After releasing the first-ever global dataset of Chinese development projects in October of 2017, AidData embarked on a far-reaching effort to assign precise geographic coordinates to those projects. The result of thousands of hours of geocoding by dozens of research assistants is a first-of-its-kind geocoded dataset that pinpoints 3,485 Chinese development projects worth USD $273.6 billion that were implemented in 6,190 locations in 138 countries over a fifteen-year period (2000-2014). This dataset only includes projects that were both recommended for research in the original dataset and projects whose status was completed or implemented.
The data package available for download at the link above includes the following files:
Each row in these datasets contain a project location. To make it easier for users to distinguish between projects that do or do not meet the strict definition of “aid,” these files provide project location records that have been pre-filtered according to the “flow_class” variable (ODA-like, OOF-like, or Vague OF). Descriptions of these flow classes and their meanings are included in the accompanying ReadMe.
Funding: This research was made possible with generous financial support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Humanity United, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Academic Research Fund of Singapore’s Ministry of Education, the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the College of William and Mary.