USAID HIgher education Solutions network member

AidData Center for Development Policy

In partnership with the U.S. Global Development Lab

AidData is a member of USAID's Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) program through the AidData Center for Development Policy. Working in partnership with USAID country missions, host governments, and civil society groups, AidData pinpoints the precise geographic locations of development projects and creates new tools and methods to derive insights from this geocoded aid data, along with high-resolution spatial data on poverty, disease, violence, environmental degradation, and governance. These data and tools make it possible to visualize and analyze where funds are going at the subnational level compared to the areas of greatest need and opportunity.

Featured Blogs

October 2018

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.

Where the coastline begins to curve gently in the lower center of the picture lies the West Bank. Photo by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center, via NASA, in the public domain.
December 2017

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.

A USAID Preventative Mini-University in Côte d'Ivoire.
September 2017

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.

AidData's Pat Austria (College of William and Mary Class of '13) speaks at the U.S. Global Development Lab Launch April 3, 2014. Photo by David Trichler for AidData, all rights reserved.
September 2017

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.

AidData Geospatial Assistant Qiao Li leads an Intro to ArcGIS training session during the first AidData Research Consortium (ARC) convening in January 2014.

Publications

Datasets

World Bank IBRD-IDA Projects

World Bank Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.4.2

Published

2017-03-20

This geocoded dataset includes all projects approved from 1995-2014 in the World Bank IBRD/IDA lending lines. It tracks more than $630 billion in commitments for 5,684 projects across 61,243 locations.

Development projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo

DRC AIMS Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.3.1

Published

2016-04-18

This dataset includes all geocoded projects in the DRC's Aid Management Platform (AMP). It tracks over $4 billion in commitments for 256 projects across 1,750 locations between 1998 and 2014.

Development projects in Nepal

Nepal AIMS Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.4.1

Published

2016-04-18

This dataset includes all geocoded projects from Nepal's Aid Management Platform (AMP). It tracks over $5.9 billion in commitments for 475 projects across 20,952 locations between 1997 and 2014.

Development projects in Uganda

Uganda AIMS Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.4.1

Published

2016-04-18

This dataset includes all geocoded projects from Uganda's Aid Management Platform (AMP). It tracks more than $12 billion in commitments for 565 geocoded projects across 2,426 locations between 1978 and 2014.

Development Projects in Senegal

Senegal AIMS Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.5.1

Published

2016-04-18

This dataset includes all geocoded projects from Senegal's Aid Management Platform (AMP). It tracks more than $7.2 billion in commitments for 856 projects across 2,314 locations between 1992 and 2014.

Development projects in Honduras

Honduras AIMS Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.3.1

Published

2016-04-18

This dataset includes all geocoded projects in Honduras's Aid Management Platform (AMP). It tracks over $3 billion in commitments for 379 projects across 5,028 locations between 1995 and 2014.

Development projects in Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste AIMS Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.4.1

Published

2016-04-18

This dataset includes all geocoded projects from Timor-Leste's Aid Management Platform (AMP). It tracks more than $1.5 billion in commitments for 499 projects across 3,506 locations between 1998 and 2015.