Author Archives: aiddata

This Week: It’s All About Relationships

http://www.chrisunderwoodsblog.com/2015/05/ogp-africa-does-it-pass-amina-test.html Last week, Owen Barder took to the blogosphere to talk about what really effects change within countries, and the complexity of country systems. It’s not just that education in a country is poor, but that the country doesn’t have enough teachers,

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This Week: You Will Never Believe What Data Farce People Fall For!

Bitss.org Literacy rates are commonly tracked across the globe. A foreseeable indicator to be tracked in the future as we head further and further into a data driven world will be data literacy rates.  While harder to define and track,

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Saudi Aid to Yemen: Stability over Development?

Saudi Arabia has just ended a month-long bombing campaign in Yemen to hold off advancements by the Houthi rebels that threaten to take over the country. This forceful show of hard power is rather uncharacteristic. Historically, Saudi Arabia has relied on soft power to bolster its neighbors, increase regional stability, and provide support to the political powers it deems friendly.

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This Week: Data is a Means to Progress, Not an End

Jorge Martin / Development Progress Many might question why so many are pushing for a data revolution when there are so many other issues and disparities in the world. But that is exactly why it is so important. Data is knowledge, and we all know, knowledge is power. Putting the right data in the right hands can mean powerful change,

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This Week: Embracing Development Cooperation in the Post-2015 Agenda

The Post-2015 Development Agenda is at the forefront of conversation in international development circles. The so-called SDG’s have been, and continue to be, discussed, delineated and heavily debated in the lead-up to the expiration of the currently instated MDG’s.

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This Week: Come Say Hi at Cartagena!

www.cartagenadatafest2015.org Today starts the Cartagena Data Festival, which is bringing together various types of stakeholders to discuss in person the topics and issues around the data revolution that we have all been talking about in our offices and online.

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This Week: Antarctica Heats Up, While Tanzania Freezes Data Publication

(Photo: Antarctica by Flickr user Tak) Many people took to social media when word got out that it was warmer in Antarctica, at a whopping 63 degrees Fahrenheit, a record temperature for them and a record for number of people who wish they were in Antarctica.

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Mashing up aid and budget data: opportunities, challenges and pathways forward

In the world of aid and development data, many organizations are striving towards the same goal: to use transparency and open data to make more efficient aid decisions and allocations. There are many suppliers of aid information – from data on aid and budgets to results. But how easy is to compare across these data sources to make meaningful development decisions?

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This Week: Parasites and Looting, AKA Corruption

(UNECA reports launched last week in Addis Ababa. Photo: @peterspeyer While in last week’s post we applauded one oil company for taking a huge leap in transparency, it’s a small (albeit very important) drop in a large bucket of issues around natural resources in developing countries.  Oxfam hasn’t forgotten that there is still a fight in the US to make oil payments open.

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Financing the Future 2015: Some Hits and Misses on the Future of Development Finance

@AectForAfrica Last week, an Overseas Development Institute-led consortium of partners hosted a wide range of organizations and Governments for an event entitled “Financing the Future.” In essence,

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This week: Transparency strikes oil!

Transparency saw a win this last week when the oil company Statoil disclosed project-level payments it makes to governments it works in. Organizations like Oxfam America and National Resource Governance Institute applauded the oil company for leading the way and proving that it can be done.

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This Week: MOOCs, Maps & Robots, Oh My!

Today the new World Bank Citizen Engagement MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) starts, and with it we’ll hopefully see a few new ideas and projects to further citizen engagement from those participating in Track 2 (the Policy and Leadership track). If you’re eager to learn more about Citizen Engagement but aren’t ready to plan a project,

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Money, Ideas & Reform: What does it take to influence lasting change?

International development is about influencing change. Government officials mobilize political will and seek to create an enabling environment for reforms and reform champions. Donors provide money and ideas to encourage changes in development policy and practice. Civil society activists agitate for better policies and public services.

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Poverty in Pakistan: Numerous Efforts, Many Numbers, Not Enough Results

Pakistan has made remarkable progress in reducing absolute poverty. Fifty million fewer people lived in poverty in 2011 than in 1991 and  the share of the poor living on less than $1.25 a day plummeted from 66.5% in 1987 to 12.7% in 2011.  Despite these advances,

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