Program Area: SDI

Sustainable Development Intelligence

Better aid targeting to ensure that no one is left behind

We help our partners improve how sustainable development investments are targeted — geographically and demographically — in order to translate resources into results for everyone.We develop cutting-edge methods to pinpoint with greater accuracy which (vulnerable) groups of people stand to benefit most and least from specific development investments. 

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Blog Posts

May 2018

Linking the SDGs with national development planning for better coordination

AidData is piloting a new methodology in Rwanda to connect financing for and progress on the SDGs with national development.

Amina Mohammed, UN Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning, speaks about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. Photo by UN Photo/Mark Garten, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
May 2018

AidData wins $2.95 million to track HIV/AIDS in Côte d’Ivoire

The project is designed to enhance the use of health data by the government of Côte d’Ivoire, civil society organizations and local communities.

Testing for AIDS: A young woman is tested for HIV/AIDS. Photo by Martin Mugo Muiga/Horec Kenya, courtesy USAID Office of HIV/AIDS.
March 2018

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.

Refugee children from Syria at a clinic in Ramtha, northern Jordan. Photo by Russell Watkins/DFID, licensed under (CC BY 2.0).
March 2018

AidData/William & Mary awarded two-year grant to study data on refugee, migrant and trafficked children

The two-year, nearly $500,000 grant funds research to improve the data needed for assistance programs seeking to help children on the move.

Syrian refugee students attend a class in an accelerated learning program at public school in Kamed Al Louz in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Photo by Shawn Baldwin/UNHCR, licensed under (CC BY-NC 2.0).


Journal Article
World Development

Natural resource sector FDI, government policy, and economic growth: Quasi-experimental evidence from Liberia

Jonas B. Bunte, Harsh Desai, Kanio Gbala, Bradley C. Parks, Daniel Miller Runfola



Estimating Baseline Aid to the Sustainable Development Goals

Matthew DiLorenzo, Sid Ghose, Jennifer Turner


Policy Report

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


Policy Report

Beyond the Tyranny of Averages: Development Progress from the Bottom Up

Samantha Custer, Matthew DiLorenzo, Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Jessica Wells


Policy Report

Financing the SDGs in Colombia



Working Paper

Natural Resource Sector FDI and Growth in Post-Conflict Settings: Subnational Evidence from Liberia

Jonas B. Bunte, Harsh Desai, Kanio Gbala, Brad Parks, Daniel Miller Runfola