Associate Director, Sustainable Development Intelligence
Jacob worked as a Program Manager, Senior Program Manager, and Associate Director of the Sustainable Development Intelligence program from 2015-2019.
Jacob is Associate Director of the Sustainable Development Intelligence program at AidData. He previously led human rights abuse tracking and reporting programs in northern Myanmar and co-founded an international development organization in eastern Uganda. He has also directed private-sector international business development into European and Latin American markets. Jacob holds a dual MS in International Development and Economic History from The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Getting on target: A new approach for tracking financing to the SDGs
We tracked over $44 billion in donor financing to the SDGs in four countries, using an updated methodology for estimating SDG-related financing.
Cutting across contexts: Better evidence to link the SDGs with national planning
Political will to localize the SDGs is growing. But decision-makers need a rigorous and replicable way to link the global goals to local contexts.
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.
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.
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.
DREAMS Innovation Challenge: Applying data to increase impact of HIV/AIDS Prevention for Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Uganda
Emilie Efronson, Jacob Sims, Stephen Mugabe, and Abel Muzoora
Ties That Bind: Quantifying China's public diplomacy and its "good neighbor" effect
Samantha Custer, Brooke Russell, Matthew DiLorenzo, Mengfan Cheng, Siddhartha Ghose, Jacob Sims, Jennifer Turner, Harsh Desai
Realizing Agenda 2030: Will donor dollars and country priorities align with global goals?
Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer, Jennifer Turner, Jacob Sims, Matthew DiLorenzo, Rebecca Latourell
Avoiding Data Graveyards: Insights from Data Producers & Users in Three Countries
Samantha Custer and Tanya Sethi, Eds.
No One Left Behind: A review of social protection and disability at the World Bank
Disability and the Global South
Valerie L. Karr, Ashley van Edema, Jacob Sims, Callie Brusegaard