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New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Swiping right or tapping on a mobile phone are not typical ways of helping poor communities, but a new app launched by a medical charity on Friday aims to use technology to help aid workers map areas at risk of conflict, disasters and disease. Using the latest

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

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,

Sex work in geographic perspective: a multi-disciplinary approach to mapping and understanding…

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What are development corridor strategies, and do they work?

Across large swaths of the developing world, a new trend is taking hold: governments are targeting public and private investments in specific geographic areas in the hopes of creating spatial “


How IoT Early Warning Systems Can Help Save People From Mudslides

Floods and mudslides regularly devastate El Salvador. Villagers can identify impending floods and mudslides, but they are unable to warn others in time. Rugged terrain, lack of power and cellular networks present a formidable communication challenge. Reacción, a team of El Salvadorian experts in electronics, community development and disaster relief, decided to do something about it.


Chinese-funded infrastructure in endangered forests: What is the data telling us?

The first Chinese-backed railway, Tazara Rail (pictured above), was funded in the 1970s. Now China has agreed to help Tanzania build a new 2,561km railway worth USD 7 billion that will run between the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam and the Great Lakes states of Rwanda and Burundi.


Geo-demographics of gunshot wound injuries in Miami-Dade county, 2002–2012

We evaluated correlates of gunshot wound (GSW) injuries in Miami-Dade County, Florida.


Want to reform aid? Double down on impact evaluations

Washington is abuzz with talk of how the Trump administration might try to reform U.S. foreign assistance programs (see here and here). If they want to find legislative allies and avoid inter-agency gridlock, focusing more internal resources on evaluation — in particular,


Making Transmission Models Accessible to End-Users: The Example of TRANSFIL

by Michael A. Irvine, T. Deirdre Hollingsworth


AidData launches new Listening to Leaders survey

Which development partners do leaders prefer to work with, and why? Do leaders in low- and middle-income countries perceive development partner priorities as aligned with their own? Are development partners effectively supporting progress towards the global goals and national priorities?


Is governance data “good enough”? World leaders want more transparency, greater context

In a new report launched last month with the Governance Data Alliance (GDA), AidData presented the results of a 2016 snap poll that asked 3,000+ public, private, and civil society leaders from 126 low- and middle-income countries to share their views on the use and usefulness of governance data in their work. Two insights rose above the rest:


Using machine learning to combat environmental degradation on a global scale

Leveraging machine learning algorithms to sift through terabytes of high-resolution satellite data, a new report by AidData and the World Bank has for the first time identified the factors that contribute to land degradation on a global scale.


Register Now to Learn How to Use Mobile Phones for Public Health

In 2016, the number of global mobile subscriptions reached 8.5 billion — more than the number of people on this earth – yet at the same time, health systems around the world are struggling to: Provide access to affordable healthcare for all Treat infectious diseases such as Ebola, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis Address crippling maternal and child mortality rates in low-income countries Manage non-communicable diseases like heart disease, cancer, and Diabetes Tackle infrastructure and supply chain challenges in remote settings Train frontline health workers to provide care to vulnerable populations Mobile phones are increasingly central to solutions responding to these challenges – are you ready to leverage mHealth innovations in your programs? TechChange is excited to announce its first online certificate course of 2017: Mobile Phones for Public Health. Use code ICTWorks to get a $50 discount on any TechChange course! The four-week Mobile Phones for Public Health course kicks off on February 6th and will feature leading guest experts, case studies, interactive software demos on the latest mHealth topics and developments. We’ve also been working on a new studio set-up to make live recordings all the more engaging


The Best Books, Podcasts, and Websites for Community Organizing

Photo by Zack DeClerck / Partners In HealthFrom left: Adarsh Shah, Ortal Ullman, and Justin Mendoza share insights about advocacy at PIH’s Boston office. How do we ensure that every human has the right to health? PIH staff have learned, and employed, many strategies over the decades. Below, three community organizers share some of their favorite resources, from a children's book to a proudly wonky website. Ortal Ullman’s picks Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals, by Saul Alinsky This classic, first published in 1971, is for anyone looking to really dive into the thinking of an organizer.


Rating the 2016 project performance disclosure practices of 50 donors

Despite the fact that most major funders of overseas development projects are now signatories to major transparency initiatives like IATI and the Open Government Partnership, only two donors systematically publish standardized project performance ratings (see how the donors fared, below).


How better data on infrastructure projects can support private investment in emerging markets

We live in an inter-connected, data-driven world. Investors, like many other professionals, rely more and more on data to make informed decisions on where, when, and how they should invest their money. But, as I discussed in a recent blog, a number of commercial dashboards are aiming to close this gap, with information on infrastructure projects that need financing in emerging markets. These and other specialized commercial databases are trying to map the market, giving investors tools to identify investment-ready opportunities with the best chance of a sizeable return.


Country ownership and aid: Learning from partner country perceptions of the US government

A US delegation visited Protection of Civilians sites in Juba, South Sudan on May 27, 2016, meeting with camp leaders and women’s representatives. The delegation included, among others, the US Ambassador to South Sudan and the USAID Mission Director in South Sudan. Photo by UNMISS,


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