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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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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
Courtesy image: Nina Frazier. Ninafrazier.com. Salon Magazine, 2/4/10. On Monday, September 28, AidData will join with government, private sector, and civil society leaders to launch the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. The kickoff of this partnership is well-timed.
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,
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”,
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,
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,