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.

Blog Posts

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.
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.
August 2017

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.

This visualization of Rwanda, constructed by AidData Fellow Joshua Okafor, illustrates the location of public and faith-based health centers and their proximity to paved roads, overlaid by a heatmap of contraceptive use. As the gradient moves from yellow to blue, levels of contraceptive use increase.


Development Projects in Senegal

Senegal AIMS Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.5.1



This is all geocoded projects from the Aid Management Platform (AMP) managed by the Government of Senegal. This dataset tracks 406 geocoded projects across 1124 locations, $7,273,001,845.41 in geocoded commitments, and $3,371,385,247.41 in geocoded disbursements between 2000 and 2012.