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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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Staging a Geospatial Data Revolution

(This is part 1 of a two-part series originally posted on our partner Development Gateway’s blog on the role of sub-national data and country systems in the Data Revolution. Part 1 discusses the progress made during the MDG process and what challenges are ahead over the next 15 years of the SDGs.

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This Week: Discovering the New Data

It was Valentine’s Day this weekend, and what better way to celebrate it than reading about one of the loves of our life: transparency. From governments to think-tanks and international organizations, a lot of actors of the transparency world worked this past week to bring us bigger transparency.

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A 5 Minute Dive Into Our New Geocoded World Bank Data

In the spring of 2010, AidData and the World Bank Institute embarked on an ambitious effort to shed new light on investments to end poverty in over 70 countries. Over the course of 6 weeks, AidData and the Mapping for Results project combed through copious documentation for 1,200 World Bank funded projects,

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This Week: Unlocking Old Problems with New Tools

Based on data from the World Bank, found here, there are an estimated 60 more million men than women on this planet. This difference is the highest ever recorded and is driven by preference for sons in India and China. Case closed, no need to do further analysis right? Well not so fast. In the international development sector,

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AidData’s "Best Bets" for 2015

(Adapted from AidData’s recently published January/February Newsletter. To sign up for future newsletter releases and event notifications, visit the registration page at While 2014 was a year of numerous accomplishments for AidData,

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2015: Bringing us closer to smarter, more data-driven development policy

(This letter is excerpted from AidData’s quarterly newsletter, which will be released tomorrow.  To stay current with AidData updates, subscribe to our newsletter here Building on the exciting milestones and lessons of 2014, AidData is barreling full speed into 2015 with renewed focus and commitment.  Not long ago, we made a big bet that geospatial tools,

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Leveraging Aid for Trade Capacity in Uganda

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Trade liberalization is widely regarded to be a key factor in economic development… via Leveraging Aid for Trade Capacity in Uganda | AidData 3.0.

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New Minerva Research Explores the Relationship Between Aid and Conflict

AidData has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative as part of a consortium exploring the relationship between foreign assistance and intrastate conflict led by the University of Maryland’s Center for International Development and Conflict Management.

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Localizing the Post-2015 Agenda: How Responsive Are Donors to Timor Leste’s Education Needs?

As the era of the Millenium Development Goals draws to a close and the world turns to discussions of what comes next, localizing the development agenda is one key area for dialogue raised by the UN Secretary General’s report on the sustainable development goals.

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This Week: The World Economic Forum and Data From Space / Project Pulse in Sri Lanka

@davos Last week the whole world had its eyes in Davos where the World Economic forum was meeting. If you want to feel included in the forum you can check out their report on Data Driven Development.

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