Author Archives: aiddata

Three insights into what data users demand: Are open data advocates listening?

At the recent Open Data Research Symposium and IODC16 in Madrid, participants pushed the debate beyond the supply of open data. Over a million datasets are currently in the public domain and there now exist 2600+ open government portals — an enormous number. We need to understand whether and how this data is being used,

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

How concerned would you be if a third of your country’s land was granted to foreign investors? Liberia has pinned its hopes for economic development on foreign direct investment, granting somewhere between 21% and 38% of the country’s land to investors, or concessionaires, in the agriculture, forestry and mining sectors. However,

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Context matters in foreign aid’s effect on violence

Editor’s Note: The following post is the fourth in our “Aid and Conflict” focus series, and was compiled by First Tranche contributor Carolyn Iwicki. It is adapted from an AidData working paper — A Spatial Analysis of the Effect of Foreign Aid in Conflict Areas, by author Stijn van Weezel — that examines the link between foreign aid and conflict at the subnational level.

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Quantifying remoteness: A scale of accessibility across Nepal

More than two weeks after a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the country and killed nearly 9,000 people in April of 2015, the first help to reach the highest village in Makalu region was a single man. Adrian Hayes, an Australian hiker, trekked in unsupported and on foot to some of Nepal’s most remote villages,

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Aid to refugee camps brings help — and harm

Editor’s Note: The following post is the third in our “Aid and Conflict” focus series, and was compiled by First Tranche contributor Carolyn Iwicki. It is adapted from an AidData working paper — Doing Harm by Doing Good? The Negative Externalities of Humanitarian Aid Provision during Civil Conflict,

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Debt, deals, and dictators: How Africa’s autocrats adapt to aid requirements

Editor’s Note: The following post is the second in our “Aid and Conflict” focus series and was compiled by First Tranche contributor Carolyn Iwicki. It is adapted from an AidData working paper — Repression and Foreign Aid in Autocracies:

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Aid and the intensity of violence: Can good intentions backfire?

Editor’s Note: The following post is the first in The First Tranche’s “Aid and Conflict” focus series, and was compiled by First Tranche contributor Carolyn Iwicki. It is adapted from a recent AidData working paper — Foreign Aid and the Intensity of Violent Armed Conflict by authors Daniel Strandow, Michael Findley,

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Untangling the complex relationship between aid and conflict with subnational data

Outside actors frequently try to address the causes and consequences of civil conflict by offering aid to “one side” or to innocents caught in the middle. But the international community is still searching for answers to several fundamental questions: When does aid inflame conflict? When does it dampen conflict? Can aid tilt the scales in one direction or another?

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The changing tactics of aid when partisanship runs high

Editor’s Note: A recent addition to the AidData Working Paper Series—Do Domestic Politics Shape U.S. Influence in the World Bank?—investigates how domestic U.S. politics affect the American exertion of influence in international financial institutions, specifically the World Bank. The following post, compiled by First Tranche contributor Carolyn Iwicki,

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Suits on the ground: Does "ground game" buy influence?

Does “ground game”— the strength of a development partner’s local presence and direct engagement with recipient government officials — affect how in-country decision makers assess the performance of development partners? AidData’s Listening to Leaders report provides a snapshot of the “ground game” of development partners,

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Groundbreaking study on how developing world leaders perceive German aid

Williamsburg, VA — DEval, the German Institute for Development Evaluation, and AidData, a research lab at William & Mary, today released a groundbreaking study that evaluates the policy influence and performance of German aid agencies from the perspective of those receiving their advice and assistance.

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Groundbreaking study on how developing world leaders view German aid

Williamsburg, VA — DEval, the German Institute for Development Evaluation, and AidData, a research lab at William & Mary, today released a groundbreaking study that evaluates the policy influence and performance of German aid agencies from the perspective of those receiving their advice and assistance.

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Small but mighty: Denmark ranks highly as a development partner, according to report

The Danish flag flies over the skies of Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo by Jacob Bøtter, licensed under (CC BY 2.0) Denmark is one of only six countries in the world to achieve the UN’s development assistance target of 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) to foreign aid, and it has been doing so continuously since 1978.

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AidData publishes geocoded dataset on Chinese financing in ecological hotspots

For the past 18 months, we have been working to answer the question: what are the land cover impacts of Chinese development finance activities in ecologically sensitive areas? AidData has teamed up with the MacArthur Foundation to evaluate the impact of Chinese-funded infrastructure projects on conservation outcomes in three ecological h

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