

There are three major challenges for the development community in launching a Geospatial Data Revolution.

Liberating 35 Years of USAID Experience To “liberate” DEC information, AidData is piloting a new dataset of machine-readable data to provide new levels of access for researchers, data scientists, and practitioners to mine, analyze, and create “new” knowledge from old lessons. Joshua Powell, Paige Kirby
2015-02-24

Liberating 35 Years of USAID Experience

To “liberate” DEC information, AidData is piloting a new dataset of machine-readable data to provide new levels of access for researchers, data scientists, and practitioners to mine, analyze, and create “new” knowledge from old lessons.

Trust Funds: DAC Donors Contribute, Most Non-DAC Donors Don’t Given the dissatisfaction of certain non-DAC donors about their relatively low voting share on the Bank’s Board, one might think that trust funds would be an attractive instrument to exert greater influence or work together with other like-minded non-DAC donors. Vera Eichenauer
2015-02-20

Trust Funds: DAC Donors Contribute, Most Non-DAC Donors Don’t

Given the dissatisfaction of certain non-DAC donors about their relatively low voting share on the Bank’s Board, one might think that trust funds would be an attractive instrument to exert greater influence or work together with other like-minded non-DAC donors.

Staging a Geospatial Data Revolution Before the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are finalized, it’s critical to take stock of what we have – and have not – accomplished before we double down on the next fifteen years. Joshua Powell
2015-02-18

Staging a Geospatial Data Revolution

Before the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are finalized, it’s critical to take stock of what we have – and have not – accomplished before we double down on the next fifteen years.

A 5 Minute Dive Into Our New Geocoded World Bank Data This dataset offers an exciting opportunity for researchers and policymakers to better understand the impact and allocation of World Bank projects. Ariel BenYishay, Jessica Wells, Rachel Trichler
2015-02-11

A 5 Minute Dive Into Our New Geocoded World Bank Data

This dataset offers an exciting opportunity for researchers and policymakers to better understand the impact and allocation of World Bank projects.

New Minerva Research Explores the Relationship Between Aid and Conflict The Minerva Initiative will allow academic researchers to examine whether development aid makes countries more or less resistant to violent conflict within their own borders. Martha Staid
2015-01-29

New Minerva Research Explores the Relationship Between Aid and Conflict

The Minerva Initiative will allow academic researchers to examine whether development aid makes countries more or less resistant to violent conflict within their own borders.

Leveraging Aid for Trade Capacity in Uganda A recent study funded by the Economic Policy Research Center in Kampala, Uganda looks at how aid-for-trade disbursements align with Uganda’s national development priorities and the impact of trade-related aid on the country’s capacity to trade. Robert Marty, Alex Thomas Ijjo, Isaac Shinyekwa
2015-01-28

Leveraging Aid for Trade Capacity in Uganda

A recent study funded by the Economic Policy Research Center in Kampala, Uganda looks at how aid-for-trade disbursements align with Uganda’s national development priorities and the impact of trade-related aid on the country’s capacity to trade.

Localizing the Post-2015 Agenda: How Responsive Are Donors to Timor Leste’s Education Needs? The need for subnational development data that is actionable and open has never been more apparent. In this post we drill down into why this matters in one particular example: education in Timor Leste. Doug Nicholson
2015-01-27

Localizing the Post-2015 Agenda: How Responsive Are Donors to Timor Leste’s Education Needs?

The need for subnational development data that is actionable and open has never been more apparent. In this post we drill down into why this matters in one particular example: education in Timor Leste.

Looking Back Anew: AidData’s #ChinainAfrica November Launch Event The dashboard launched at the event attempts to create a space for discussion about China’s role in Africa, opening up a broader conversation where anyone can provide comments and contribute multimedia content on the projects of interest to them. Charles Perla, Harsh Desai
2015-01-16

Looking Back Anew: AidData’s #ChinainAfrica November Launch Event

The dashboard launched at the event attempts to create a space for discussion about China’s role in Africa, opening up a broader conversation where anyone can provide comments and contribute multimedia content on the projects of interest to them.

Aid Information Matters for U.S. Citizens, Too – Transparency Efforts and Domestic Audiences There is a key element in the development assistance process that sometimes gets overlooked: the accountability donors have to their own governments and citizens. Dina Abdel-Fattah
2015-01-06

Aid Information Matters for U.S. Citizens, Too – Transparency Efforts and Domestic Audiences

There is a key element in the development assistance process that sometimes gets overlooked: the accountability donors have to their own governments and citizens.

Unlocking the Black Box: Transparency Matters and the NGO Aid Map In this post, we spotlight what this mapping tool has to offer and some hopes for how it can be further strengthened to advance open data for development in 2015. Harsh Desai, Dan Kent
2014-12-12

Unlocking the Black Box: Transparency Matters and the NGO Aid Map

In this post, we spotlight what this mapping tool has to offer and some hopes for how it can be further strengthened to advance open data for development in 2015.

Open Contracting for Open Development: Insights and Applications Information about public procurement can be extremely difficult for citizens, civil society and other stakeholders to access. As a result, the Open Contracting Partnership was formed to make procurement information more open, accessible and actionable Rebecca Latourell, Dustin Homer
2014-12-04

Open Contracting for Open Development: Insights and Applications

Information about public procurement can be extremely difficult for citizens, civil society and other stakeholders to access. As a result, the Open Contracting Partnership was formed to make procurement information more open, accessible and actionable

The Demand Side of the Data Revolution: Lessons from the Government of Nepal Drawing on the perspectives of 60+ government officials, donor staff, CSO operatives, and academics, AidData painted a picture of the government data “ecosystem” in Nepal. Dustin Homer, Dina Abdel-Fattah
2014-12-02

The Demand Side of the Data Revolution: Lessons from the Government of Nepal

Drawing on the perspectives of 60+ government officials, donor staff, CSO operatives, and academics, AidData painted a picture of the government data “ecosystem” in Nepal.

Diving into the Details: What “Aid on Demand” Says and Doesn’t Say About China in Africa We're delighted to see that the paper provoked a fair amount of media coverage and debate among scholars. However, a lack of familiarity with the data, methods, and findings has led to inaccurate reporting and confusion. We’d like to briefly clarify several matters of fact. Bradley C. Parks, Mike Tierney, Roland Hodler, Axel Dreher, Paul Raschky, Andreas Fuchs
2014-11-26

Diving into the Details: What “Aid on Demand” Says and Doesn’t Say About China in Africa

We're delighted to see that the paper provoked a fair amount of media coverage and debate among scholars. However, a lack of familiarity with the data, methods, and findings has led to inaccurate reporting and confusion. We’d like to briefly clarify several matters of fact.

Harnessing the Data Revolution: Three Goals to Better Improve Development Outcomes Several basic conditions need to be in place to ensure that data are actually put to good use. Nancy McGuire Choi
2014-11-25

Harnessing the Data Revolution: Three Goals to Better Improve Development Outcomes

Several basic conditions need to be in place to ensure that data are actually put to good use.

Democratizing Development: Mapping Chinese Investments in Africa Launching today, AidData’s interactive geospatial dashboard features over 2000 Chinese-backed development projects in Africa, disaggregated to the provincial, municipal, or street-corner level. Harsh Desai, Charles Perla
2014-11-18

Democratizing Development: Mapping Chinese Investments in Africa

Launching today, AidData’s interactive geospatial dashboard features over 2000 Chinese-backed development projects in Africa, disaggregated to the provincial, municipal, or street-corner level.

Negotiating the Blurred Lines Between Official Development Assistance and Other Official Flows Without better and disaggregated data on OOF transfers by source country, it is difficult to accurately assess OOFs from DAC and Non-DAC providers, as well as the amount of debt accumulated by recipient countries. Pranay Sinha, Charles Perla
2014-11-12

Negotiating the Blurred Lines Between Official Development Assistance and Other Official Flows

Without better and disaggregated data on OOF transfers by source country, it is difficult to accurately assess OOFs from DAC and Non-DAC providers, as well as the amount of debt accumulated by recipient countries.

Reforming ODA: WIth the Rise of Central and Eastern Europe, Is It Time for a Change? Despite joining the OECD-DAC and reporting their aid in line with ODA standards, Central and Eastern European countries continue to feel some dissonance between the OECD-DAC narrative of development assistance and their own development realities. Mandy Badamkhand, Sarah Wall
2014-11-04

Reforming ODA: WIth the Rise of Central and Eastern Europe, Is It Time for a Change?

Despite joining the OECD-DAC and reporting their aid in line with ODA standards, Central and Eastern European countries continue to feel some dissonance between the OECD-DAC narrative of development assistance and their own development realities.

Avoiding Data Graveyards: 5 Questions the Data Revolution Should Be Asking Even as the data revolution builds a supply of better development data, it must address the broader ecosystem within which it is, or is not, used. Samantha Custer
2014-10-29

Avoiding Data Graveyards: 5 Questions the Data Revolution Should Be Asking

Even as the data revolution builds a supply of better development data, it must address the broader ecosystem within which it is, or is not, used.

Measuring Development Finance from Arab Donors Ignoring Arab countries’ unique understandings and modalities of aid means that we are ignorant about the reality of a significant proportion of modern development finance. Allison Minor
2014-10-28

Measuring Development Finance from Arab Donors

Ignoring Arab countries’ unique understandings and modalities of aid means that we are ignorant about the reality of a significant proportion of modern development finance.

Can Emotions Influence Aid Allocation? A recent study found that individuals giving money to charities react differently to mixtures of qualitative and quantitative evidence on aid effectiveness depending on whether they are motivated primarily by altruism or by positive emotional feeling by helping others. Ashley Napier
2014-10-23

Can Emotions Influence Aid Allocation?

A recent study found that individuals giving money to charities react differently to mixtures of qualitative and quantitative evidence on aid effectiveness depending on whether they are motivated primarily by altruism or by positive emotional feeling by helping others.

South-South Cooperation: Latin America and the SEGIB Alternative The SEGIB's development of a robust methodology for capturing South-South development cooperation is an important achievement. It presents an interesting alternative to the ODA standard and suggests a new approach to systematically tracking development assistance. Pranay Sinha, Allison Minor, Mandy Badamkhand, Andrea Parra
2014-10-21

South-South Cooperation: Latin America and the SEGIB Alternative

The SEGIB's development of a robust methodology for capturing South-South development cooperation is an important achievement. It presents an interesting alternative to the ODA standard and suggests a new approach to systematically tracking development assistance.

Style or Substance?: The BRICS in the Post-Busan World The arrival of the BRICS had clearly brought about a fresh start in how we perceive development finance. Harsh Desai, Charles Perla, Allison Minor, Pranay Sinha
2014-10-14

Style or Substance?: The BRICS in the Post-Busan World

The arrival of the BRICS had clearly brought about a fresh start in how we perceive development finance.

The Disappearing Act: Foreign Aid to Sinking States 2013 marked a record high in humanitarian aid contributions across the globe, but assistance for SIDS decreased by 2.9 billion from 2010-2012 and is expected to continue its decline. Rachel Azafrani
2014-10-09

The Disappearing Act: Foreign Aid to Sinking States

2013 marked a record high in humanitarian aid contributions across the globe, but assistance for SIDS decreased by 2.9 billion from 2010-2012 and is expected to continue its decline.

South-South Cooperation: Providing Context in a Changing Landscape We’re increasingly aware of the important role that countries in the global South play in development cooperation. But as long as we depend on existing definitions for measuring development cooperation we won’t really understand how big this role is. Allison Minor, Harsh Desai, Pranay Sinha
2014-10-07

South-South Cooperation: Providing Context in a Changing Landscape

We’re increasingly aware of the important role that countries in the global South play in development cooperation. But as long as we depend on existing definitions for measuring development cooperation we won’t really understand how big this role is.

AidData Research Highlighted In Science Article More investment is needed to reach international biodiversity targets by 2020. AidData
2014-10-03

AidData Research Highlighted In Science Article

More investment is needed to reach international biodiversity targets by 2020.

Redefining Development Cooperation: In Search Of Common Ground The OECD Development Assistance Committee is attempting to agree on a new definition of Official Development Assistance. In the murky, ever-evolving world of international finance, such definitions are central to how we understand and allocate aid. Pranay Sinha, Allison Minor
2014-09-29

Redefining Development Cooperation: In Search Of Common Ground

The OECD Development Assistance Committee is attempting to agree on a new definition of Official Development Assistance. In the murky, ever-evolving world of international finance, such definitions are central to how we understand and allocate aid.

Taking The Pulse Of Global Development: AidData Seeks New Insights On How Citizens Engage With Open Aid Data This week, AidData launched Project Pulse, a new feature on aiddata.org that allows anyone to weigh in on how development projects are performing in areas of interest to them. Katie Paulson-Smith
2014-09-25

Taking The Pulse Of Global Development: AidData Seeks New Insights On How Citizens Engage With Open Aid Data

This week, AidData launched Project Pulse, a new feature on aiddata.org that allows anyone to weigh in on how development projects are performing in areas of interest to them.

How Would You Like Your Data? Putting Citizen Feedback In A Form People Can Use How to best harness mobile technology to close the feedback loop is a topic of substantial interest and ongoing discussion in global development. Rebecca Schectman
2014-09-24

How Would You Like Your Data? Putting Citizen Feedback In A Form People Can Use

How to best harness mobile technology to close the feedback loop is a topic of substantial interest and ongoing discussion in global development.

Open Contracting: Going Granular for Increased Transparency and Accountability Having easy access to procurement information will help move the development conversation from one about what is happening where to one about how resources are being allocated and projects are being implemented on the ground. Rebecca Latourell, Dustin Homer
2014-09-22

Open Contracting: Going Granular for Increased Transparency and Accountability

Having easy access to procurement information will help move the development conversation from one about what is happening where to one about how resources are being allocated and projects are being implemented on the ground.

Two Million and Counting: Test-Driving the Open Contracting Data Standard This first OCDS dataset contains over 2 million European Union procurement awards since 2006, with over €1.45 trillion in contract funding represented. Development Gateway
2014-09-12

Two Million and Counting: Test-Driving the Open Contracting Data Standard

This first OCDS dataset contains over 2 million European Union procurement awards since 2006, with over €1.45 trillion in contract funding represented.

Social Audits: The Missing Ingredient to Good Governance If citizens lack the means to actually hold their governments accountable, attempts to foster good governance will likely fail. Nkechi Charles
2014-09-10

Social Audits: The Missing Ingredient to Good Governance

If citizens lack the means to actually hold their governments accountable, attempts to foster good governance will likely fail.

Mapping for a Cause: MapGive Ebola Outbreak Mapathon A remote mapping event organized by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and the Red Cross, the Mapathon brought together 50+ volunteers to aid humanitarian relief respondents fighting the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa. Haset Solomon
2014-09-09

Mapping for a Cause: MapGive Ebola Outbreak Mapathon

A remote mapping event organized by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and the Red Cross, the Mapathon brought together 50+ volunteers to aid humanitarian relief respondents fighting the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

OpenAid Italia: Should We Expect More? The portal is a crucial step in the direction of open data and more transparent development investments, though it is important to note that better availability of data does not automatically equate to better decision-making. Haset Solomon
2014-08-27

OpenAid Italia: Should We Expect More?

The portal is a crucial step in the direction of open data and more transparent development investments, though it is important to note that better availability of data does not automatically equate to better decision-making.

The One Degree of Separation between Emerging Donors and FIFA Brazil’s expanding focus on development abroad corresponds with its broader efforts to assert its global role. But the government’s international aspirations have provoked a backlash from some of its constituents. Emily McLenigan
2014-08-26

The One Degree of Separation between Emerging Donors and FIFA

Brazil’s expanding focus on development abroad corresponds with its broader efforts to assert its global role. But the government’s international aspirations have provoked a backlash from some of its constituents.

Can Data Visualization Make it Easier to Crowdsource Corruption Monitoring? A top-down information exchange is not enough to deter corruption. An effective monitoring program requires an open, productive interaction between civil society and those able to "ground-truth" information and provide context. Justin DeShazor
2014-08-21

Can Data Visualization Make it Easier to Crowdsource Corruption Monitoring?

A top-down information exchange is not enough to deter corruption. An effective monitoring program requires an open, productive interaction between civil society and those able to "ground-truth" information and provide context.

Energy investments in Africa by the US, Europe, and China Despite heavy investment from the US, Europe, and China, the International Energy Agency estimates that additional investments of $20 billion yearly are required to meet SSA’s power needs by 2030. Giorgio Gualberti
2014-08-20

Energy investments in Africa by the US, Europe, and China

Despite heavy investment from the US, Europe, and China, the International Energy Agency estimates that additional investments of $20 billion yearly are required to meet SSA’s power needs by 2030.

Geocoding 101: A Behind the Scenes Look at Visualizing Aid and Development Now anyone can easily download the data from our IATI publisher page or aiddata.org to understand who is funding what and where. Here’s an inside look at the process of creating geocoded data, such as that from Nepal, from start to finish. Vanessa Goas
2014-08-19

Geocoding 101: A Behind the Scenes Look at Visualizing Aid and Development

Now anyone can easily download the data from our IATI publisher page or aiddata.org to understand who is funding what and where. Here’s an inside look at the process of creating geocoded data, such as that from Nepal, from start to finish.

Demand-Driven Data is Instrumental in enhancing the Supply of Data Open data key players in Nepal should focus on the demand for data when designing efforts to improve the supply of data, as demand for data and the supply of data are each other’s complement. Pavitra Rana
2014-08-15

Demand-Driven Data is Instrumental in enhancing the Supply of Data

Open data key players in Nepal should focus on the demand for data when designing efforts to improve the supply of data, as demand for data and the supply of data are each other’s complement.

Open Data: Bad for the Corrupt, Good for Everyone Else? The Ugandan government still must take more strides toward making more of its data open and accessible, but by making its budget information publicly available, it is on the right path. Daniel Chapman
2014-08-14

Open Data: Bad for the Corrupt, Good for Everyone Else?

The Ugandan government still must take more strides toward making more of its data open and accessible, but by making its budget information publicly available, it is on the right path.

Citizen-Driven Data is Key to the Success of Nepal’s Open Data Revolution Data visualization tools are key to nurturing a stronger community of data users in Nepall, though there is a consensus that the very nature of the data being produced needs to change in order to make it more relevant to target audiences Erin Cusack
2014-08-13

Citizen-Driven Data is Key to the Success of Nepal’s Open Data Revolution

Data visualization tools are key to nurturing a stronger community of data users in Nepall, though there is a consensus that the very nature of the data being produced needs to change in order to make it more relevant to target audiences

Where’s My Goat? Amplifying the Voice of Communities to Combat Corruption Citizens are critical allies in the fight against corruption. But at present their voices aren’t being heard. Nkechi Charles
2014-08-12

Where’s My Goat? Amplifying the Voice of Communities to Combat Corruption

Citizens are critical allies in the fight against corruption. But at present their voices aren’t being heard.

Zakat and Development Finance: Filling In the Gaps The international community has taken important steps in recent years to expand the definition of development finance, but major gaps remain. One such gap is religiously-affiliated aid, such as Zakat. Allison Minor
2014-08-07

Zakat and Development Finance: Filling In the Gaps

The international community has taken important steps in recent years to expand the definition of development finance, but major gaps remain. One such gap is religiously-affiliated aid, such as Zakat.

How Does Aid Impact Democratic Change in Africa? Aid might catalyze transitions to multipartyism and stabilize multipartyism once it is adopted, though the extent to which it increases electoral competition so that opposition parties can challenge incumbent governments is limited. Katie Paulson-Smith, Simone Dietrich, Joseph Wright
2014-08-06

How Does Aid Impact Democratic Change in Africa?

Aid might catalyze transitions to multipartyism and stabilize multipartyism once it is adopted, though the extent to which it increases electoral competition so that opposition parties can challenge incumbent governments is limited.

It’s Not Just Big Data: Data Granularity and Aid Targeting While political criteria may ultimately prove more important in the allocation of aid and spending, granular georeferenced aid on baseline problems like where aid money actually gets spent provide some intellectual ballast as to where resources ought to be directed. Joshua Busby
2014-07-30

It’s Not Just Big Data: Data Granularity and Aid Targeting

While political criteria may ultimately prove more important in the allocation of aid and spending, granular georeferenced aid on baseline problems like where aid money actually gets spent provide some intellectual ballast as to where resources ought to be directed.

How TUFF Is It To Track Chinese Aid? Insights from Beijing’s Latest White Paper on Foreign Aid China’s State Council published a white paper providing an overview of its funding for overseas development activities. We took this opportunity to test how well AidData has been able to capture Chinese funding with our Tracking Underreported Financial Flows (TUFF) methodology. Charles Perla, Harsh Desai
2014-07-29

How TUFF Is It To Track Chinese Aid? Insights from Beijing’s Latest White Paper on Foreign Aid

China’s State Council published a white paper providing an overview of its funding for overseas development activities. We took this opportunity to test how well AidData has been able to capture Chinese funding with our Tracking Underreported Financial Flows (TUFF) methodology.

China and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Toward a Beijing Consensus? The desire to create a new multilateral institution could indicate that China feels its influence in existing development banks does not reflect the strength of its economy or its contributions to those institutions. Charles Perla, Yue Zhang
2014-07-24

China and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Toward a Beijing Consensus?

The desire to create a new multilateral institution could indicate that China feels its influence in existing development banks does not reflect the strength of its economy or its contributions to those institutions.

Mapping a Trail to AidData It started with a drought. Daniel Runfola
2014-07-17

Mapping a Trail to AidData

It started with a drought.

US Private Foundation Data and the Total Resource Envelope Given a shift in emphasis to greater international giving on the part of US private foundations, it is increasingly important to understand the scope and distribution of these grants and how this compares to official development assistance. Ashley Napier
2014-07-15

US Private Foundation Data and the Total Resource Envelope

Given a shift in emphasis to greater international giving on the part of US private foundations, it is increasingly important to understand the scope and distribution of these grants and how this compares to official development assistance.

Taking the Health Aid Debate to the Subnational Level Macro-level studies largely condemn health aid as ineffective or minimally effective in the aggregate. Most of the praise for health aid comes from project-level analyses. It may be time to rethink the way we’re analyzing these relationships. Robert Marty
2014-07-10

Taking the Health Aid Debate to the Subnational Level

Macro-level studies largely condemn health aid as ineffective or minimally effective in the aggregate. Most of the praise for health aid comes from project-level analyses. It may be time to rethink the way we’re analyzing these relationships.

Following the Money: Haiti Tracks Donor Commitments to Fulfill Their Aid Pledges Nearly five years after the 2010 earthquake, basic questions such as “where has the money gone?” are still as relevant as ever. Dina Abdel-Fattah
2014-07-09

Following the Money: Haiti Tracks Donor Commitments to Fulfill Their Aid Pledges

Nearly five years after the 2010 earthquake, basic questions such as “where has the money gone?” are still as relevant as ever.

Beyond Open Data in Uganda: How Do We Make Citizen Feedback More Actionable? Making data available online is a necessary first step in the open data movement, but information is valuable only when it can be used. This means getting the right data in front of the right people. Martha Staid
2014-07-02

Beyond Open Data in Uganda: How Do We Make Citizen Feedback More Actionable?

Making data available online is a necessary first step in the open data movement, but information is valuable only when it can be used. This means getting the right data in front of the right people.

Did the International Community Fail the Central African Republic? The extent of the need and limited resources makes understanding how humanitarian assistance is being distributed in the Central African Republic even more critical. Emily McLenigan, Haset Solomon
2014-07-02

Did the International Community Fail the Central African Republic?

The extent of the need and limited resources makes understanding how humanitarian assistance is being distributed in the Central African Republic even more critical.

Crisis Mapping and Aid: Learning from Haiti Crowd-sourced web maps have become a popular tool for humanitarian response. These platforms facilitate an immediate response to the most insecure regions of a country in crisis. Sara Rock
2014-06-24

Crisis Mapping and Aid: Learning from Haiti

Crowd-sourced web maps have become a popular tool for humanitarian response. These platforms facilitate an immediate response to the most insecure regions of a country in crisis.

Chinese Development Finance and the African State: A Capacity-Legitimacy Trade-Off? With support from IIE and USAID via its Democracy Fellows and Grants Program, we plan to systematically assess the effects of Chinese aid and investment on recipient states at both the national and sub-national levels. Philip Roessler, Rob Blair
2014-06-19

Chinese Development Finance and the African State: A Capacity-Legitimacy Trade-Off?

With support from IIE and USAID via its Democracy Fellows and Grants Program, we plan to systematically assess the effects of Chinese aid and investment on recipient states at both the national and sub-national levels.

Seeing China in Africa Through the Lens of South Sudan China’s evolving policy for engaging with South Sudan is an interesting case study for whether Beijing will be able to reconcile its disparate interests into one cohesive foreign policy. Charles Perla
2014-06-13

Seeing China in Africa Through the Lens of South Sudan

China’s evolving policy for engaging with South Sudan is an interesting case study for whether Beijing will be able to reconcile its disparate interests into one cohesive foreign policy.

How ‘rogue’ is China’s aid? There is seems to be some resource-seeking bias in Chinese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI), development assistance, and arms transfers. But this link is not terribly strong or inconsistent with patterns of the US or other major powers. Cullen Hendrix, Marcus Noland
2014-06-12

How ‘rogue’ is China’s aid?

There is seems to be some resource-seeking bias in Chinese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI), development assistance, and arms transfers. But this link is not terribly strong or inconsistent with patterns of the US or other major powers.

Do Maps Matter in Aid Allocation Decisions? Preliminary results from an AidData study indicate that maps may, in fact, lead to better targeting of aid dollars to reach those most in need. Ashley Napier, Rachel Trichler, Jessica Wells, Mike Tierney, Rebecca Latourell
2014-06-10

Do Maps Matter in Aid Allocation Decisions?

Preliminary results from an AidData study indicate that maps may, in fact, lead to better targeting of aid dollars to reach those most in need.

2014 Summer Fellows Help Communities Use Data for Smarter Development Funded by the U.S. Global Development Lab, 21 AidData Summer Fellows are working in five countries this summer to create, visualize and analyze geocoded data on who is funding what, where and to what effect. Ellie Kaufman
2014-06-06

2014 Summer Fellows Help Communities Use Data for Smarter Development

Funded by the U.S. Global Development Lab, 21 AidData Summer Fellows are working in five countries this summer to create, visualize and analyze geocoded data on who is funding what, where and to what effect.

Visualizing Inequality: The Need for a Gender Data Layer Prominent feminists are now experimenting with GIS to visualize gender differences in maps. A gender-specific layer of data could help researchers and policymakers better understand and analyze these inequalities. Lu Sevier
2014-05-29

Visualizing Inequality: The Need for a Gender Data Layer

Prominent feminists are now experimenting with GIS to visualize gender differences in maps. A gender-specific layer of data could help researchers and policymakers better understand and analyze these inequalities.

Rebuilding Honduras: The Role of Transparent Aid to Restore Public Trust in Government This year, in partnership with USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network, AidData is supporting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the Government of Honduras to geocode all foreign aid projects tracked by the PGC. Carmen Canas
2014-05-28

Rebuilding Honduras: The Role of Transparent Aid to Restore Public Trust in Government

This year, in partnership with USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network, AidData is supporting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the Government of Honduras to geocode all foreign aid projects tracked by the PGC.

MapAfrica: African Development Bank Looks to Institutionalize Geocoding The MapAfrica effort builds upon AidData’s existing partnership with AfDB to geocode their ongoing projects by applying precise location information to discrete development activities. Rimal Kacem
2014-05-21

MapAfrica: African Development Bank Looks to Institutionalize Geocoding

The MapAfrica effort builds upon AidData’s existing partnership with AfDB to geocode their ongoing projects by applying precise location information to discrete development activities.

Official Press Release: AidData and the African Development Bank Launch MapAfrica, Move From Mapping Financial Flows to Mapping Results The interactive online platform enables citizens, government officials and donors to view the geographic location of AfDB’s investments in development projects throughout Africa. Rebecca Latourell
2014-05-21

Official Press Release: AidData and the African Development Bank Launch MapAfrica, Move From Mapping Financial Flows to Mapping Results

The interactive online platform enables citizens, government officials and donors to view the geographic location of AfDB’s investments in development projects throughout Africa.

Gender and GIS: Using Maps to Improve Food Security in Uganda Utilizing geocoded data, such as that available from the Uganda Aid Management Platform, researchers can use spatial data to understand how the gendered dynamics in Uganda make it difficult for women to realize their full potential in agriculture. Bilal Asad
2014-05-15

Gender and GIS: Using Maps to Improve Food Security in Uganda

Utilizing geocoded data, such as that available from the Uganda Aid Management Platform, researchers can use spatial data to understand how the gendered dynamics in Uganda make it difficult for women to realize their full potential in agriculture.

South-South Cooperation: A Honduran Case Study There is a new type of development cooperation that is swiftly becoming prominent throughout the world: South-South Cooperation (SSC). Benjamin Arancibia
2014-05-08

South-South Cooperation: A Honduran Case Study

There is a new type of development cooperation that is swiftly becoming prominent throughout the world: South-South Cooperation (SSC).

So You Want to Reform Government? Rule One: Know The Policy Domain Much of the existing literature on political reform examines reform efforts from the perspective of a single policy domain. This observation led us to wonder if the nature of change required in some policy domains make reforms in certain areas harder to accomplish than others. Bradley C. Parks, Rebecca Schectman
2014-05-07

So You Want to Reform Government? Rule One: Know The Policy Domain

Much of the existing literature on political reform examines reform efforts from the perspective of a single policy domain. This observation led us to wonder if the nature of change required in some policy domains make reforms in certain areas harder to accomplish than others.

The Great Debate: Fungibility, Citizen Feedback and the Future of Foreign Aid Debates associated with aid’s effectiveness, or lack thereof, are numerous and divisive, coalescing around a few key issues like fungibility and governance. Lauren Harrison
2014-04-30

The Great Debate: Fungibility, Citizen Feedback and the Future of Foreign Aid

Debates associated with aid’s effectiveness, or lack thereof, are numerous and divisive, coalescing around a few key issues like fungibility and governance.

Biodiversity Conservation Aid: Who is Getting How Much and Why? The findings of a recent study suggest that three central factors influence the kind of biodiversity aid a recipient country receives. Ellie Kaufman
2014-04-24

Biodiversity Conservation Aid: Who is Getting How Much and Why?

The findings of a recent study suggest that three central factors influence the kind of biodiversity aid a recipient country receives.

Locating Foreign Aid in Haiti AidData is working in collaboration with the Haitian Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to collect location data for projects reported in Haiti’s External Aid Management Module (MGAE). Dina Abdel-Fattah
2014-04-22

Locating Foreign Aid in Haiti

AidData is working in collaboration with the Haitian Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to collect location data for projects reported in Haiti’s External Aid Management Module (MGAE).

Re-conceptualizing How We Evaluate Aid: Be Wary of Managing by the Numbers Aid agencies which are given a wider scope for independent action perform better than those that are tightly supervised. Dan Honig
2014-04-18

Re-conceptualizing How We Evaluate Aid: Be Wary of Managing by the Numbers

Aid agencies which are given a wider scope for independent action perform better than those that are tightly supervised.

A Fuzzy Transparency Mandate for the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation The development landscape is changing and our expectations for a transparency regime must similarly evolve. Samantha Custer, Pranay Sinha
2014-04-17

A Fuzzy Transparency Mandate for the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

The development landscape is changing and our expectations for a transparency regime must similarly evolve.

Does Citizen Feedback Circumvent or Reinforce Representative Democracy? Feedback initiatives seek to amplify citizen voices in shaping development priorities, monitoring progress and evaluating results. How does this intersect with other elements of democracy, such as parliamentarians elected to represent their constituencies? Samantha Custer
2014-04-15

Does Citizen Feedback Circumvent or Reinforce Representative Democracy?

Feedback initiatives seek to amplify citizen voices in shaping development priorities, monitoring progress and evaluating results. How does this intersect with other elements of democracy, such as parliamentarians elected to represent their constituencies?

AidData and the Open Aid Partnership Join Forces to Strengthen Capacity for Open Development AidData is pleased to formally endorse the Open Aid Partnership, building upon existing collaborations with OAP partners to achieve our common goals of liberating local development data and engaging citizens and stakeholders in evidence-based conversations in development. Samantha Custer
2014-04-04

AidData and the Open Aid Partnership Join Forces to Strengthen Capacity for Open Development

AidData is pleased to formally endorse the Open Aid Partnership, building upon existing collaborations with OAP partners to achieve our common goals of liberating local development data and engaging citizens and stakeholders in evidence-based conversations in development.

Overcoming the Fears of Transparency Transparency, a great objective in principle, can unleash fear: the fear of losing the support of donors and of damaging working relationships with partners. The natural tendency is to be protective about what filters out to the press, to spin and sometimes to self-censor. Robert Bourgoing
2014-04-03

Overcoming the Fears of Transparency

Transparency, a great objective in principle, can unleash fear: the fear of losing the support of donors and of damaging working relationships with partners. The natural tendency is to be protective about what filters out to the press, to spin and sometimes to self-censor.

5 Things You Should Know Before Starting a Citizen Feedback Initiative There are more options to choose from than ever before that can amplify citizen voices in development. Samantha Custer
2014-04-02

5 Things You Should Know Before Starting a Citizen Feedback Initiative

There are more options to choose from than ever before that can amplify citizen voices in development.

Haiti's Government Embraces Aid Management Platform to "Build Back Better" A wave of change is occurring as both international donors and the Government of Haiti are taking a critical look at how the past four years have progressed and identifying a viable long-term strategy for moving forward. Dina Abdel-Fattah
2014-03-27

Haiti's Government Embraces Aid Management Platform to "Build Back Better"

A wave of change is occurring as both international donors and the Government of Haiti are taking a critical look at how the past four years have progressed and identifying a viable long-term strategy for moving forward.

Using Project-Level Information to Determine Impact: A Closer Look at Malawi’s Aid Recent evidence suggests that targeted aid can indeed have a significant impact on desired outcomes. James Willard
2014-03-26

Using Project-Level Information to Determine Impact: A Closer Look at Malawi’s Aid

Recent evidence suggests that targeted aid can indeed have a significant impact on desired outcomes.

DRC Launches Geocoding Effort to Improve Monitoring of its Foreign Assistance The launch of geocoding work in the DRC is timely, as government ministries and development partners have repeatedly emphasized the need for geographic data on foreign aid investments, and for those data to be in a common format and central location. Owen Scott
2014-03-18

DRC Launches Geocoding Effort to Improve Monitoring of its Foreign Assistance

The launch of geocoding work in the DRC is timely, as government ministries and development partners have repeatedly emphasized the need for geographic data on foreign aid investments, and for those data to be in a common format and central location.

The Stabilizing Influence of Chinese Development Finance in Conflict-Prone African Countries The results of a study using AidData's TUFF methodology indicate that when “traditional” donors generate aid shocks to African countries, those countries having access to substantial Chinese development finance are significantly less likely to face conflict. Joe Foster
2014-03-12

The Stabilizing Influence of Chinese Development Finance in Conflict-Prone African Countries

The results of a study using AidData's TUFF methodology indicate that when “traditional” donors generate aid shocks to African countries, those countries having access to substantial Chinese development finance are significantly less likely to face conflict.

Do We Need a Data Revolution or an Accountability Revolution? The term “data revolution” belies the importance of the other ingredients needed for citizens to hold governments and donors accountable. Bradley C. Parks
2014-03-06

Do We Need a Data Revolution or an Accountability Revolution?

The term “data revolution” belies the importance of the other ingredients needed for citizens to hold governments and donors accountable.

Delivering Better Governance and More Effective Aid with Spatial Information Information on both development inputs and outputs should be a powerful asset in delivering better governance and more effective aid for developing countries. Samantha Custer
2014-03-04

Delivering Better Governance and More Effective Aid with Spatial Information

Information on both development inputs and outputs should be a powerful asset in delivering better governance and more effective aid for developing countries.

Targeted Assistance vs. Diffusion: The Influence of Foreign Aid in Promoting Labor Rights The type of assistance and source country providing the aid are important factors influencing how effective aid will be in strengthening labor rights within recipient countries. Julia Varoutsos
2014-02-28

Targeted Assistance vs. Diffusion: The Influence of Foreign Aid in Promoting Labor Rights

The type of assistance and source country providing the aid are important factors influencing how effective aid will be in strengthening labor rights within recipient countries.

Perceptions Matter: The Effect of Foreign Aid on Democracy Depends on Incentives Countries that are not strategically important or that receive more aid from unconditional donors make significantly more progress toward democracy than countries that are strategically important and receive more aid from conditional donors. Erasmus Kersting, Christopher Kilby
2014-02-26

Perceptions Matter: The Effect of Foreign Aid on Democracy Depends on Incentives

Countries that are not strategically important or that receive more aid from unconditional donors make significantly more progress toward democracy than countries that are strategically important and receive more aid from conditional donors.

Making Data Matter: How Aid Management Platforms are Changing Development In-Country Launching public portals invites a wide group of stakeholders – donors, universities, think tanks, and advocacy groups – to work alongside the government in order to use aid information to improve development outcomes. Alena Stern
2014-02-20

Making Data Matter: How Aid Management Platforms are Changing Development In-Country

Launching public portals invites a wide group of stakeholders – donors, universities, think tanks, and advocacy groups – to work alongside the government in order to use aid information to improve development outcomes.

Hackathon Challenges Developers to Improve Automated Coding of Development Data Launching headlong into 36 hours of software development fueled by tea, adrenaline and very little sleep, hackathon attendants hoped to tackle a challenge that has long stymied the open data community – how to reliably extract structured data from unstructured text. David Rust-Smith
2014-02-19

Hackathon Challenges Developers to Improve Automated Coding of Development Data

Launching headlong into 36 hours of software development fueled by tea, adrenaline and very little sleep, hackathon attendants hoped to tackle a challenge that has long stymied the open data community – how to reliably extract structured data from unstructured text.

Donor dependence, donor withdrawal: Implications of Malawi’s Cashgate scandal Donor withdrawal and threats of withdrawal have certainly incentivized the Malawian government to move swiftly in prosecuting offenders. However, the Cashgate scandal may also be introducing the rest of the world to a more vocal and active Malawian civil society. Kim Yi Dionne
2014-02-13

Donor dependence, donor withdrawal: Implications of Malawi’s Cashgate scandal

Donor withdrawal and threats of withdrawal have certainly incentivized the Malawian government to move swiftly in prosecuting offenders. However, the Cashgate scandal may also be introducing the rest of the world to a more vocal and active Malawian civil society.

The Sky’s the Limit: Using Satellite Imagery to Track Development Finance Projects in Africa Skytruthing holds great promise as an innovative method to verify the status of development projects identified remotely using the TUFF methodology. Grace Perkins
2014-02-11

The Sky’s the Limit: Using Satellite Imagery to Track Development Finance Projects in Africa

Skytruthing holds great promise as an innovative method to verify the status of development projects identified remotely using the TUFF methodology.

UNU-WIDER Working Paper on Ground-truthing of Aid Projects Released The findings from the UNU-WIDER report indicate that, among the projects researchers could visit, there was broad agreement between the project data generated from TUFF and the ground-truthing data. Ellie Kaufman
2014-02-07

UNU-WIDER Working Paper on Ground-truthing of Aid Projects Released

The findings from the UNU-WIDER report indicate that, among the projects researchers could visit, there was broad agreement between the project data generated from TUFF and the ground-truthing data.

Behind the headlines: The deeper roots of Malawi’s Cashgate scandal IFMIS, a technical solution to deter corruption in public finance management, was insufficient on its own in exposing and stopping corruption. Technical solutions alone will fall short in facing corruption when not also addressing the incentives of those in power. Kim Yi Dionne
2014-02-06

Behind the headlines: The deeper roots of Malawi’s Cashgate scandal

IFMIS, a technical solution to deter corruption in public finance management, was insufficient on its own in exposing and stopping corruption. Technical solutions alone will fall short in facing corruption when not also addressing the incentives of those in power.

Can Data Visualizations Help Mediate Between the Worlds of Research, Policy and Practice? Substantive information acquired from diverse information sources, synthesized and displayed in a simple, clear, and relatable manner, is necessary for the information to be effective in shaping public discourse and policy. Justin DeShazor
2014-01-31

Can Data Visualizations Help Mediate Between the Worlds of Research, Policy and Practice?

Substantive information acquired from diverse information sources, synthesized and displayed in a simple, clear, and relatable manner, is necessary for the information to be effective in shaping public discourse and policy.

Tracking Chinese Development Finance to Africa Initiative: What To Expect in 2014 In partnership with Humanity United, we will launch several new features and functionalities to the china.aiddata.org site in the coming year in order to improve the usability and usefulness of the data. Bradley C. Parks, Althea Lyness
2014-01-28

Tracking Chinese Development Finance to Africa Initiative: What To Expect in 2014

In partnership with Humanity United, we will launch several new features and functionalities to the china.aiddata.org site in the coming year in order to improve the usability and usefulness of the data.

The Maturing of the IATI Data Standard: Ensuring Quality in a Highly Networked Environment With consistent use of organizational identifiers and good data standards, IATI will yield increasing returns to scale as more publishers share data. Owen Scott
2014-01-24

The Maturing of the IATI Data Standard: Ensuring Quality in a Highly Networked Environment

With consistent use of organizational identifiers and good data standards, IATI will yield increasing returns to scale as more publishers share data.

We Have Geocoded Data in Uganda – Now What? With this geocoded data, the Ugandan government hopes to visualize who is funding what and where in their country to inform national development planning, improve coordination between development partners, and strengthen civil society interventions. Andrew Scott
2014-01-23

We Have Geocoded Data in Uganda – Now What?

With this geocoded data, the Ugandan government hopes to visualize who is funding what and where in their country to inform national development planning, improve coordination between development partners, and strengthen civil society interventions.

Official Press Release: New Chinese Development Finance Data to Catalyze Research and Feedback The January 2014 release creates a more complete picture of Chinese development finance to African countries with additional project documentation and a refined open source approach to data creation and triangulation called Tracking Under-Reported Financial Flows (TUFF). Rebecca Latourell
2014-01-22

Official Press Release: New Chinese Development Finance Data to Catalyze Research and Feedback

The January 2014 release creates a more complete picture of Chinese development finance to African countries with additional project documentation and a refined open source approach to data creation and triangulation called Tracking Under-Reported Financial Flows (TUFF).

Putting the Pieces Together: Building a Community of Practice to Track Under-Reported Financial Flows Absent transparent accounting by emerging donors, alternative methods are needed to capture the scale, composition, and destination of their overseas development activities. Iterating better approaches will take equal parts innovation, experimentation, and collaboration. Rebecca Latourell, Mike Tierney, Dan Nielson
2014-01-22

Putting the Pieces Together: Building a Community of Practice to Track Under-Reported Financial Flows

Absent transparent accounting by emerging donors, alternative methods are needed to capture the scale, composition, and destination of their overseas development activities. Iterating better approaches will take equal parts innovation, experimentation, and collaboration.

How Tough is AidData's TUFF Methodology? New Evidence from Uganda and South Africa Initial field research results revealed general agreement between the data on development projects generated via TUFF and ground-truthing fieldwork. Dan Nielson, Mike Tierney, Bradley C. Parks, Austin Strange, Edwin Muchapondwa
2014-01-21

How Tough is AidData's TUFF Methodology? New Evidence from Uganda and South Africa

Initial field research results revealed general agreement between the data on development projects generated via TUFF and ground-truthing fieldwork.

Reflecting on Open Aid in Nepal: Many Steps Forward, But More Work to be Done It is essential to the success of the aid transparency movement in Nepal that donors and the government commit to opening the data, but it is equally essential that this data is met by an active and capable civil society community that can use open data. Sagar Raj Sharma
2014-01-17

Reflecting on Open Aid in Nepal: Many Steps Forward, But More Work to be Done

It is essential to the success of the aid transparency movement in Nepal that donors and the government commit to opening the data, but it is equally essential that this data is met by an active and capable civil society community that can use open data.

Pushing the Development Finance Envelope: AidData Improves Upon Its China Data Employing these supplementary data collection methods, we were able to generate a more reliable picture of Chinese development finance in Africa by adding 114 new projects and updating 131 existing records in our database from 2000 to 2011. Ellie Kaufman
2014-01-14

Pushing the Development Finance Envelope: AidData Improves Upon Its China Data

Employing these supplementary data collection methods, we were able to generate a more reliable picture of Chinese development finance in Africa by adding 114 new projects and updating 131 existing records in our database from 2000 to 2011.

AidData Research Consortium Seeks Answers to Big Development Questions with Granular Data Leveraging subnational information about development finance activities – down to the province, district and street-corner level – the ARC will produce research to address pressing development questions in seven areas. Ellie Kaufman
2014-01-10

AidData Research Consortium Seeks Answers to Big Development Questions with Granular Data

Leveraging subnational information about development finance activities – down to the province, district and street-corner level – the ARC will produce research to address pressing development questions in seven areas.

A Data Revolution for 2014: It Starts With Data, But Ends With Action-Inducing Insights If data is to influence decision-making in how we allocate, coordinate and evaluate foreign aid, we need more than stand alone maps, charts and dashboards. We need to not only identify what interesting data patterns and trends exist, but also to answer why. Ellie Kaufman
2014-01-09

A Data Revolution for 2014: It Starts With Data, But Ends With Action-Inducing Insights

If data is to influence decision-making in how we allocate, coordinate and evaluate foreign aid, we need more than stand alone maps, charts and dashboards. We need to not only identify what interesting data patterns and trends exist, but also to answer why.

Connecting the Dots: Spatial Analysis and Visualization Using the 3.0 GIS Portal Point data is useful for identifying a precise latitude and longitude or understanding the distribution of projects at a macro level. Qiao Li
2014-01-08

Connecting the Dots: Spatial Analysis and Visualization Using the 3.0 GIS Portal

Point data is useful for identifying a precise latitude and longitude or understanding the distribution of projects at a macro level.

Halving Hunger: What Can Burundi and Rwanda Tell Us About Aid, Politics and Health? Despite sharing a common border, Rwanda and Burundi represent a best and worst case, respectively, in their GHI outcomes according to the 2013 index. Lauren Harrison
2013-12-11

Halving Hunger: What Can Burundi and Rwanda Tell Us About Aid, Politics and Health?

Despite sharing a common border, Rwanda and Burundi represent a best and worst case, respectively, in their GHI outcomes according to the 2013 index.

Watchdogs or Critical Friends? Sometimes, holding people and organizations to account needs teeth, especially in young democracies and fragile states with no mutual checks and balances. Robert Bourgoing
2013-12-10

Watchdogs or Critical Friends?

Sometimes, holding people and organizations to account needs teeth, especially in young democracies and fragile states with no mutual checks and balances.

Philippines Disaster Reinforces Need for Transparent Assistance and a Focus on Resilience Following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the Philippines has launched the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH), which will provide information on all foreign aid channeled through the Philippine government. Kelsey Sakumoto
2013-12-02

Philippines Disaster Reinforces Need for Transparent Assistance and a Focus on Resilience

Following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the Philippines has launched the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH), which will provide information on all foreign aid channeled through the Philippine government.

Geocoding: A Route to Deeper Transparency for the African Development Bank Being able to understand which projects exist, where gaps are, and who is working on what to address these gaps, will help all parties make more informed choices. Joshua Powell, Joni Hillman, Sohir Debbiche, Olivier Shingiro
2013-12-02

Geocoding: A Route to Deeper Transparency for the African Development Bank

Being able to understand which projects exist, where gaps are, and who is working on what to address these gaps, will help all parties make more informed choices.

Student Innovators Use "Story Maps" to Network and Collaborate to Solve Development Challenges Students from different university development labs collaborated to create Story Maps depicting how the work of individual labs could be visualized, both geographically and topically. Lauren Harrison, Cate Johnson, Rachel Benavides
2013-11-27

Student Innovators Use "Story Maps" to Network and Collaborate to Solve Development Challenges

Students from different university development labs collaborated to create Story Maps depicting how the work of individual labs could be visualized, both geographically and topically.

Shedding Light on Projects Through Contract Transparency Increasingly, open contracting in procurement through portals are becoming the norm for governments around the world, with a global initiative at work to establish a common standard for contracting data. Owen Scott
2013-11-26

Shedding Light on Projects Through Contract Transparency

Increasingly, open contracting in procurement through portals are becoming the norm for governments around the world, with a global initiative at work to establish a common standard for contracting data.

Impact Beyond the Numbers: Reflections on Year One of the AidData Center With one year of implementation behind us, the AidData Center has created a strong foundation that will enable us to bring our big idea to scale in the coming years. Alena Stern, Ellie Kaufman
2013-11-14

Impact Beyond the Numbers: Reflections on Year One of the AidData Center

With one year of implementation behind us, the AidData Center has created a strong foundation that will enable us to bring our big idea to scale in the coming years.

Open Data Frontiers: Going Granular, Addressing Quality and Getting Feedback The global development community must overcome challenges of data quality, data relevance and citizen feedback if open data is to affect the kind of change it aspires to. Bradley C. Parks
2013-10-31

Open Data Frontiers: Going Granular, Addressing Quality and Getting Feedback

The global development community must overcome challenges of data quality, data relevance and citizen feedback if open data is to affect the kind of change it aspires to.

AidData 3.0: Yes We Can…Make Development Finance More Intuitive New dashboards, data visualizations, and maps available in AidData 3.0 bring to life static data previously contained in rows and columns. Nancy McGuire Choi
2013-10-29

AidData 3.0: Yes We Can…Make Development Finance More Intuitive

New dashboards, data visualizations, and maps available in AidData 3.0 bring to life static data previously contained in rows and columns.

The AidData 3.0 Official Press Release The AidData 3.0 release is a major step forward in making aid information not only more transparent, but actually useful in advocacy, research and decision-making to improve the outcomes of development assistance. Samantha Custer
2013-10-29

The AidData 3.0 Official Press Release

The AidData 3.0 release is a major step forward in making aid information not only more transparent, but actually useful in advocacy, research and decision-making to improve the outcomes of development assistance.

Can A Data Benchmarking Exercise Affect Positive Change Within Development? Open data is certainly not sufficient to provoke positive change, but it is also not inconsequential. Open data can be catalytic when complementary efforts are in place to address several other important conditions. Samantha Custer , Bradley C. Parks
2013-10-24

Can A Data Benchmarking Exercise Affect Positive Change Within Development?

Open data is certainly not sufficient to provoke positive change, but it is also not inconsequential. Open data can be catalytic when complementary efforts are in place to address several other important conditions.

On Being a Development “Innovator”: It Takes a Team to Nurture Disruptive Ideas As AidData’s Director of Operations, I see my responsibility as clearing hurdles in order to let some very smart people do their jobs. This increases the chance for making meaningful progress, whether disruptive or incremental in nature. David Trichler
2013-10-23

On Being a Development “Innovator”: It Takes a Team to Nurture Disruptive Ideas

As AidData’s Director of Operations, I see my responsibility as clearing hurdles in order to let some very smart people do their jobs. This increases the chance for making meaningful progress, whether disruptive or incremental in nature.

From Rhetoric to “Revolution”: Mexico’s Challenge to Cultivate a Culture of Transparency The Mexican government should evaluate the systems it needs to align the incentives of government ministries to implement transparency laws already in place and monitor compliance with those standards. Eunice Mercado-Lara, Javier Gómez Garcia
2013-10-17

From Rhetoric to “Revolution”: Mexico’s Challenge to Cultivate a Culture of Transparency

The Mexican government should evaluate the systems it needs to align the incentives of government ministries to implement transparency laws already in place and monitor compliance with those standards.

What Can Photos of Garbage Tell Us About Foreign Aid? Development practitioners and private enterprises alike are attempting to leverage this greater connectivity through crowdsourcing initiatives, which call upon citizens to provide input to improve a wide variety of programs. Elsa Voytas
2013-10-15

What Can Photos of Garbage Tell Us About Foreign Aid?

Development practitioners and private enterprises alike are attempting to leverage this greater connectivity through crowdsourcing initiatives, which call upon citizens to provide input to improve a wide variety of programs.

“Nutrition Sensitive” Investments: Assessing Donor Commitments to Address Malnutrition An inside look at AidData and the Canadian government's efforts to develop a methodology to assess nutrition spending across all aid sectors. Rachel Trichler
2013-10-09

“Nutrition Sensitive” Investments: Assessing Donor Commitments to Address Malnutrition

An inside look at AidData and the Canadian government's efforts to develop a methodology to assess nutrition spending across all aid sectors.

Climate, Conflict and Aid: Can We Better Forecast Climate Insecurity? Mapping tools combine extensive development, security, and governance data for policymakers, researchers, and citizens to use in exploring critical questions related to climate change impacts and responses in Africa. Ashley Moran
2013-10-03

Climate, Conflict and Aid: Can We Better Forecast Climate Insecurity?

Mapping tools combine extensive development, security, and governance data for policymakers, researchers, and citizens to use in exploring critical questions related to climate change impacts and responses in Africa.

New Partnership between AidData and Canada Improves Tracking of Overseas Nutrition Investments New methodology provides donors and recipients with a comprehensive picture of nutrition assistance. AidData
2013-10-01

New Partnership between AidData and Canada Improves Tracking of Overseas Nutrition Investments

New methodology provides donors and recipients with a comprehensive picture of nutrition assistance.

Correcting Imbalances: New Study Reveals Gaps in Conservation Spending and Priorities How closely does conservation spending align with global biodiversity priorities? The answer may surprise you – the 40 most highly underfunded countries steward 32 percent of all threatened global biodiversity. Daniel Miller, Timmons Roberts
2013-09-26

Correcting Imbalances: New Study Reveals Gaps in Conservation Spending and Priorities

How closely does conservation spending align with global biodiversity priorities? The answer may surprise you – the 40 most highly underfunded countries steward 32 percent of all threatened global biodiversity.

Does the Giver Matter? The Human Development Impact of Chinese Aid Whereas OECD nations have scaled back their support for the so-called "productive sectors" in recent years, China has stepped up as a major financier of schools, hospitals, roads, ports, dams, and power lines. Alex Miller, Charles Perla
2013-09-19

Does the Giver Matter? The Human Development Impact of Chinese Aid

Whereas OECD nations have scaled back their support for the so-called "productive sectors" in recent years, China has stepped up as a major financier of schools, hospitals, roads, ports, dams, and power lines.

Assessing Vulnerability: The Technology Behind the New CCAPS Climate Change Dashboard The new climate dashboard – released by the Robert S. Strauss Center and Development Gateway – enables researchers to more easily explore and analyze climate security risks and insecurities across Africa. Josh Powell, Diego Dimunzio, Gabriel Inchaupse
2013-09-17

Assessing Vulnerability: The Technology Behind the New CCAPS Climate Change Dashboard

The new climate dashboard – released by the Robert S. Strauss Center and Development Gateway – enables researchers to more easily explore and analyze climate security risks and insecurities across Africa.

Averting Crisis: What Can Donors Do About Ogaden? An analysis of the relationship between conflict events, aid flows and poverty levels in the region as a basis to make recommendations for donor action. Daniel Chapman
2013-09-12

Averting Crisis: What Can Donors Do About Ogaden?

An analysis of the relationship between conflict events, aid flows and poverty levels in the region as a basis to make recommendations for donor action.

Deciphering US Foreign Assistance: My Summer with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bridging the gap between those conducting research and setting policy is a major priority if aid is to become more transparent and effective. Helping people make sense of data on foreign assistance is one important step to getting there. Alexandria "Joe" Foster
2013-09-10

Deciphering US Foreign Assistance: My Summer with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Bridging the gap between those conducting research and setting policy is a major priority if aid is to become more transparent and effective. Helping people make sense of data on foreign assistance is one important step to getting there.

Once Upon a Time, There Was a Pothole We spend a lot of time investing in something that often we want to see achieved, and tons of evidence proves it’s importance and effectiveness, however what the citizens see their needs as may be completely different. Galina Kalvat
2013-09-10

Once Upon a Time, There Was a Pothole

We spend a lot of time investing in something that often we want to see achieved, and tons of evidence proves it’s importance and effectiveness, however what the citizens see their needs as may be completely different.

Announcing a New CCAPS Dashboard to Explore Climate Security Vulnerability in Africa The online platform that displays data on physical, socio-economic, demographic, and political insecurities to assess how these factors contribute to “climate security” vulnerability in Africa. AidData
2013-09-05

Announcing a New CCAPS Dashboard to Explore Climate Security Vulnerability in Africa

The online platform that displays data on physical, socio-economic, demographic, and political insecurities to assess how these factors contribute to “climate security” vulnerability in Africa.

New Student Competition Searches for Big Ideas Using Open Data Competitions like Big Ideas are important not only to support student creativity, but also to challenge AidData and the greater development community. Pat Austria
2013-09-04

New Student Competition Searches for Big Ideas Using Open Data

Competitions like Big Ideas are important not only to support student creativity, but also to challenge AidData and the greater development community.

Nepali Organizations Use ArcGIS Training to Answer Development Questions The five-day ArcGIS workshop was an important part of the AidData Center for Development Policy’s efforts to mobilize local demand among Nepali institutions to use geospatial data and tools to track, deliver and evaluate aid more effectively. Ellie Kaufman
2013-08-29

Nepali Organizations Use ArcGIS Training to Answer Development Questions

The five-day ArcGIS workshop was an important part of the AidData Center for Development Policy’s efforts to mobilize local demand among Nepali institutions to use geospatial data and tools to track, deliver and evaluate aid more effectively.

Visualizing Results: Can GIS Enable New Ways of Looking at Agriculture Projects? Using GIS technology to map results, CEAPRED staff can make their projects even more effective. Madeleine Clark
2013-08-27

Visualizing Results: Can GIS Enable New Ways of Looking at Agriculture Projects?

Using GIS technology to map results, CEAPRED staff can make their projects even more effective.

On a Quest for Aid Information That Is Actually Useful: Can Nepal Show the Way? With financial support from USAID and AusAID, Nepal’s Ministry of Finance and AidData have pinpointed over 21,500 geographic locations representing all donor funded aid projects in Nepal. Samantha Custer
2013-08-19

On a Quest for Aid Information That Is Actually Useful: Can Nepal Show the Way?

With financial support from USAID and AusAID, Nepal’s Ministry of Finance and AidData have pinpointed over 21,500 geographic locations representing all donor funded aid projects in Nepal.

Students Catalyze Local Capacity to Use Geocoded Aid Information Eleven student researchers from the College of William & Mary and University of Texas-Austin deployed this summer to Nepal, Uganda, Timor-Leste, Senegal, and Mexico to serve as AidData Summer Fellows. AidData
2013-08-14

Students Catalyze Local Capacity to Use Geocoded Aid Information

Eleven student researchers from the College of William & Mary and University of Texas-Austin deployed this summer to Nepal, Uganda, Timor-Leste, Senegal, and Mexico to serve as AidData Summer Fellows.

Emerging Donors and Development Cooperation: Can Mexico Lead the Charge for MICs? Emerging donors like Mexico are contributing a growing share of development assistance and more accessible data is needed to assess the value and outcomes of their efforts. Michelle Mueller
2013-08-12

Emerging Donors and Development Cooperation: Can Mexico Lead the Charge for MICs?

Emerging donors like Mexico are contributing a growing share of development assistance and more accessible data is needed to assess the value and outcomes of their efforts.

Beyond Access to Use: Building Local Stakeholder Capacity to Use Open Aid Data Raising awareness among civil society organizations and research institutions as critical to ensuring that open aid information is not only publicly accessible, but is actually being used to promote effective development. Ellie Kaufman
2013-08-06

Beyond Access to Use: Building Local Stakeholder Capacity to Use Open Aid Data

Raising awareness among civil society organizations and research institutions as critical to ensuring that open aid information is not only publicly accessible, but is actually being used to promote effective development.

African Students Leverage Open Data to Aid Communities Vulnerable to Disaster A clear theme emerged at the ResilientAfrica Network launch event – the importance of accessible, transparent information to bolster resilience against man-made and natural disasters. Lindsay Read
2013-08-01

African Students Leverage Open Data to Aid Communities Vulnerable to Disaster

A clear theme emerged at the ResilientAfrica Network launch event – the importance of accessible, transparent information to bolster resilience against man-made and natural disasters.

Peeking Behind the Curtain: Analyzing Chinese Aid and Influence in Zimbabwe The Chinese government has financed a wide range of humanitarian assistance and economic development activities in Zimbabwe. The volume and details of these activities have until now proven opaque. Amber Will
2013-07-30

Peeking Behind the Curtain: Analyzing Chinese Aid and Influence in Zimbabwe

The Chinese government has financed a wide range of humanitarian assistance and economic development activities in Zimbabwe. The volume and details of these activities have until now proven opaque.

Geography of US Food Aid: A Steep Road Ahead for Reform US food aid policies have come under fire from the international development community and elected representatives who argue that food aid supplies should be purchased locally within affected countries. Stephanie Wraith
2013-07-23

Geography of US Food Aid: A Steep Road Ahead for Reform

US food aid policies have come under fire from the international development community and elected representatives who argue that food aid supplies should be purchased locally within affected countries.

Can Mapping Nutrition Assistance Help Uganda Solve Its Malnutrition Problem? Geocoding—applying subnational geographic coordinates to discrete project activities—is crucial for analyzing how current nutrition investments are addressing malnutrition, in addition to identifying where funds are flowing and from whom. Emily Mahoney
2013-07-16

Can Mapping Nutrition Assistance Help Uganda Solve Its Malnutrition Problem?

Geocoding—applying subnational geographic coordinates to discrete project activities—is crucial for analyzing how current nutrition investments are addressing malnutrition, in addition to identifying where funds are flowing and from whom.

Cleaning Up the Murky World of Geocoded Data While geocoded data represent a tremendous boon for aid transparency and aid effectiveness research, there are limitations to what we can learn from them. Mike Findley, Kelly Steffan, Josiah Marineau, Reid Porter, Jeanette Cunningham Rottas
2013-07-11

Cleaning Up the Murky World of Geocoded Data

While geocoded data represent a tremendous boon for aid transparency and aid effectiveness research, there are limitations to what we can learn from them.

Is Open Data Just A Flash in the Pan Movement? Experiences such as the Nepal Open Data Literacy Bootcamp remind us that open data and the applications it spawns can help build the capacity of citizens to track and evaluate information on their country’s development. Madeleine Clark
2013-07-03

Is Open Data Just A Flash in the Pan Movement?

Experiences such as the Nepal Open Data Literacy Bootcamp remind us that open data and the applications it spawns can help build the capacity of citizens to track and evaluate information on their country’s development.

Recent Media Reports Omit Essential Details About Chinese Development Finance We would like to clarify some of the technical content of a recent Ghana Business News article entitled “Ghana Receives $13.9b Chinese Aid in 10 Years.” Brian O'Donnell, Ze Fu
2013-07-02

Recent Media Reports Omit Essential Details About Chinese Development Finance

We would like to clarify some of the technical content of a recent Ghana Business News article entitled “Ghana Receives $13.9b Chinese Aid in 10 Years.”

AfDB publishes project-level and geocoded data to IATI AfDB’s Quality Assurance and Results Department (ORQR) collaborated with AidData, through Development Gateway, to bring to light valuable geospatial information previously buried in lengthy project documents. AidData
2013-07-01

AfDB publishes project-level and geocoded data to IATI

AfDB’s Quality Assurance and Results Department (ORQR) collaborated with AidData, through Development Gateway, to bring to light valuable geospatial information previously buried in lengthy project documents.

Nepal Aid Management Platform Goes Public In making the Aid Management Platform public, the Government of Nepal is better positioned to “effectively coordinate and manage aid.” Dustin Homer, Dina Abdel-Fattah
2013-06-26

Nepal Aid Management Platform Goes Public

In making the Aid Management Platform public, the Government of Nepal is better positioned to “effectively coordinate and manage aid.”

Transboundary Water Bodies and Conflict in Africa Targeting and investing in areas of greatest need will likely increase the impact of those funds, potentially reducing conflict in the most vulnerable zones and improving the quality of water for those nearby. Carleigh Snead
2013-06-25

Transboundary Water Bodies and Conflict in Africa

Targeting and investing in areas of greatest need will likely increase the impact of those funds, potentially reducing conflict in the most vulnerable zones and improving the quality of water for those nearby.

Dodd-Frank in the DRC: Regulation, Aid, and the “Resource Curse” The “resource curse” continues to affect DRC, posing a significant challenge for the development of the region as a whole. Lauren Harrison
2013-06-18

Dodd-Frank in the DRC: Regulation, Aid, and the “Resource Curse”

The “resource curse” continues to affect DRC, posing a significant challenge for the development of the region as a whole.

Shedding light on aid: Using night lights to analyze the effectiveness of geocoded aid in Malawi The current aid effectiveness debate largely relies on cross-national evidence. This post introduces an innovative measurement technique to evaluate sub-national aid effectiveness. Daniel Schmid
2013-06-13

Shedding light on aid: Using night lights to analyze the effectiveness of geocoded aid in Malawi

The current aid effectiveness debate largely relies on cross-national evidence. This post introduces an innovative measurement technique to evaluate sub-national aid effectiveness.

Environmental aid is going up and increasingly bilateral While the overall increase in environmental aid is a positive trend, the increase in bilateral aid presents some consequences. Ellie Kaufman
2013-06-12

Environmental aid is going up and increasingly bilateral

While the overall increase in environmental aid is a positive trend, the increase in bilateral aid presents some consequences.

Reducing Corruption and Improving Accountability in Aid Projects through Targeting More precisely targeted projects are on average less likely to suffer from the capture of funds due to corruption or other forms of diversion. Matthew S. Winters
2013-06-06

Reducing Corruption and Improving Accountability in Aid Projects through Targeting

More precisely targeted projects are on average less likely to suffer from the capture of funds due to corruption or other forms of diversion.

What Factors Influence the Success and Failure of World Bank Environmental Projects? The success of assistance projects is strongly influenced by the strength of public sector institutions, suggesting that building the governance capacity of recipient countries is crucial for improving environmental management. Bradley C. Parks, Mark Buntaine, Elsa Voytas
2013-05-23

What Factors Influence the Success and Failure of World Bank Environmental Projects?

The success of assistance projects is strongly influenced by the strength of public sector institutions, suggesting that building the governance capacity of recipient countries is crucial for improving environmental management.

AFP, China Daily Coverage of AidData/CGD Study of Chinese Development Finance to Africa Lest there be any confusion, our CGD working paper indicates that we were only able to classify roughly $13 billion in development finance activities that seemed to fall in line with the OECD's definition of "official development assistance" (ODA) commitments. Austin Strange
2013-05-21

AFP, China Daily Coverage of AidData/CGD Study of Chinese Development Finance to Africa

Lest there be any confusion, our CGD working paper indicates that we were only able to classify roughly $13 billion in development finance activities that seemed to fall in line with the OECD's definition of "official development assistance" (ODA) commitments.

The Global Fund Should Take Transparency to Another Level The reality is that using Global Fund data to make recipients accountable is out of reach to most concerned people because they lack access to the Internet, don’t have enough time or technical skills, and experience obstacles to freedom of information and speech. Robert Bourgoing
2013-05-16

The Global Fund Should Take Transparency to Another Level

The reality is that using Global Fund data to make recipients accountable is out of reach to most concerned people because they lack access to the Internet, don’t have enough time or technical skills, and experience obstacles to freedom of information and speech.

What’s Your Source? Comparing Official and Media-Based Chinese Aid Data Media-based methods often reveal major weaknesses in official reporting systems. Bradley C. Parks, Brian O'Donnell
2013-05-15

What’s Your Source? Comparing Official and Media-Based Chinese Aid Data

Media-based methods often reveal major weaknesses in official reporting systems.

RCTs Awesome, but Then What? Randomized evaluations became the chic international development approach a few years back, as they re-energized the aid effectiveness debate with the promise to unbury the causal links of program interventions and development. Kelly Steffens
2013-05-09

RCTs Awesome, but Then What?

Randomized evaluations became the chic international development approach a few years back, as they re-energized the aid effectiveness debate with the promise to unbury the causal links of program interventions and development.

Chinese Development Finance and Strategies of Political (and Territorial) Survival in Sudan Chinese aid to and investment in the infrastructure sector in Sudan and many other African countries have the potential to usher in the most important restructuring of the state since colonialism. Philip Roessler
2013-05-08

Chinese Development Finance and Strategies of Political (and Territorial) Survival in Sudan

Chinese aid to and investment in the infrastructure sector in Sudan and many other African countries have the potential to usher in the most important restructuring of the state since colonialism.

A Rejoinder to Rubbery Numbers on Chinese Aid In this post, we respond to Deborah Brautigam’s review of our Chinese development finance data collection project. AidData
2013-05-01

A Rejoinder to Rubbery Numbers on Chinese Aid

In this post, we respond to Deborah Brautigam’s review of our Chinese development finance data collection project.

How Do You Track Chinese Development Finance? You Have to Follow the Money! If you want to know what the Chinese are funding in Africa -- or anywhere else for that matter -- you have to follow a project through its full life cycle. Austin Strange
2013-04-30

How Do You Track Chinese Development Finance? You Have to Follow the Money!

If you want to know what the Chinese are funding in Africa -- or anywhere else for that matter -- you have to follow a project through its full life cycle.

Announcing: Chinese development finance in Africa A new report, China’s Development Finance to Africa: AMedia-Based Approach to Data Collection, describes the development and application of the methodology, which will be released in conjunction with the database. Bradley C. Parks
2013-04-29

Announcing: Chinese development finance in Africa

A new report, China’s Development Finance to Africa: AMedia-Based Approach to Data Collection, describes the development and application of the methodology, which will be released in conjunction with the database.

Geocoding and public aid data in Nepal To ensure that development stakeholders in Nepal are eager and able to use the public AMP data, the AidData team worked to build a strong network of local partners in Nepal. Alena Stern, Dustin Homer
2013-04-10

Geocoding and public aid data in Nepal

To ensure that development stakeholders in Nepal are eager and able to use the public AMP data, the AidData team worked to build a strong network of local partners in Nepal.

AidData #MapOff! Over the next five weeks, student contestants will develop a research question related to the targeting, coordination, and effectiveness of foreign aid, analyze geocoded aid information to address their research questions, and display their results in a map and a blog post. Suzannah Dunbar
2013-03-27

AidData #MapOff!

Over the next five weeks, student contestants will develop a research question related to the targeting, coordination, and effectiveness of foreign aid, analyze geocoded aid information to address their research questions, and display their results in a map and a blog post.

QCRI develops automated Geotagger for the World Bank The system, built by QCRI’s Data Analytics team, enables more efficient and effective labeling of the Bank’s project portfolios and places them on a map for analysis, monitoring and evaluation. AidData
2013-03-20

QCRI develops automated Geotagger for the World Bank

The system, built by QCRI’s Data Analytics team, enables more efficient and effective labeling of the Bank’s project portfolios and places them on a map for analysis, monitoring and evaluation.

Chinese and U.S. Foreign Assistance: Who Wins in Uganda? Research suggests a stronger support for U.S. aid than for China’s among a representative random sample of Ugandans. Dan Nielson, Helen Milner, Mike Findley
2013-03-13

Chinese and U.S. Foreign Assistance: Who Wins in Uganda?

Research suggests a stronger support for U.S. aid than for China’s among a representative random sample of Ugandans.

CCAPS Dashboard Visualizes Conflict Trends in Real Time The CCAPS conflict dashboard combines the Social Conflict in Africa Dataset (SCAD) and the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED). Joshua Powell
2013-02-27

CCAPS Dashboard Visualizes Conflict Trends in Real Time

The CCAPS conflict dashboard combines the Social Conflict in Africa Dataset (SCAD) and the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED).

Getting More Development Bang for Your Foreign Assistance Buck Wealthy countries and international organizations have created a wide range of policy instruments—incentive-based aid programs, moral suasion tools, and financial sanctions—to spur and sustain reform efforts in developing countries. Bradley C. Parks, Zachary Rice
2013-02-21

Getting More Development Bang for Your Foreign Assistance Buck

Wealthy countries and international organizations have created a wide range of policy instruments—incentive-based aid programs, moral suasion tools, and financial sanctions—to spur and sustain reform efforts in developing countries.

What Factors Predict a Donor’s Aid Transparency? If almost everyone seems to agree that aid transparency is a good thing, why are some donors more transparent than others? Elsa Voytas
2013-02-20

What Factors Predict a Donor’s Aid Transparency?

If almost everyone seems to agree that aid transparency is a good thing, why are some donors more transparent than others?

Announcing the AidData 2.1 Research Release Research releases are static snapshots of the AidData web portal. They are provided for users who wish to replicate the complete dataset for research, analysis or other uses. Robert Mosolgo
2013-02-19

Announcing the AidData 2.1 Research Release

Research releases are static snapshots of the AidData web portal. They are provided for users who wish to replicate the complete dataset for research, analysis or other uses.

The Winding Road to the AidData Center for Development Policy The AidData partnership was created with a clear mission: to capture the entire universe of aid at the project-level in a single database. Alena Stern
2013-02-13

The Winding Road to the AidData Center for Development Policy

The AidData partnership was created with a clear mission: to capture the entire universe of aid at the project-level in a single database.

India - The Needy Donor Despite rapid economic growth and prosperity, many regions and communities in India continue to be severely underdeveloped. Three factors are characteristic of India’s aid allocation behavior. Andreas Fuchs, Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati
2013-02-06

India - The Needy Donor

Despite rapid economic growth and prosperity, many regions and communities in India continue to be severely underdeveloped. Three factors are characteristic of India’s aid allocation behavior.

The Aid Management Fellow Decoded Aid Management Fellows work directly with country governments that are using Development Gateway’s Aid Management Program to improve the process and systems involved, and ensure accurate, complete, and up-to-date data. AidData
2013-01-30

The Aid Management Fellow Decoded

Aid Management Fellows work directly with country governments that are using Development Gateway’s Aid Management Program to improve the process and systems involved, and ensure accurate, complete, and up-to-date data.

Tracking Venezuelan Development Finance and South-South Activities in the Caribbean A project funded by the Roy R. Charles Center at the College of William and Mary program employed this media-based data collection (MBDC) methodology to produce a dataset that captures more than $7.6 billion (2009 USD) in Venezuelan development finance from 2000 to 2011. Jaclyn Goldschmidt
2013-01-24

Tracking Venezuelan Development Finance and South-South Activities in the Caribbean

A project funded by the Roy R. Charles Center at the College of William and Mary program employed this media-based data collection (MBDC) methodology to produce a dataset that captures more than $7.6 billion (2009 USD) in Venezuelan development finance from 2000 to 2011.

Does open data make development more accountable? The case of Colombia Development Gateway and Transparencia por Colombia have visually mapped data on development projects, transparency at the local level and poverty rates in Colombia to start to unravel a policy conundrum. Joshua Powell, Craig Fagan
2012-12-18

Does open data make development more accountable? The case of Colombia

Development Gateway and Transparencia por Colombia have visually mapped data on development projects, transparency at the local level and poverty rates in Colombia to start to unravel a policy conundrum.

Unshared Government Data is a Waste You can create as many information systems as you want, but they will not take-off unless the right incentive structures to share and standardize data are mainstreamed. Brian O'Donnell
2012-12-11

Unshared Government Data is a Waste

You can create as many information systems as you want, but they will not take-off unless the right incentive structures to share and standardize data are mainstreamed.

Military Strategy or Poverty Reduction?: Investigating the Provincial Allocation of Aid to Afghanistan Recent U.S. military interventions, relying on the coordination of military and humanitarian activities, have sparked an important debate over the appropriate use of development assistance. Jake Douglas
2012-11-27

Military Strategy or Poverty Reduction?: Investigating the Provincial Allocation of Aid to Afghanistan

Recent U.S. military interventions, relying on the coordination of military and humanitarian activities, have sparked an important debate over the appropriate use of development assistance.

Is international aid for biodiversity targeted to the right countries? Biodiversity aid has fallen short of donor commitments, but is relatively well-targeted toward areas of biodiversity need and good governance. Daniel Miller
2012-11-15

Is international aid for biodiversity targeted to the right countries?

Biodiversity aid has fallen short of donor commitments, but is relatively well-targeted toward areas of biodiversity need and good governance.

Announcing the AidData Center for Development Policy The AidData Center for Development Policy will create geospatial data and tools that enable USAID and the broader global development community to more effectively target, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate the impact of aid. AidData
2012-11-09

Announcing the AidData Center for Development Policy

The AidData Center for Development Policy will create geospatial data and tools that enable USAID and the broader global development community to more effectively target, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate the impact of aid.

Aid Fishing in the Yemen: Tracking Saudi Development Assistance to Its Southern Neighbor Using media-based methods, we attempted to generate the most detailed, project-level summary of Saudi aid to Yemen to date. Bradley C. Parks, James Juchau
2012-10-23

Aid Fishing in the Yemen: Tracking Saudi Development Assistance to Its Southern Neighbor

Using media-based methods, we attempted to generate the most detailed, project-level summary of Saudi aid to Yemen to date.

New 2010 OECD CRS Data Imported Into AidData web portal The new data include some new donors, new data fields, and new purpose codes. Below is a brief summary the new CRS and how it is reflected in the AidData web portal. Robert Mosolgo
2012-10-16

New 2010 OECD CRS Data Imported Into AidData web portal

The new data include some new donors, new data fields, and new purpose codes. Below is a brief summary the new CRS and how it is reflected in the AidData web portal.

Aid and Africa’s Resource Potential African natural resources are largely unexplored and undeveloped. If harnessed correctly by African nations, these resources can be a catalyst for ending chronic poverty. Dustin Homer
2012-10-11

Aid and Africa’s Resource Potential

African natural resources are largely unexplored and undeveloped. If harnessed correctly by African nations, these resources can be a catalyst for ending chronic poverty.

Reducing Corruption in Aid Delivery: 3 Key Lessons Learned Donor agency officials often perceive measures to detect and prevent corruption in aid projects as costly and distracting. However, left unchecked, corruption can undermine the political legitimacy of overseas aid activities. AidData
2012-09-26

Reducing Corruption in Aid Delivery: 3 Key Lessons Learned

Donor agency officials often perceive measures to detect and prevent corruption in aid projects as costly and distracting. However, left unchecked, corruption can undermine the political legitimacy of overseas aid activities.

The View from Citizens in a Recipient Country The question of how aid compares to relevant alternatives is rarely asked. But it is key. Dan Nielson, Helen Milner, Mike Findley
2012-09-24

The View from Citizens in a Recipient Country

The question of how aid compares to relevant alternatives is rarely asked. But it is key.

Non-DAC Round-Up: Chinese Investment in Africa Since FOCAC 2012 Debate continues over the effectiveness of Chinese aid to Africa, but neither side can ignore the magnitude of the economic and political relationship. Brian O'Donnell
2012-09-19

Non-DAC Round-Up: Chinese Investment in Africa Since FOCAC 2012

Debate continues over the effectiveness of Chinese aid to Africa, but neither side can ignore the magnitude of the economic and political relationship.

Who Is Leading Russia’s Overseas Aid Programme? All along, there seems to have been a bit of tug-of-war between the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over who would have the upper hand in providing both the vision and the infrastructure for Russia’s overseas aid programme. Patty Gray
2012-09-18

Who Is Leading Russia’s Overseas Aid Programme?

All along, there seems to have been a bit of tug-of-war between the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over who would have the upper hand in providing both the vision and the infrastructure for Russia’s overseas aid programme.

Bad Behavior, Good Politics, and Ideas: Making Sense of Theories of Aid Allocation The aid allocation literature remains fragmented and largely inaccessible to many policymakers and practitioners. Two books published in the past year could change that. Chrissy Sherman
2012-08-27

Bad Behavior, Good Politics, and Ideas: Making Sense of Theories of Aid Allocation

The aid allocation literature remains fragmented and largely inaccessible to many policymakers and practitioners. Two books published in the past year could change that.

Dirty Work: The Environmental Impact of DAC and Non-DAC Donor Projects The public release of the AidData Environmental Impact CodeDataset makes it possible to examine whether NDBs have “dirtier” grant and loan portfolios than DAC bilateral donors. Steven Linett
2012-08-22

Dirty Work: The Environmental Impact of DAC and Non-DAC Donor Projects

The public release of the AidData Environmental Impact CodeDataset makes it possible to examine whether NDBs have “dirtier” grant and loan portfolios than DAC bilateral donors.

New climate data and tools featured on CCAPS aid dashboard Among other information, the dashboard features the first-ever dataset tracking all climate aid activities in a single country. AidData
2012-08-16

New climate data and tools featured on CCAPS aid dashboard

Among other information, the dashboard features the first-ever dataset tracking all climate aid activities in a single country.

How Eco-Friendly is Nigeria’s Foreign Aid Portfolio? There is a lack of clean-up funding provided to Nigeria by international donors, especially in light of the total amount of external funding spent on developing Nigeria’s oil and gas sectors. Brian O'Donnell, Kevin McCrory
2012-08-14

How Eco-Friendly is Nigeria’s Foreign Aid Portfolio?

There is a lack of clean-up funding provided to Nigeria by international donors, especially in light of the total amount of external funding spent on developing Nigeria’s oil and gas sectors.

USD-2009 Deflator Web Service now in Beta This service, hosted at the College of William and Mary’s Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, makes AidData’s deflator methodology readily available to anyone. Robert Mosolgo
2012-08-08

USD-2009 Deflator Web Service now in Beta

This service, hosted at the College of William and Mary’s Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, makes AidData’s deflator methodology readily available to anyone.

The Case for Using Geocodes and Activity Codes at Project Appraisal: Insights from a World Bank Anti-Malaria Project in the DRC Putting timely and actionable information like this in the hands of government and IGO officials who make development policy decisions with far-reaching consequences is a central part of AidData's raison d'être. Bradley C. Parks, Doug Nicholson
2012-07-24

The Case for Using Geocodes and Activity Codes at Project Appraisal: Insights from a World Bank Anti-Malaria Project in the DRC

Putting timely and actionable information like this in the hands of government and IGO officials who make development policy decisions with far-reaching consequences is a central part of AidData's raison d'être.

Taking open data offline (and back again) It seems that often when we imagine all the fantastic possibilities of open data, we forget how many people live in remote, rural areas (or urban areas with poor infrastructure) where there is no broadband. Linda Raftree
2012-07-17

Taking open data offline (and back again)

It seems that often when we imagine all the fantastic possibilities of open data, we forget how many people live in remote, rural areas (or urban areas with poor infrastructure) where there is no broadband.

New Geocoded Data Sheds Light on Social Conflict The Social Conflict in Africa Database (SCAD) includes events through 2011, and the entire dataset is geo-referenced to provide latitude and longitude coordinates for more than 7,900 conflict events. AidData
2012-07-09

New Geocoded Data Sheds Light on Social Conflict

The Social Conflict in Africa Database (SCAD) includes events through 2011, and the entire dataset is geo-referenced to provide latitude and longitude coordinates for more than 7,900 conflict events.

New on AidData.org: Environmental Impact Codes The environmental impact variable evaluates the likely environmental impact of a project, as well as the scope of environmental benefit. Robert Mosolgo, Christian Peratsakis
2012-06-26

New on AidData.org: Environmental Impact Codes

The environmental impact variable evaluates the likely environmental impact of a project, as well as the scope of environmental benefit.

Migration and Development Finance: The Case of South Asia and the Gulf Remittance flows from Gulf States alone range between 1 to 3 times the size of ODA flows in five countries surveyed: Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Ben Buch, Jaclyn Goldschmidt
2012-06-13

Migration and Development Finance: The Case of South Asia and the Gulf

Remittance flows from Gulf States alone range between 1 to 3 times the size of ODA flows in five countries surveyed: Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

New Findings from Crowdsourcing Experiment in Uganda Findings shed new light on a potential solution to one of most fundamental problems in development: the broken feedback loop between donors and their intended beneficiaries. Dan Nielson, Mike Findley
2012-06-04

New Findings from Crowdsourcing Experiment in Uganda

Findings shed new light on a potential solution to one of most fundamental problems in development: the broken feedback loop between donors and their intended beneficiaries.

Increasing the Development Impact of Open Data In order to impartially disseminate public information, an organization must design its data liberation strategy with both effective technologies and appropriate public policies in mind. Brian O'Donnell
2012-05-03

Increasing the Development Impact of Open Data

In order to impartially disseminate public information, an organization must design its data liberation strategy with both effective technologies and appropriate public policies in mind.

The limitations of donor mapping: Inedible food aid While aid data can tell us a lot about some things, conclusions about outputs, impacts or effectiveness should be drawn with extreme caution – even where the links between inputs and outputs seem straightforward and crystal clear. Till Bruckner
2012-05-01

The limitations of donor mapping: Inedible food aid

While aid data can tell us a lot about some things, conclusions about outputs, impacts or effectiveness should be drawn with extreme caution – even where the links between inputs and outputs seem straightforward and crystal clear.

Transparent Aid Management and State Building in Somalia Aid transparency is a two-way street. Bradley C. Parks
2012-04-30

Transparent Aid Management and State Building in Somalia

Aid transparency is a two-way street.

Are the Paris Declaration objectives of untied aid and defragmented aid compatible? New evidence from Knack and Lodewijk Results suggest that efforts to untie aid will not conflict with efforts to encourage donors to establish a clear division of labor. Kevin McCrory
2012-04-23

Are the Paris Declaration objectives of untied aid and defragmented aid compatible? New evidence from Knack and Lodewijk

Results suggest that efforts to untie aid will not conflict with efforts to encourage donors to establish a clear division of labor.

Where are donors working in Malawi? A new dataset sheds light The dataset includes sub-national geocodes for approximately 550 aid projects undertaken in Malawi since 2000, representing nearly $5.3 billion in total commitments or roughly 80% of all aid reported to the Ministry of Finance during that time. Joshua Powell
2012-04-19

Where are donors working in Malawi? A new dataset sheds light

The dataset includes sub-national geocodes for approximately 550 aid projects undertaken in Malawi since 2000, representing nearly $5.3 billion in total commitments or roughly 80% of all aid reported to the Ministry of Finance during that time.

Do Private Flows Reach the Lowest Income Countries? Analysis of private investment suggests that the lowest income countries do not experience dramatically lower inflows than better-off developing countries. Eva Baker, Ben Buch
2012-04-04

Do Private Flows Reach the Lowest Income Countries?

Analysis of private investment suggests that the lowest income countries do not experience dramatically lower inflows than better-off developing countries.

The Benefits (and Drawbacks) of Coding Aid Projects By Activity IATI reporting standards, CRS purpose codes, AidData activity coding, and Open Aid Partnership geocoding all demonstrate that transparent, accessible, and detailed aid information is well within reach. Brian O'Donnell
2012-03-22

The Benefits (and Drawbacks) of Coding Aid Projects By Activity

IATI reporting standards, CRS purpose codes, AidData activity coding, and Open Aid Partnership geocoding all demonstrate that transparent, accessible, and detailed aid information is well within reach.

How Important are Private and Non-DAC Sources of Global Development Finance? The absence of country-level data on private investment, private philanthropy, and remittances almost certainly distorts the overall picture of global development finance flowing into a given country. Ben Buch, Kevin McCrory
2012-03-15

How Important are Private and Non-DAC Sources of Global Development Finance?

The absence of country-level data on private investment, private philanthropy, and remittances almost certainly distorts the overall picture of global development finance flowing into a given country.

Mapping makes it easier to identify links between climate change, conflict, and aid CCAPS researchers are investigating the interplay of climate-related hazards and incidents of violent conflict, and the way conflict dynamics are changing over time and space. Emily Kallaur
2012-03-07

Mapping makes it easier to identify links between climate change, conflict, and aid

CCAPS researchers are investigating the interplay of climate-related hazards and incidents of violent conflict, and the way conflict dynamics are changing over time and space.

New Research Resources on AidData.org AidData is offering new, smaller prepared dataset options based on our Research Release. Robert Mosolgo
2012-03-02

New Research Resources on AidData.org

AidData is offering new, smaller prepared dataset options based on our Research Release.

The Case for Using Project-Level Data to Study Aid Distribution and Impact Finer-grained aid information is helping scholars gain greater leverage on questions related to aid allocation and effectiveness. Bradley C. Parks
2012-02-20

The Case for Using Project-Level Data to Study Aid Distribution and Impact

Finer-grained aid information is helping scholars gain greater leverage on questions related to aid allocation and effectiveness.

A World without Aid Transparency: Dispatch from the Frontlines in Bangladesh Identifying whether and how projects are functioning in impoverished communities is the central to designing effective poverty alleviation projects. Ishita Ahmed
2012-02-09

A World without Aid Transparency: Dispatch from the Frontlines in Bangladesh

Identifying whether and how projects are functioning in impoverished communities is the central to designing effective poverty alleviation projects.

New AidData Research Briefs Posted: Is Health and Education Aid Effective? These 3-5 page publications seek to make the empirical findings of AidData-affiliated faculty more accessible to policymakers, development practitioners, journalists, and the general public. AidData
2012-01-30

New AidData Research Briefs Posted: Is Health and Education Aid Effective?

These 3-5 page publications seek to make the empirical findings of AidData-affiliated faculty more accessible to policymakers, development practitioners, journalists, and the general public.

Looking Beyond the Supervision-Outcome Relationship in World Bank Projects While supervision of aid projects is important, so too is understanding how general contextual factors shape the success and failure of projects. Dylan Murray, Chris Salvi
2012-01-19

Looking Beyond the Supervision-Outcome Relationship in World Bank Projects

While supervision of aid projects is important, so too is understanding how general contextual factors shape the success and failure of projects.

Do strong monitoring and evaluation systems and high levels of staff supervision make World Bank projects more effective? Effective supervision is a necessary, but insufficient, predictor of project success. Ben Buch, Doug Nicholson
2012-01-12

Do strong monitoring and evaluation systems and high levels of staff supervision make World Bank projects more effective?

Effective supervision is a necessary, but insufficient, predictor of project success.

Transparency in South-South Cooperation: Why Does it Matter? Venezuela's South-South cooperation has helped it curry favor with governments in the region, but it has also made the Chávez administration the subject of intense criticism for its apparent lack of transparency. Daniel Gamboa Galvez, Jaclyn Goldschmidt
2012-01-11

Transparency in South-South Cooperation: Why Does it Matter?

Venezuela's South-South cooperation has helped it curry favor with governments in the region, but it has also made the Chávez administration the subject of intense criticism for its apparent lack of transparency.

Assessing Donor Transparency Practices Outside of the DAC Including non-DAC development finance agencies in future benchmarking exercises would be a great service to the aid transparency policy discussion, as manyare currently establishing new agencies and working out how information will be gathered and published for years to come. Robert Mosolgo
2011-12-08

Assessing Donor Transparency Practices Outside of the DAC

Including non-DAC development finance agencies in future benchmarking exercises would be a great service to the aid transparency policy discussion, as manyare currently establishing new agencies and working out how information will be gathered and published for years to come.

Mapping World Bank Project Success Patterns in Afghanistan: Does the Spatial Distribution of Violence Matter? The spatial distribution of violence and project performance do not correspond as closely as one might expect. Bradley C. Parks, Brian O'Donnell
2011-12-05

Mapping World Bank Project Success Patterns in Afghanistan: Does the Spatial Distribution of Violence Matter?

The spatial distribution of violence and project performance do not correspond as closely as one might expect.

Making Open Data Work for the Poor Information is power, and it may improve development outcomes – if applied correctly. Dan Nielson, Dustin Homer
2011-11-29

Making Open Data Work for the Poor

Information is power, and it may improve development outcomes – if applied correctly.

Introducing AidData 2.0 Today, AidData launched its new and improved website, featuring more content and new data and marking an expansion in the program’s mission and scope. Bradley C. Parks, Steve Davenport
2011-11-17

Introducing AidData 2.0

Today, AidData launched its new and improved website, featuring more content and new data and marking an expansion in the program’s mission and scope.

A fresh look at China as an aid donor Evidence suggests that Chinese aid is not overwhelmingly influenced by the country's commercial or political interests. Austin Strange
2011-11-16

A fresh look at China as an aid donor

Evidence suggests that Chinese aid is not overwhelmingly influenced by the country's commercial or political interests.

Newly Released World Bank Dataset a Step Forward for Aid Transparency The World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group dataset containing evaluations of almost 10,000 World Bank projects since the early 1960s. Ben Buch, Doug Nicholson
2011-11-02

Newly Released World Bank Dataset a Step Forward for Aid Transparency

The World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group dataset containing evaluations of almost 10,000 World Bank projects since the early 1960s.

Got transparency? Leaders and laggards in climate finance reporting A new scorecard reveals that we have a long way to go in making climate finance transparent. J. Timmons Roberts, David Ciplet
2011-09-26

Got transparency? Leaders and laggards in climate finance reporting

A new scorecard reveals that we have a long way to go in making climate finance transparent.

Using Remote Sensing Technologies to Monitor Aid's Impact Remote sensing can help social and environmental scientists better understand aid's role as a possible driver of land use and land cover change Stuart Hamilton
2011-09-21

Using Remote Sensing Technologies to Monitor Aid's Impact

Remote sensing can help social and environmental scientists better understand aid's role as a possible driver of land use and land cover change

New Report on Chinese Aid Transparency Expresses Cautious Optimism The report outlines how Chinese aid reporting differs from Western methods and assesses the prospects for improving the transparency of China's foreign assistance. Austin Strange
2011-09-20

New Report on Chinese Aid Transparency Expresses Cautious Optimism

The report outlines how Chinese aid reporting differs from Western methods and assesses the prospects for improving the transparency of China's foreign assistance.

A spatial perspective on World Bank health projects in India While development indicators improved in some regions over time, some regions were continuously lagging behind. Anustubh Agnihotri
2011-08-29

A spatial perspective on World Bank health projects in India

While development indicators improved in some regions over time, some regions were continuously lagging behind.

Food for thought? The growth in food production could be a sign that the renaissance of agricultural aid is enjoying some success. But despite these positive trends, the global food crisis continues. Kedar Pavgi, Reggie Gomez
2011-08-25

Food for thought?

The growth in food production could be a sign that the renaissance of agricultural aid is enjoying some success. But despite these positive trends, the global food crisis continues.

AfDB geocoded dataset now publicly available The data include more than $10 billion in AfDB Group funding to 43 African countries. Joshua Powell
2011-08-15

AfDB geocoded dataset now publicly available

The data include more than $10 billion in AfDB Group funding to 43 African countries.

Experimenting with Aid Information AidData will be partnering with UNICEF and Ushahidi to run a randomized controlled trial in Uganda to test which incentive mechanisms are most effective in recruiting Ugandan citizens to provide useful information on development needs and outcomes. Alena Stern
2011-06-27

Experimenting with Aid Information

AidData will be partnering with UNICEF and Ushahidi to run a randomized controlled trial in Uganda to test which incentive mechanisms are most effective in recruiting Ugandan citizens to provide useful information on development needs and outcomes.

Where does aid go? Mapping the African Development Bank’s Activities AidData's new map shows the AfDB's ongoing operations in three countries: Cameroon, Morocco, and Tanzania. AidData
2011-06-14

Where does aid go? Mapping the African Development Bank’s Activities

AidData's new map shows the AfDB's ongoing operations in three countries: Cameroon, Morocco, and Tanzania.

China’s Foreign Aid White Paper: a Victory for the Aid Transparency Movement? While the paper provides some aggregate funding statistics, but it does not provide the granular project-level detail necessary to monitor the nature of the country’s specific development assistance activities. Peter Bergen
2011-05-31

China’s Foreign Aid White Paper: a Victory for the Aid Transparency Movement?

While the paper provides some aggregate funding statistics, but it does not provide the granular project-level detail necessary to monitor the nature of the country’s specific development assistance activities.

Supply vs. Demand in Aid Transparency and Accountability It is important to recognize the significant constraints that donors face in making their data public. AidData
2011-05-20

Supply vs. Demand in Aid Transparency and Accountability

It is important to recognize the significant constraints that donors face in making their data public.

Open Data for Development Camp highlights challenges and innovations in aid transparency Participants generally agreed that open development data should be a core component of a paradigm shift towards increased transparency, accountability, and public participation in development practice. AidData
2011-05-18

Open Data for Development Camp highlights challenges and innovations in aid transparency

Participants generally agreed that open development data should be a core component of a paradigm shift towards increased transparency, accountability, and public participation in development practice.

U.S. Foreign Aid to Pakistan: In Perspective Clear information on the types and amounts of aid given by the US to Pakistan has been notably absent from public discourse. Dustin Homer
2011-05-11

U.S. Foreign Aid to Pakistan: In Perspective

Clear information on the types and amounts of aid given by the US to Pakistan has been notably absent from public discourse.

Emerging Economies Press for Continued Access to Coal Financing at the World Bank A recent uptick in coal-based power lending might indicate that donor countries like the US no longer exert the influence at the World Bank that they once had. Mark Buntaine
2011-04-25

Emerging Economies Press for Continued Access to Coal Financing at the World Bank

A recent uptick in coal-based power lending might indicate that donor countries like the US no longer exert the influence at the World Bank that they once had.

Time for some mashups: World Bank and AidData released geographic data for 81 countries and launch open.aiddata.org The geocoded data represent more than 16,000 locations for more than 2,700 active Bank activities in all 79 IDA countries, plus China and the Philippines. AidData
2011-04-18

Time for some mashups: World Bank and AidData released geographic data for 81 countries and launch open.aiddata.org

The geocoded data represent more than 16,000 locations for more than 2,700 active Bank activities in all 79 IDA countries, plus China and the Philippines.

Bangladesh: Mapping climate change and food security Mapping results in Bangladesh shows how swiftly Bank support has been distributed to reach people in need, and in locations where impact is greatest. Joshua Powell, Molly Norris
2011-04-14

Bangladesh: Mapping climate change and food security

Mapping results in Bangladesh shows how swiftly Bank support has been distributed to reach people in need, and in locations where impact is greatest.

Politics of Aid Allocation Redux Vreeland's paper and an AidData blog post gave the impression that it was about $71 million per year for two seats on IO boards. But, it turns out the Swiss almost certainly got more for their money than we thought. AidData
2011-04-12

Politics of Aid Allocation Redux

Vreeland's paper and an AidData blog post gave the impression that it was about $71 million per year for two seats on IO boards. But, it turns out the Swiss almost certainly got more for their money than we thought.

Thoughts on Ten Steps (or at least a few of them) While raw data is fantastic, especially for researchers and analysts, there are also a lot of people interested in aid who would like their information pre-cooked to some degree. AidData
2011-04-07

Thoughts on Ten Steps (or at least a few of them)

While raw data is fantastic, especially for researchers and analysts, there are also a lot of people interested in aid who would like their information pre-cooked to some degree.

AidData to make trillions of dollars in development assistance compatible with IATI standard The AidData database currently accounts for around $4 trillion in development activities funded by nearly 90 donor agencies between 1945 and 2010 - this feature will therefore instantly make a vast quantity of aid information compatible with the IATI standard. AidData
2011-04-04

AidData to make trillions of dollars in development assistance compatible with IATI standard

The AidData database currently accounts for around $4 trillion in development activities funded by nearly 90 donor agencies between 1945 and 2010 - this feature will therefore instantly make a vast quantity of aid information compatible with the IATI standard.

The Politics of Foreign Aid Allocation A surprising number of political scientists analyze aid allocation from a geo-strategic perspective where states make aid commitments or allocations in pursuit of other foreign policy goals, rather than just domestic political goals. AidData
2011-04-04

The Politics of Foreign Aid Allocation

A surprising number of political scientists analyze aid allocation from a geo-strategic perspective where states make aid commitments or allocations in pursuit of other foreign policy goals, rather than just domestic political goals.

Aid and reconstruction challenges in post-disaster contexts: Japan and Haiti People who are moved by the devastation of the Japanese earthquake and wish to help would probably do better to look back at last year's earthquake in Haiti and donate to organizations that continue to do crucial work there, after the world media has largely moved on. AidData
2011-03-31

Aid and reconstruction challenges in post-disaster contexts: Japan and Haiti

People who are moved by the devastation of the Japanese earthquake and wish to help would probably do better to look back at last year's earthquake in Haiti and donate to organizations that continue to do crucial work there, after the world media has largely moved on.

From recipients to donors: Developing countries as providers of disaster relief It seems plausible that some countries are offering in help in part as a way to express gratitude for receiving foreign aid in the past and/or in hopes of receiving such aid in the future. AidData
2011-03-30

From recipients to donors: Developing countries as providers of disaster relief

It seems plausible that some countries are offering in help in part as a way to express gratitude for receiving foreign aid in the past and/or in hopes of receiving such aid in the future.

AidData celebrates first birthday It’s been an exciting year for the aid transparency movement overall. AidData
2011-03-23

AidData celebrates first birthday

It’s been an exciting year for the aid transparency movement overall.

Aid to be paid on delivery? The idea behind cash on delivery is that aid recipients are paid for achieving various development benchmarks, plus bonuses for additional achievements. AidData
2011-03-18

Aid to be paid on delivery?

The idea behind cash on delivery is that aid recipients are paid for achieving various development benchmarks, plus bonuses for additional achievements.

Putting Aside the "Humanitarian, Do-Good" Stuff Though an AidData team observed an overall relationship between unemployment and aid commitments, this effect was strongly mediated by domestic politics. AidData
2011-03-11

Putting Aside the "Humanitarian, Do-Good" Stuff

Though an AidData team observed an overall relationship between unemployment and aid commitments, this effect was strongly mediated by domestic politics.

Transparency Promotes Data Visualization The combination of easily accessible data on development finance and open data from the World Bank's World Development Indicators allows computer software geniuses to visualize data in useful and interesting ways. AidData
2011-02-22

Transparency Promotes Data Visualization

The combination of easily accessible data on development finance and open data from the World Bank's World Development Indicators allows computer software geniuses to visualize data in useful and interesting ways.

Gendering Agricultural Aid? While the discourse about mainstreaming gender and targeting vulnerable female populations has continued to increase over time, dollars for this purpose have not. AidData
2011-02-07

Gendering Agricultural Aid?

While the discourse about mainstreaming gender and targeting vulnerable female populations has continued to increase over time, dollars for this purpose have not.

Moving closer to an international data standard for aid information IATI has been signed by 18 donors and endorsed by 18 partner countries. AidData
2011-02-01

Moving closer to an international data standard for aid information

IATI has been signed by 18 donors and endorsed by 18 partner countries.

Better Data Could Inform This Debate Van Der Veen moves from assertion to simple empirical poking and shows that for the projects with the largest dollar amounts, donors have worked in conjunction with official authorities. AidData
2010-11-18

Better Data Could Inform This Debate

Van Der Veen moves from assertion to simple empirical poking and shows that for the projects with the largest dollar amounts, donors have worked in conjunction with official authorities.

Aid Transparency After the Election: Emerging Common Ground? Only when aid information can be compared across U.S. agencies and with other donors will it be possible for legislators, taxpayers, and aid workers to tell if money is being put to the best use possible. Karin Christiansen
2010-11-10

Aid Transparency After the Election: Emerging Common Ground?

Only when aid information can be compared across U.S. agencies and with other donors will it be possible for legislators, taxpayers, and aid workers to tell if money is being put to the best use possible.

Mapping development for better results The many benefits include facilitated coordination among donors and thus better-directed aid. Ilona Mäkinen
2010-10-29

Mapping development for better results

The many benefits include facilitated coordination among donors and thus better-directed aid.

PWYF Aid Transparency Assessment 2010 While PWYF looks at three broad areas of transparency and seven specific indicators of transparency, they also provide an interactive tool that allows web users to re-weight the distinct areas of transparency based on their own judgments of their relative importance. AidData
2010-10-29

PWYF Aid Transparency Assessment 2010

While PWYF looks at three broad areas of transparency and seven specific indicators of transparency, they also provide an interactive tool that allows web users to re-weight the distinct areas of transparency based on their own judgments of their relative importance.

The Elusive Quest for Effective Aid Management in Liberia One commonly-heard argument is that recipient governments need to first take steps to "put their own house in order" to boost donor confidence. By all appearances, the Liberian authorities are doing just that. Bradley C. Parks, Nakul Kadaba
2010-10-20

The Elusive Quest for Effective Aid Management in Liberia

One commonly-heard argument is that recipient governments need to first take steps to "put their own house in order" to boost donor confidence. By all appearances, the Liberian authorities are doing just that.

World Bank Open Data Initiative Features Geo-Coded Maps Yesterday the World Bank unveiled an interactive mapping tool that allows users to view the locations within a country where World Bank project dollars are spent, view expenditures by sector, and overlay these projects with sub-national data. AidData
2010-10-08

World Bank Open Data Initiative Features Geo-Coded Maps

Yesterday the World Bank unveiled an interactive mapping tool that allows users to view the locations within a country where World Bank project dollars are spent, view expenditures by sector, and overlay these projects with sub-national data.

Quality of Official Development Assistance Report (QuODA) Issued by Brookings and CGD The report ranks both donors and donor agencies in terms of four broad categories -- Maximizing Efficiency; Fostering Institutions; Reducing Burden; and Transparency and Learning. AidData
2010-10-05

Quality of Official Development Assistance Report (QuODA) Issued by Brookings and CGD

The report ranks both donors and donor agencies in terms of four broad categories -- Maximizing Efficiency; Fostering Institutions; Reducing Burden; and Transparency and Learning.

Grassroots Monitoring and Aid Effectiveness: Does Greater Community Involvement Matter? This simple idea -- that local community members have strong incentives to track how funds are being spent in their own localities, but need detailed public expenditure information and political space to conduct an effective oversight role -- has become increasingly popular. Bradley C. Parks, Anca Cretu
2010-09-29

Grassroots Monitoring and Aid Effectiveness: Does Greater Community Involvement Matter?

This simple idea -- that local community members have strong incentives to track how funds are being spent in their own localities, but need detailed public expenditure information and political space to conduct an effective oversight role -- has become increasingly popular.

India opens up its aid tap While the Indian aid apparatus is still forming and no central agency has been established, we have been able to collect some very basic project level statistics from outcome budgets. Jonathan Chan
2010-09-21

India opens up its aid tap

While the Indian aid apparatus is still forming and no central agency has been established, we have been able to collect some very basic project level statistics from outcome budgets.

Aid Shocks Likely Cause Armed Conflict Research suggests that, even if aid proves entirely ineffective at relieving poverty or promoting economic growth, withdrawing it suddenly might lead to violent conflict. Dan Nielson, Tara Candland
2010-09-15

Aid Shocks Likely Cause Armed Conflict

Research suggests that, even if aid proves entirely ineffective at relieving poverty or promoting economic growth, withdrawing it suddenly might lead to violent conflict.

New MDG Strategy Document Signals USG Commitment to Aid Transparency If the USG gets on the aid transparency bandwagon, it could be a huge boost for the International Aid Transparency Initiative and broader efforts to strengthen the feedback loop between donors and intended beneficiaries. Bradley C. Parks
2010-09-13

New MDG Strategy Document Signals USG Commitment to Aid Transparency

If the USG gets on the aid transparency bandwagon, it could be a huge boost for the International Aid Transparency Initiative and broader efforts to strengthen the feedback loop between donors and intended beneficiaries.

South-North Cooperation? Hurricane Katrina and the US as an aid recipient The government of Qatar allocated $100 million to health, education, and housing projects across the US Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Jonathan Chan
2010-09-02

South-North Cooperation? Hurricane Katrina and the US as an aid recipient

The government of Qatar allocated $100 million to health, education, and housing projects across the US Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

A Slow Tsunami of Assistance? While other donors invest a larger proportion of their aid into humanitarian assistance and rapid response activities, Arab donors have traditionally been more active in the reconstruction phase of emergency response. Mike Tierney, Eva Baker, Michael Weissberger
2010-08-24

A Slow Tsunami of Assistance?

While other donors invest a larger proportion of their aid into humanitarian assistance and rapid response activities, Arab donors have traditionally been more active in the reconstruction phase of emergency response.

Leveraging the “Wisdom of Crowds”: Enhanced Project View and Crowd-Sourcing One potential remedy to the "broken feedback loop" is to make it easier for project beneficiaries and local stakeholders in developing countries to share real-time performance information with Western donor agencies. Bradley C. Parks
2010-08-20

Leveraging the “Wisdom of Crowds”: Enhanced Project View and Crowd-Sourcing

One potential remedy to the "broken feedback loop" is to make it easier for project beneficiaries and local stakeholders in developing countries to share real-time performance information with Western donor agencies.

Donor Coordination in Kenya and Mozambique Geo-referencing development projects is one very promising method that could facilitate greater coordination and dialogue between policymakers, development practitioners, researchers, NGOs, recipient governments, and citizens. Alena Stern, Joshua Powell
2010-08-17

Donor Coordination in Kenya and Mozambique

Geo-referencing development projects is one very promising method that could facilitate greater coordination and dialogue between policymakers, development practitioners, researchers, NGOs, recipient governments, and citizens.

Donor Bingo -or- Four New Donors These additional donors represent an additional $3,867,402,828 (USD 2000) of aid in 506 individual projects. AidData
2010-08-16

Donor Bingo -or- Four New Donors

These additional donors represent an additional $3,867,402,828 (USD 2000) of aid in 506 individual projects.

Aid, Women, and Progress in Morocco While the achievement levels of Moroccan women have increased since the Moudawana reforms, Morocco has stayed roughly in the same place relative to the rest of the countries in the world. Eva Baker, Anne Bernier
2010-08-11

Aid, Women, and Progress in Morocco

While the achievement levels of Moroccan women have increased since the Moudawana reforms, Morocco has stayed roughly in the same place relative to the rest of the countries in the world.

Credible Commitments and Environmental Aid Donors may be allocating environmental aid in order to build capacity for environmental governance in countries where current capacity is low. AidData
2010-08-10

Credible Commitments and Environmental Aid

Donors may be allocating environmental aid in order to build capacity for environmental governance in countries where current capacity is low.

Mapping For Results Geo-referencing creates the localized information that empowers recipients to hold their governments accountable and makes it possible to easily visualize aid information so it is accessible and understandable. Alena Stern
2010-08-08

Mapping For Results

Geo-referencing creates the localized information that empowers recipients to hold their governments accountable and makes it possible to easily visualize aid information so it is accessible and understandable.

AidData 1.1 Tonight we pushed AidData version 1.1 out the door! AidData
2010-08-04

AidData 1.1

Tonight we pushed AidData version 1.1 out the door!

Brazil gives as much aid as Canada and Sweden? Maybe not... Brazil isn’t acting like more traditional non-DAC donors that rely on large cash transfers and heavily structured infrastructure projects. Instead, it is leveraging its comparative advantages to provide assistance to other developing countries. Eva Baker
2010-07-29

Brazil gives as much aid as Canada and Sweden? Maybe not...

Brazil isn’t acting like more traditional non-DAC donors that rely on large cash transfers and heavily structured infrastructure projects. Instead, it is leveraging its comparative advantages to provide assistance to other developing countries.

A Tale of Two Deltas: Part Two With the possibility the containment cap may hold until relief wells are finished in the next month, we wanted to update our numbers and take a new look at these two spills. Jonathan Chan
2010-07-19

A Tale of Two Deltas: Part Two

With the possibility the containment cap may hold until relief wells are finished in the next month, we wanted to update our numbers and take a new look at these two spills.

Conflict and Aid Beyond Kyrgyzstan Given the history of tensions and a slim portfolio of aid for conflict prevention, a reassessment of the composition and geographical distribution of aid may be appropriate as the international community considers how to prevent strife from stifling development in Central Asia. Jonathan Chan
2010-07-16

Conflict and Aid Beyond Kyrgyzstan

Given the history of tensions and a slim portfolio of aid for conflict prevention, a reassessment of the composition and geographical distribution of aid may be appropriate as the international community considers how to prevent strife from stifling development in Central Asia.

A Tale of Two Deltas While the volume of the oil spill in the Gulf is still considerably smaller, the efforts to clean it up have certainly eclipsed any previous efforts to clean up any oil spill in the Niger Delta. Jonathan Chan, Brian O'Donnell, Jillian Feirson
2010-07-01

A Tale of Two Deltas

While the volume of the oil spill in the Gulf is still considerably smaller, the efforts to clean it up have certainly eclipsed any previous efforts to clean up any oil spill in the Niger Delta.

What Can the U.S. Learn from China? A little competition may go a long way towards crafting a U.S. aid strategy that is effective, sustainable, and even more appealing than a Chinese sack of cash. Mike Tierney
2010-05-21

What Can the U.S. Learn from China?

A little competition may go a long way towards crafting a U.S. aid strategy that is effective, sustainable, and even more appealing than a Chinese sack of cash.

AidData 1.0.5 AidData 1.0.5 is the third in a series of point releases since our public launch on March 24, 2010. AidData
2010-05-11

AidData 1.0.5

AidData 1.0.5 is the third in a series of point releases since our public launch on March 24, 2010.

Eradicating Guinea Worm: What do our data have to say? Using guinea worm as an example here are some points which highlight the strengths of AidData while also focusing on the need for further improved data in certain areas. Mike Tierney
2010-04-30

Eradicating Guinea Worm: What do our data have to say?

Using guinea worm as an example here are some points which highlight the strengths of AidData while also focusing on the need for further improved data in certain areas.

Arab Aid Isn't What It Used To Be... As a proportion of either GNI or total government spending, Kuwait has reduced its aid spending. Mike Tierney
2010-04-25

Arab Aid Isn't What It Used To Be...

As a proportion of either GNI or total government spending, Kuwait has reduced its aid spending.

AidData 1.0.4 The changes in 1.0.4 are mainly small bug fixes that users have emailed us about since we launched last month. AidData
2010-04-21

AidData 1.0.4

The changes in 1.0.4 are mainly small bug fixes that users have emailed us about since we launched last month.

Coming Soon: AidData.org v1.0.4 We wanted to update everyone on where we are with fixing various issues in both data and software reported by a number of our users. Mike Tierney
2010-04-13

Coming Soon: AidData.org v1.0.4

We wanted to update everyone on where we are with fixing various issues in both data and software reported by a number of our users.

What can AidData tell us about Haiti? Nearly 30 non-DAC bilateral donors made pledges at the donor conference, and we’ll be working hard over the coming months to track these projects right here on the AidData portal. Mike Tierney, Jonathan Chan
2010-04-09

What can AidData tell us about Haiti?

Nearly 30 non-DAC bilateral donors made pledges at the donor conference, and we’ll be working hard over the coming months to track these projects right here on the AidData portal.

AidData, IATI, and... Boats? One of the most exciting developments in the world of aid transparency is the emerging data sharing standard developed by the International Aid Transparency Initiative. Mike Tierney
2010-04-08

AidData, IATI, and... Boats?

One of the most exciting developments in the world of aid transparency is the emerging data sharing standard developed by the International Aid Transparency Initiative.

Welcome to the First Tranche While data is the centerpiece of the AidData initiative, we will be blogging about a variety of topics that are related to development finance. Mike Tierney, Dan Nielson, Ryan Powers
2010-03-20

Welcome to the First Tranche

While data is the centerpiece of the AidData initiative, we will be blogging about a variety of topics that are related to development finance.

Chinese aid to Africa looks a lot like Western aid to Africa, new research finds In "Apples and Dragon Fruits," AidData researchers from the College of William & Mary, Heidelberg University, and Harvard University refute popular misconceptions and clarify common misunderstandings about what the Chinese are up to in Africa. AidData

Chinese aid to Africa looks a lot like Western aid to Africa, new research finds

In "Apples and Dragon Fruits," AidData researchers from the College of William & Mary, Heidelberg University, and Harvard University refute popular misconceptions and clarify common misunderstandings about what the Chinese are up to in Africa.