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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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Does Foreign Aid Undermine Political Institutions?

Does foreign aid undermine political institutions? Many scholars, including the recent Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton, would tend to agree. While Deaton qualifies this view as being applicable to countries that receive very large inflows of foreign aid relative to their government budgets, the basic argument goes something like this: When a country receives foreign aid,

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AidData Invites You To Find Out Who Are Developing Leaders Listening To?

Join AidData for a webinar discussing our latest report, Listening to Leaders: Which Development Partners Do They Prefer and Why?, on Thursday, November 19th from 10:00 AM EST to 11:00 AM EST.

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AidData’s Promise to Users of Its Data Products

Today marks an important milestone for AidData: we’re going public with our Data Management Plan (DMP). Why is this significant? It’s a public commitment from AidData to our users on what they can reasonably expect of us in terms of when and how we will collect, clean, standardize, and update data.

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Listening to Our Readers: Improvements to AidData’s Value for Money Index

Last week, we released AidData’s Listening to Leaders report which sought to a answer the question: which development partners do leaders in low- and middle-income countries prefer and why? The report has already attracted far more attention than we expected. It is stirring discussion, debate,

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PRESS RELEASE: Developing World Leaders Speak Out on Aid Donors

Foreign aid donors are quick to assess the performance of other countries and dispense policy advice, but how well do these “development partners” stack up when rated by leaders in the countries they are trying to help? According to new research released today by AidData, multilaterals like the World Bank do well, the big bilaterals not as well, while the emerging donors lag behind.

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Measuring the ‘Health’ of AidData Project Records: Quality Scores for Development Finance…

To engage in social science research is to contend with imperfect information, uncertainty and human error on occasion. Conducting research on international development finance is no exception; even the data that donor institutions themselves vet and publish contain errors, biases, and inconsistencies.

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What’s New in AidData’s Latest Chinese Development Finance Dataset?

Since the January 2014 release of the 1.1 version of AidData’s Chinese Official Finance to Africa dataset, our Tracking Underreported Financial Flows (TUFF) team has substantially refined its methods and expanded the scope its data collection efforts. Last week, we released our 1.2 dataset and TUFF methodology updates, reflecting these changes. So,

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Chinese “Aid” to Africa: Be Careful Comparing Apples and Dragon Fruits

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in a modified form, Many in the West fear Chinese ‘aid’ to Africa. They’re wrong. Here’s why,” on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog on October 20, 2015.

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Chinese Development Finance Activity in Africa: What We’ve Learned

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in a modified form, Many in the West fear Chinese ‘aid’ to Africa. They’re wrong. Here’s why,” on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog on October 20, 2015. Source: china.aiddata.org

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