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"The West Can Keep Their ‘Aid’": Uganda Looks East for Infrastructure

Members of the Uganda Economics Association debate Uganda’s record-high 2015/2016 budget, whose main focus is investment in the infrastructure sector. On a recent trip to Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park, located some 260km outside of the capital city of Kampala, I passed over the enormous Karuma hydroelectric power plant,

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Introducing the Next Generation of Development Innovators: AidData’s Student Shark Tank Makes…

Students who presented at AidData’s Student Shark Tank Competition With support from USAID’s Global Development Lab (GDL), AidData invested this summer in the next generation of development innovators by hosting the AidData “Shark Tank”,

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Nutrition Aid: Do We Have the Full Picture?

The international development community has made great strides over the past fifteen years to eradicate hunger by prioritizing nutrition-specific spending initiatives, as advocated by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 1990, before the MDGs were instituted, an estimated 12 million children under the age of five died across the globe — primarily because of malnutrition. By 2010,

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Take Our Uganda Geocoded Data for a Test Drive and Make Your Own Map

Map visualization of development finance to Uganda from 1978 to 2014 as reported into Uganda’s Aid Management Platform and available as a downloadable dataset via aiddata.org Last week, we announced the arrival of AidData’s Level 1A data product which includes several improvements that make our geocoded datasets easier to use than ever before. This week,

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Asking the Right Questions: AidData’s Survey Practice

In 2002, then-President George W. Bush announced the need for “a new compact for global development, defined by new accountability for both rich and poor nations alike.” He planned to increase U.S. foreign assistance funding to establish the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA),

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Reducing Extreme Poverty in the Post-MDG Era: Lessons from Four Emerging Economies

“Generalizations across country experience are never easy, but one factor that is likely to matter in many developing countries is the geographic and sectoral pattern of growth.” Martin Ravallion In 1990,

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This week: Working Within Complex Systems

Publish What You Fund Reboot recently released a report expounding on “How the Governance Data Community can Understand Users and Influence Government Decisions.” The report contains a lot of words of wisdom regarding how to approach increasing

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Changing Tides: Tracking Aid in the Caribbean

St. Lucia’s Beauséjour Stadium, constructed in 2002 for the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Over the past several decades, The Caribbean and its countries have experienced a great deal of economic and political change as needs and priorities have shifted.

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Making Geocoded Data More Accessible: Introducing Level 1A

Accessibility is one of the key attributes of ‘open’ data. With this in mind, AidData is excited to announce several improvements to our upcoming geocoded datasets that will lower barriers to entry for end users who want to see who is funding what and where they are citing their investments. Collectively, we refer to this suite of improvements as a “Level 1A” data product.

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The Politics of Aid Allocation: New Evidence from Zambia

As the ongoing debate continues over whether financial assistance is an effective way to improve development outcomes, the politicization of aid is one factor that some scholars suggest makes it harder for aid to reach the places where there is the most need or opportunity.

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All About Addis: Progress and Projections for FFD3

This week, all eyes are on Addis Ababa as world leaders attempt to agree on a way to finance development for the next 15 years. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) estimated that if the world wants to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),

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This Week: Looking Back Before You Leap

Today is day one of the Financing for Development conference where by the end we should see if globally the funds will be proffered to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality. Key IFIs are pre-gaming by announcing plans to extend more than $400 billion in financing over the next three years to meet the needs of the SDGs.

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If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get

Hannah Ryder (Courtesy: UNDP) Editor’s note: This article was originally published in its entirety on the UNDP China “Our Perspecitve” blog on 06/09/2015.

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AidData Funds Next Generation of Development Research Using Geospatial Data

AidData Flickr Last fall, AidData and USAID’s Global Development Lab made available up to US$2 million in funding for cutting edge research through a competitive solicitation process. We sought to find the best new ideas to use subnational development finance data to solve policy relevant research questions. The response was overwhelming:

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