AidData Center for Development Policy

The AidData Center for Development Policy—a joint venture of AidData at William & Mary, Brigham Young University, the University of Texas at Austin, Development Gateway, and Esri—is a member of the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), a partnership between the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID and development labs at seven top universities to revolutionize global development through science and innovation. Working in partnership with USAID country missions, host governments, civil society groups, and a network of affiliated researchers, the Center pinpoints the precise geographic locations of development projects and creates new tools and methods, like geospatial impact evaluations, to derive insights from this and other high-resolution spatial data on poverty, disease, violence, environmental degradation, and governance.

Over the past six years, the AidData Center for Development Policy and its network have collaborated with 33 USAID Missions, Bureaus, and Independent Offices to develop new geospatial data systems and technologies; to strengthen capacity to use geospatial data; and to perform innovative geospatial research and analysis. Through 13 different buy-ins to the HESN program, we've conducted geospatial data collection, research, and capacity-building activities worth more than $7.1 million.


Global China Data

AidData’s Global Chinese Development Finance Dataset, Version 2.0



This uniquely granular dataset captures 13,427 development projects worth $843 billion financed by more than 300 Chinese government institutions and state-owned entities across 165 countries in every major region of the world from 2000-2017.

Chinese loan contracts

How China Lends Dataset, Version 1.0



This dataset contains information about 100 loan contracts between Chinese state-owned entities and government borrowers in 24 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Oceania.

World Bank IBRD-IDA Projects

World Bank Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.4.2



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



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.


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