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Viewing Poverty More Clearly — From Space

Ground-breaking research by Stanford University researchers — published in Science and funded in part by AidData — combines satellite imagery taken from space and machine learning to bring better measurements of poverty and economic development within reach.

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Sunlight for Growth: AidData Joins GODAN Action to Open Up Data in Agriculture and Nutrition

On August 2nd, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative announced the launch of a program to bring useful agriculture and nutrition data out of closed silos and into the open light.

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How do other countries perceive the US government’s global development influence?

With the recent White House Global Development Summit and passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA), it is an opportune time to reflect on lessons learned from the United States’ performance as a development partner. How do stakeholders in partner countries perceive the US government’s (USG) performance in terms of the usefulness of its policy advice,

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PEPFAR Innovation Challenge to reduce HIV/AIDS in Africa awards AidData two year project

July 20, 2016– On Monday, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR),  announced the provisional winners of its $85 million DREAMS innovation challenge to reduce HIV/AIDS rates among adolescent girls and women in sub-Saharan African countries.

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AidData Summer Fellows Begin Worldwide Journey At “Bootcamp” Training

The 2016 Summer Fellows in Williamsburg, VA before departing to eight countries to support geospatial analysis and projects. Various global aid and development organizations across the globe recently welcomed sixteen American students to serve as AidData Summer Fellows for 2016. Now in its fourth year,

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Tracking Investment in Disability Inclusive Development

Despite notable successes, the 2000-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) agenda is widely criticized for failing to systematically track progress or to include the poorest of the poor and most vulnerable in pursuit of global progress. Through our Financing the SDGs methodology, widget and forthcoming series of analytical papers,

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Crowding in funding for the SDGs: Reflections on the missing development trillions

Seventeen goals to transform our world, the Sustainable Development Goals, aka the SDGs, aka the Global Goals, encompass 169 targets and 230 indicators, and come with a price tag of $3-5 trillion per year. Now that the world has agreed on 17 goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators for the SDGs, the dialogue is shifting towards the “price tag” the SDGs come with. Estimates on this abound,

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Does foreign aid fuel trust? Unexpected evidence from Uganda

Editor’s Note: In a recent installment of the AidData Working Paper series, “Does Foreign Aid Fuel Trust,” researchers Dr. Alexandra D’Onofrio and Dr. Giuseppe Maggio hypothesize that foreign aid has a demonstrative impact on a commonly considered proxy of social capital and determinant of future growth: trust. In this guest post,

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Making Data Matter for Development: Introducing the 2016 AidData Summer Fellows

After a nominating process with 117 student submissions, the AidData Center for Development Policy is pleased to announce our AidData Summer Fellows class of 2016. This year’s 16 fellows will assist host organizations in Bangladesh, Ghana, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Uganda.

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Announcing AidData’s Core 3.0 Research Release

AidData is pleased to announce that our Core Research Release (Version 3.0) is now available for public download at AidData.org AidData’s Core Research Release (Version 3.0) is our most comprehensive dataset tracking international development finance;

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Reflections on This Week’s Coverage in The Economist

Photo: Mike Tierney In a new AidData working paper entitled “Apples and Dragon Fruits,” we analyze the factors that motivate China’s provision of official financing from China to Africa.

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RFA Series: Evaluating Evidence from a USAID Governance Project in Ghana

Local politicians and bureaucrats in low- and middle-income countries play a crucial role in the distribution of aid dollars, acting as gatekeepers in determining which constituents receive aid, and to what degree that assistance is effective. In Ghana for example, district governments spend about 80 percent of their budgets on development projects, including schools, health clinics, etc.

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Walking the Talk: Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead to Wave Two of AidData’s Omnibus Survey

As international pressure mounts to deliver on commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is ever more important for development actors to understand how they can maximize their effectiveness and be helpful partners. The first wave AidData’s omnibus survey, the 2014 Reform Efforts Survey,

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“Beyond Africa”: A Glimpse into AidData’s Forthcoming Dataset on Chinese Financing in…

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China’s economic growth depends on its ability to secure natural resources. Many are found in environmentally-sensitive areas, which are rich in biodiversity, vulnerable populations, and sources of freshwater – and Chinese development projects. China is using these projects as a way to secure access to the resources it needs. But,

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