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Making Data Matter for Development: Introducing the 2016 AidData Summer Fellows

After a nominating process with 117 student submissions, the AidData Center for Development Policy is pleased to announce our AidData Summer Fellows class of 2016. This year’s 16 fellows will assist host organizations in Bangladesh, Ghana, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Uganda.

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Announcing AidData’s Core 3.0 Research Release

AidData is pleased to announce that our Core Research Release (Version 3.0) is now available for public download at AidData.org AidData’s Core Research Release (Version 3.0) is our most comprehensive dataset tracking international development finance;

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Reflections on This Week’s Coverage in The Economist

Photo: Mike Tierney In a new AidData working paper entitled “Apples and Dragon Fruits,” we analyze the factors that motivate China’s provision of official financing from China to Africa.

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RFA Series: Evaluating Evidence from a USAID Governance Project in Ghana

Local politicians and bureaucrats in low- and middle-income countries play a crucial role in the distribution of aid dollars, acting as gatekeepers in determining which constituents receive aid, and to what degree that assistance is effective. In Ghana for example, district governments spend about 80 percent of their budgets on development projects, including schools, health clinics, etc.

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Walking the Talk: Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead to Wave Two of AidData’s Omnibus Survey

As international pressure mounts to deliver on commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is ever more important for development actors to understand how they can maximize their effectiveness and be helpful partners. The first wave AidData’s omnibus survey, the 2014 Reform Efforts Survey,

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“Beyond Africa”: A Glimpse into AidData’s Forthcoming Dataset on Chinese Financing in…

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China’s economic growth depends on its ability to secure natural resources. Many are found in environmentally-sensitive areas, which are rich in biodiversity, vulnerable populations, and sources of freshwater – and Chinese development projects. China is using these projects as a way to secure access to the resources it needs. But,

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RSVP for "Putting Data to Work for Sustainable Development: New Methods to Understand…

AidData and Development Gateway invite you to attend: Putting Data to Work for Sustainable Development:New Methods to Understand Use Thursday, March 31, 2016, 8:30-11:00 AM Breakfast served at 8:30 AM,panel begins at 9 AM Location: OpenGov Hub -1110 Vermont Avenue Northwest #500, Washington,

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AidData Students Transform Skills Developed at AidData to Create Award-Winning App

The way they tell the story, app-developers Kelvin Abrokwa-Johnson and Nathan Owen were just two eager William & Mary students who came to AidData looking to gain career skills. What they came away with, though, was much more than that. Last month Abrokwa-Johnson ’17 and Owen ‘17 won a $20,000 scholarship award at Dominion Enterprises’ Code-U hackathon in Norfolk, Va.

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Striking a Balance: How Donors Can More Effectively Promote Sustainable Reform

Last week, an ISIS-supported suicide bomber killed eight people when his car exploded outside of the presidential palace in Aden, Yemen. This is just one of countless attacks that have been carried out by the Islamic State and Al Qaeda in Yemen since the 2011 launch of the Yemeni revolution.

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AidData and USAID’s Global Development Lab: What To Look For In Y4

Former USAID Administrator Dr. Raj Shah has argued that “open data has the potential to not only improve transparency and coordination, but also dramatically accelerate progress in [international] development.” Indeed,

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AidData and USAID’s Global Development Lab: A Look Back At Year Three

In summer 2015, we posted a four part series highlighting AidData’s five-year partnership with USAID’s Global Development Lab. Now that work has commenced on the fourth year of our partnership with the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), we’re sharing some highlights of the latest accomplishments and previewing what is to come.

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AidData and USAID’s Global Development Lab: A Look Back At Year Three

In summer 2015, we posted a four part series highlighting AidData’s five-year partnership with USAID’s Global Development Lab. Now that work has commenced on the fourth year of our partnership with the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), we’re sharing some highlights of the latest accomplishments and previewing what is to come.

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Does Information about Foreign Aid Change How People View Their Own Government?

Editor’s Note: In AidData’s latest Working Paper series entry, “Foreign Aid, Foreign Policy, and Domestic Government Legitimacy: Survey Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh,” authors Simone Dietrich, Minhaj Mahmud, and Matthew S.

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Watch AidData’s "Listening To Leaders" Webinar

Video of AidData "Listening to Leaders" Webinar – 11/19/2015In a webinar held on November 19th, 2015, “Listening to Leaders: Which Development Partners Do They Prefer and Why?” report co-authors Brad Parks and Samantha Custer discussed how our groundbreaking survey results analyzed the interactions that decision-makers in low and middle-income countries have with develo

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