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Harnessing open data to help the most vulnerable in Uganda

Hina Acharya is a first-year Master’s student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. This summer, Hina worked at the Open Sustainability Institute as an AidData Summer Fellow A storm gathers over farmland in the hills near Lake Mutanda, Uganda. Uganda’s farmers are under threat from increasing extreme weather events.

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Foreign aid’s commitment problem

Editor’s Note: The following post is from guest author Haley J. Swedlund, Assistant Professor at the Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management in the School of Management at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.Mixed signals? For development agencies and country governments to reach “go” on aid policies — and then uphold their commitments — is no small feat.

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Where is AidData heading next? A sneak peek at our 3-year strategic vision

One reason I love working at AidData is that I get a front-row seat to the process of scientific discovery and innovation. I also get to see how the innovations that emerge from that process are actually used by development organizations to target, monitor, and evaluate their own investments.

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Building a geospatial revolution

Editor’s Note: This post is fifth and final in a series taking a look back at some of the lessons learned and accomplishments of the AidData Center for Development Policy over the past five years in partnership with the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID.AidData’s Pat Austria (College of William and Mary Class of ’13) speaks at the U.S. Global Development Lab Launch April 3, 2014.

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Supporting evaluation at USAID through a global research network

Editor’s Note: This post is the fourth in a series taking a look back at some of the lessons learned and accomplishments of the AidData Center for Development Policy over the past five years in partnership with the U.S. Global Development Lab.AidData Geospatial Assistant Qiao Li leads an Intro to ArcGIS training session during the first AidData Research Consortium (ARC) convening in Janu

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Expanding USAID’s capacity for data-driven decisions

Editors Note: This post is the third in a series taking a look back at some of the lessons learned and accomplishments of the AidData Center for Development Policy over the past five years in partnership with the U.S. Global Development Lab.This visualization of Rwanda, constructed by AidData Fellow Joshua Okafor,

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Spreading geocoded aid information through the AidData Summer Fellows

Editor’s note: This summer, ten host organizations around the world welcomed twelve students to serve as AidData Summer Fellows. We’ll be showcasing their stories on our Medium feed each week — start this week by diving into the hunt for open data with Fe

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Allocating funding fairly in Nepal

Inside Nepal’s Ministry of Finance, a small four-person team has a formidable responsibility: overseeing more than a $1 billion in development assistance annually that represents up to 20% of the national budget. Accelerating the country’s development and improving the livelihoods of the 25% of Nepalis who live below the poverty line requires maximizing the impact of every dollar spent.

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Making development data fit for purpose in Senegal

Launching Senegal’s ambitious twenty-year national development strategy in 2015, President Macky Sall emphasized data as central for the country to meet its development goals. The “Emerging Senegal Plan” identified education and health as pilot sectors for a new initiative to place data at the center of budget allocation decisions.

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Papers selected for workshop on tracking international aid from emerging economies

Heidelberg University and AidData are pleased to announce the selection of twelve proposals for papers to be presented at a workshop on tracking international aid from emerging economies to be held this September in Heidelberg, Germany.New land emerges from the sea at the US$1.4 billion Chinese-backed Port City project near Sri Lanka’s main port,

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

Data for Development in Africa was a two-day event demonstrating how data innovation can improve lives and livelihoods across the region. Graphic by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data On June 29-30, more than 300 representatives from country governments, regional bodies, the private sector,

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AidData-Afrobarometer partnership produces geocoded public-attitude survey data for 37 African…

For more than a decade, Afrobarometer and AidData have independently provided policymakers, practitioners, and researchers with granular data about what is happening on the ground in Africa. Two years ago, our organizations recognized that a broad array of new insights would be discoverable if we could combine our data on development investments with data on local governance,

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From Williamsburg to the world: AidData Summer Fellows launch their journey

Bon voyage and congratulations to the 2017 AidData Summer Fellows! Earlier this month the Fellows scattered out to NGOs across the globe. Photo by Morgan Goad for AidData.This June, ten host organizations around the world welcomed twelve undergraduate and graduate students to serve as AidData Summer Fellows for 2017.

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When does multilateral development finance provide better value-for-money?

As nationalist forces take hold in the U.S. and Europe, policymakers are asking fundamental questions about the value of multilateral institutions that provide development finance. Do these institutions provide good value-for-money? What are their comparative strengths and weaknesses? How do they compare to their bilateral counterparts?

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