Author Archives: aiddata

Independence Day: Aid and Conflict in South Sudan

AidData continues its six-part podcast series to take you past the maps and dashboards on our website to the human stories at the heart of our research. In today’s episode, we look specifically at the current civil war in South Sudan and AidData research being funded by the Minerva Initiative aimed at illuminating the aid-conflict nexus. To listen to today’s episode,

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AidData/USAID GDL Series 3: Strengthening the “Demand Side” of Data

In the previous entry of this series, we introduced a new set of innovations that leverage hyperlocal data. However, even with the most disruptive innovations, it is difficult to effect large-scale change without an enabling ecosystem of capable users and institutions.

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This Week: Will There Be a Resource War?

AidData Flickr Last week, a new report, “A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks,” commissioned by members of the G7 was released. The report identifies seven “compound climate-fragility risks” that threaten the future stability of communities and states worldwide.

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AidData/USAID GDL Series 2: Making Meaning Out of Data

In the first post of this blog series, we discussed how our partnership with USAID’s Global Development Lab has catalyzed a global movement to generate hyper-local data for decision-making and analysis. AidData now works with more than a dozen partner governments and various development partners to sub-nationally track the distribution of nearly $650 billion in global development finance

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Working Towards a “New Normal”: AidData and the U.S. Global Development Lab’s Efforts to…

In 2006, AidData’s Co-Executive Director, Nancy McGuire Choi, was in Haiti at a meeting with an Economic Adviser to then President Preval. She remembers vividly how the President’s adviser articulated with great emotion some of the challenges facing the government of Haiti’s line ministries.

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“Why Should We Wait?”: Mapping for the Next Disaster

Today, AidData launches the first of a six-part podcast series to take you past the maps and dashboards on our website to the human stories at the heart of our research. Today’s episode is on the data response to the devastating earthquake in Nepal and the work this summer by AidData Summer Fellows in the Philippines. To listen to today’s episode,

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Who do Developing World Leaders Listen to and Why? New Evidence from the 2014 Reform Efforts…

Source: Billboard photo by Aaron Ross/The Economist; FY13 Côte d’Ivoire Scorecard from MCC Something odd happened in Côte d’Ivoire during the summer of 2013. Billboards advertising the negative effects of corruption mysteriously appeared throughout Abijdan. As a public awareness campaign, this had mixed results.

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Going "Deeper Than Data" With AidData

As of today, June 16, 2015, AidData has curated data on over 1.4 million development assistance projects through 70 years, totaling $40 trillion all over the world. This is, to say the least, a huge amount of information. Policy-makers, practitioners, civil society organizations, and scholars all over the world need data on the universe of development finance flows.

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This Week: Will the Real Grand Challenge Please Stand Up?

There have been many “grand challenges” for development made, and fewer met. Ken Banks challenges development institutions themselves in his post “Is ‘Fixing Development’ the Real Grand Challenge for Global Development?”  Whether it will be met is yet to be seen, and would require some sincere self-analysis by many key players. 

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AidData’s Summer Fellows Put Data to Work for Development

16 AidData Summer Fellows help organizations in 4 countries put open data and GIS to support smarter and more effective aid policies Sixteen student researchers touched down in four countries last week to begin work as AidData Summer Fellows. This AidData program, now in its third year, embeds fellows within research institutions, civil society organizations,

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The Marketplace for Ideas: Money, Power, and Simplicity

In February 2007, I went to a conference on Liberia, organised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf presented her government’s plan to rebuild the country after a devastating civil war. The next person to speak was the Managing Director of the IMF, Rodrigo Rato.

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This week: What Makes Big Data Good Data?

No one would argue that we shouldn’t make better use of the data that we have, and it’s generally agreed that visualizations can help make data more easily understood. However, Linda Raftree points out that some dashboards more effectively display data than others. Raftree explains why some dashboards fail, while others are used for making more strategic decisions.

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“First Data Responders?”: Lessons Learned from Nepal

Students participate in Mapping for Nepal event at the College of William and Mary in April, 2015. On April 25, 2015, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal’s Gorkha district, inflicting massive casualties and damage. An estimated 8,600 people have been reported dead, 22,000 injured and hundreds of thousands displaced. In response,

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This Week: You "Ottawatch" This

@livia_turcanu As typical when there is a stage and a listening audience, last week saw the launch of some new tools and reports in alignment with the Open Data Conference that took place in Ottawa last week. Included is the OGP Explorer,

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