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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).
March 2018

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.

Member of the Strategic Information Theme working group meet to discuss the draft revision of indicators for the new upgrade to the NAC-MIS health information management system. Stakeholders from Zambia’s National Aids Council, the Ministry of Health, the CDC, the WHO, and NGOs provided feedback. Photo by Emilie Efronson/AidData.
December 2017

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.

A USAID Preventative Mini-University in Côte d'Ivoire.
November 2017

Realizing Agenda 2030: Not just more, but better financing needed to succeed

How do the global goals crowd in international financing and inform domestic priorities? A new AidData report assesses the historical baseline for funding to the SDGs.

September 2017

Beyond the Tyranny of Averages: AidData report highlights unequal development within countries

Relying on averages is worsening inequality within countries. We look at whether aid financing reaches the poorest regions, and find that donors are missing the mark.

July 2017

AidData DREAMS at #AfData17 to allocate HIV/AIDS resources more effectively

Our PEPFAR-funded project is working to improve targeting of aid investments for reducing HIV/AIDs rates among young women.

Data for Development in Africa was a two-day event demonstrating how data innovation can improve lives and livelihoods across the region.
April 2017

Data for development: Measuring only what we use

Every dollar spent on data is a dollar not spent on life-saving vaccines or key environmental protections — so we should not collect data that we will not use.

A lightshow to launch the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is seen on the facades of the General Assembly and Secretariat buildings in New York City on September 22nd, 2015.
March 2017

Avoiding Data Graveyards: How can we overcome barriers to data use?

Development practitioners track mortality rates for scourges like HIV/AIDS, and malaria. But nobody tracks the mortality rate of data.

Development practitioners track mortality rates for scourges like HIV/AIDS, and malaria. But nobody tracks the mortality rate of data.
March 2017

No one left behind: Why we need granular data to respond to hotspots in the U.S. and beyond

The story of why deadly "hotspots" of high lead levels in U.S. neighborhoods went undetected for years, and how data can help address these pockets of inequality.

The Flint Water Plant tower in Flint, MI. As of 2017, the Flint water crisis remains ongoing. Photo by George Thomas, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
March 2017

Counting the “missing millions”: Disruptive ideas to leave no one behind

Three reasons why the status quo of development data isn't good enough—and three examples of how we can change it.

Samantha Custer, Director of Policy Analysis for AidData, (second from right) moderates a panel discussion on 'The "Missing Millions" and Data Collaboratives’ in Cape Town, South Africa during the 2017 UN World Data Forum. Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth.
February 2017

What are development corridor strategies, and do they work?

Liberia made foreign direct investment (FDI) the centerpiece of its development strategy. We examine how these natural resource concessions affected local economic growth.

Sunrise in Beira, Mozambique in 2011. Photo by Andrew Moore, licensed under (CC BY-SA 2.0).
November 2016

Parceling out prosperity? Tracking and evaluating the impacts of natural resource concessions in Liberia

How concerned would you be if a third of your country's land was granted to foreign investors?

Martha Togdbba of Kpaytno, Liberia, grows vegetables, including tomatoes and chili peppers. Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl and Bread for the World, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
July 2016

PEPFAR Innovation Challenge to reduce HIV/AIDS in Africa awards AidData two-year project

AidData will produce new tools and analysis to support policymakers making crucial healthcare decisions in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Mother and newborn at the Maternal and Child Health Training Institute for medically needy individuals in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
June 2016

Tracking investment in disability inclusive development

How do we ensure people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups are included in the post-2015 development agenda?

An overview of "No One Left Behind: A Road Map for Disability Inclusive Development."
May 2016

Crowding in funding for the SDGs: Reflections on the missing development trillions

Now that the world has agreed on 17 goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators for the SDGs, the dialogue is shifting towards the “price tag” the SDGs come with. Estimates on this abound, and are in the range of $3-5 trillion.

Seventeen goals to transform our world, the Sustainable Development Goals encompass 169 targets and 230 indicators, and come with a price tag of $3-5 trillion per year.
March 2016

Walking the talk: Lessons learned and looking ahead to wave two of AidData’s Omnibus Survey

As international pressure mounts to deliver on commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is ever more important for development actors to understand how they can maximize their effectiveness and be helpful partners.

September 2015

No more flying blind: Join the data revolution for sustainable development

Attention is quickly turning from the content of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to how these goals will be implemented. Data will be critical to track resources, monitor progress, and create accountability for results.

September 2015

"The West can keep their 'aid'": Uganda looks East for infrastructure

Uganda is currently investing in huge infrastructure projects in order to further enable industrial and economic development. The country is looking to China to supply more than $10 billion in funding for the construction of many of these projects.

November 2012

Is international aid for biodiversity targeted to the right countries?

Biodiversity aid has fallen short of donor commitments, but is relatively well-targeted toward areas of biodiversity need and good governance.

August 2012

Dirty Work: The Environmental Impact of DAC and Non-DAC Donor Projects

The public release of the AidData Environmental Impact CodeDataset makes it possible to examine whether NDBs have “dirtier” grant and loan portfolios than DAC bilateral donors.

August 2012

How Eco-Friendly is Nigeria’s Foreign Aid Portfolio?

There is a lack of clean-up funding provided to Nigeria by international donors, especially in light of the total amount of external funding spent on developing Nigeria’s oil and gas sectors.

June 2012

New on Environmental Impact Codes

The environmental impact variable evaluates the likely environmental impact of a project, as well as the scope of environmental benefit.

August 2010

Credible Commitments and Environmental Aid

Donors may be allocating environmental aid in order to build capacity for environmental governance in countries where current capacity is low.

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