TDF

Transparent Development Footprints

Program Overview

Tracking underreported financial flows

As officially-reported Western aid becomes a smaller fraction of the total financing for sustainable development, AidData is pioneering new methods to track the large and growing number of development investments made by non-Western governments like China and Qatar, non-state actors like companies and private philanthropies, and low- and middle-income countries themselves.

AidData uses unique data and methods to answer a range of questions about these less understood global development actors:

  • What are their investment priorities?
  • How closely do their investments align with national development priorities and global goals?
  • In which countries and sectors are they most and least influential?
  • What are the intended and unintended effects of their investments?

Featured China Research

Featured Publications

How China Lends: A Rare Look into 100 Debt Contracts with Foreign Governments

Anna Gelpern, Sebastian Horn, Scott Morris, Brad Parks, Christoph Trebesch

2021-03-31

Policy Report

Silk Road Diplomacy: Deconstructing Beijing's toolkit to influence South and Central Asia

Samantha Custer, Tanya Sethi, Jonathan A. Solis, Joyce Jiahui Lin, Siddhartha Ghose, Anubhav Gupta, Rodney Knight, Austin Baehr

2019-12-10

Policy Report

Influencing the Narrative: How the Chinese government mobilizes students and media to burnish its image

Samantha Custer, Mihir Prakash, Jonathan A. Solis, Rodney Knight, Joyce Jiahui Lin

2019-12-09

Policy Report

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

2018-06-27

Journal Article

The effects of trade, aid, and investment on China's image in Latin America

Journal of Comparative Economics

Vera Z. Eichenauer, Andreas Fuchs, Lutz Brückner

2021-06-01

Working Paper
105

Chinese Development Aid and Agricultural Productivity: Evidence from Tanzania

Abraham Lartey

2021-02-26

Program Team

For technical or research inquires, contact:

Policy Analysis

Samantha Custer

Director of Policy Analysis

Policy Analysis

Rodney Knight

Deputy Director of Research

Ammar A. Malik

Senior Research Scientist

Policy Analysis

Brooke Russell

Associate Director, Transparent Development Footprints

Policy Analysis

Joyce Lin

Program Manager

Policy Analysis

Amber Hutchinson

Junior Data Analyst

Policy Analysis

Austin Baehr

Program Manager

Policy Analysis

Brook Lautenslager

Software Lead

Policy Analysis

Divya Mathew

Policy Specialist

Policy Analysis

Emily Dumont

Program Manager

Gates Foundation
Hewlett
MacArthur Foundation
Ministry of Education of Singapore
UNU-WIDER
William & Mary

Alex Wooley

Director of Partnerships and Communications