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This Week: Antarctica Heats Up, While Tanzania Freezes Data Publication

(Photo: Antarctica by Flickr user Tak) Many people took to social media when word got out that it was warmer in Antarctica, at a whopping 63 degrees Fahrenheit, a record temperature for them and a record for number of people who wish they were in Antarctica.

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Mashing up aid and budget data: opportunities, challenges and pathways forward

In the world of aid and development data, many organizations are striving towards the same goal: to use transparency and open data to make more efficient aid decisions and allocations. There are many suppliers of aid information – from data on aid and budgets to results. But how easy is to compare across these data sources to make meaningful development decisions?

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This Week: Parasites and Looting, AKA Corruption

(UNECA reports launched last week in Addis Ababa. Photo: @peterspeyer While in last week’s post we applauded one oil company for taking a huge leap in transparency, it’s a small (albeit very important) drop in a large bucket of issues around natural resources in developing countries.  Oxfam hasn’t forgotten that there is still a fight in the US to make oil payments open.

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Financing the Future 2015: Some Hits and Misses on the Future of Development Finance

@AectForAfrica Last week, an Overseas Development Institute-led consortium of partners hosted a wide range of organizations and Governments for an event entitled “Financing the Future.” In essence,

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This week: Transparency strikes oil!

Transparency saw a win this last week when the oil company Statoil disclosed project-level payments it makes to governments it works in. Organizations like Oxfam America and National Resource Governance Institute applauded the oil company for leading the way and proving that it can be done.

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This Week: MOOCs, Maps & Robots, Oh My!

Today the new World Bank Citizen Engagement MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) starts, and with it we’ll hopefully see a few new ideas and projects to further citizen engagement from those participating in Track 2 (the Policy and Leadership track). If you’re eager to learn more about Citizen Engagement but aren’t ready to plan a project,

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Money, Ideas & Reform: What does it take to influence lasting change?

International development is about influencing change. Government officials mobilize political will and seek to create an enabling environment for reforms and reform champions. Donors provide money and ideas to encourage changes in development policy and practice. Civil society activists agitate for better policies and public services.

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Poverty in Pakistan: Numerous Efforts, Many Numbers, Not Enough Results

Pakistan has made remarkable progress in reducing absolute poverty. Fifty million fewer people lived in poverty in 2011 than in 1991 and  the share of the poor living on less than $1.25 a day plummeted from 66.5% in 1987 to 12.7% in 2011.  Despite these advances,

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This Week: Tapping Further Into the Data Landscape

Global Voices The question of how strong of an ethical framework when collecting data is, indeed, strong enough has been a thought that is pressing across the Open Data landscape. What happens if you already have all of the data? Earlier last week,

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A Call to Do More With Data

Editor’s Note: On Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, AidData co-hosted a consultation event with U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Assistance Resources office, the U.S. Agency for International Aid (USAID) and Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) under the theme of “Do More With Data.” The following are the closing remarks given by Nancy McGuire Choi, AidData Co-Executive Director.

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Launching a Geospatial Data Revolution

In part 1 of this series, we took stock of progress made and missing pieces to flesh fully the data revolution. With that in mind, what are some of the major challenges for the development community in launching a Geospatial Data Revolution? 1) Matching data to Government needs

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Liberating 35 Years of USAID Experience

Since the introduction of a US Open Data Policy in 2013, domestic agencies – particularly in the foreign assistance sector – have made great strides in opening up their financial, programmatic, and evaluation information. As recently highlighted by the Center for Global Development

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This Week: Fostering A Data Driven Culture Post-2015

The United States made a big move on Thursday as it announced DJ Patil as the First US Chief Data Scientist. Patil was at the Strata + Hadoop World Conference when Barack Obama announced the decision via video call before Patil spoke to the audience about Data Science: Where Are We Going. The video can be found here and it is definitely worth watching the 13 minutes as he explains the im

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Trust Funds: DAC Donors Contribute, Most Non-DAC Donors Don’t

In late 2014, we hosted a series of blogs highlighting the changing landscape of development assistance, complete with shifting definitions and the emergence of new actors. Vera Eichenauer from Heidelberg University discusses how DAC & non-DAC countries differ in their approach towards trust funds.

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