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New IHME Data Visualizations Released w/ 2013 GBD Study

This week, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington released a series of incredible new data visualizations. These tools Read More

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USAID launches new commitments to save the lives of mothers and children

June 26, 2014 USAID will spend up to $2.9 billion of the agency’s resources to continue the fight for maternal and child health in 24 countries. From VOA: While child deaths have dropped from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012, 16,000 children and 800 mothers are dying every day, says the U.S. […]The post The Daily Impact: USAID launches new commitments to save the lives of mothers and children appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.

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Mapping Health Facilities in Crises – Reflections and Directions

I am wrapping up my thesis research (finally!), which focuses on the mapping of health facilities in crisis settings. Over the past 3 years, I Read More


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,

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.

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,

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.

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,

This Week: Tapping Further Into the Data Landscape

Global Voices The question of how strong of an ethical framework when collecting data is, indeed, strong enough has been a thought that is pressing across the Open Data landscape. What happens if you already have all of the data? Earlier last week,

Friday Think: could a $2 billion contest accelerate new antibiotics?

The battle against super bugs—that growing class of virulent bacteria resistant to antibiotics that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates sickens 2 million people annually—results in tens of thousands of deaths each year. It also delivers a $20 billion toll in associated health care costs. There aren’t … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFriday Think: why syringes should self-destructFriday Think: airbags in cars, sure. But for skiers?Mapping the journey: how we turn good ideas into large-scale solutions ;

A Call to Do More With Data

Editor’s Note: On Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, AidData co-hosted a consultation event with U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Assistance Resources office, the U.S. Agency for International Aid (USAID) and Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) under the theme of “Do More With Data.” The following are the closing remarks given by Nancy McGuire Choi, AidData Co-Executive Director.

Launching a Geospatial Data Revolution

In part 1 of this series, we took stock of progress made and missing pieces to flesh fully the data revolution. With that in mind, what are some of the major challenges for the development community in launching a Geospatial Data Revolution? 1) Matching data to Government needs

Liberating 35 Years of USAID Experience

Since the introduction of a US Open Data Policy in 2013, domestic agencies – particularly in the foreign assistance sector – have made great strides in opening up their financial, programmatic, and evaluation information. As recently highlighted by the Center for Global Development

This Week: Fostering A Data Driven Culture Post-2015

The United States made a big move on Thursday as it announced DJ Patil as the First US Chief Data Scientist. Patil was at the Strata + Hadoop World Conference when Barack Obama announced the decision via video call before Patil spoke to the audience about Data Science: Where Are We Going. The video can be found here and it is definitely worth watching the 13 minutes as he explains the im

Trust Funds: DAC Donors Contribute, Most Non-DAC Donors Don’t

In late 2014, we hosted a series of blogs highlighting the changing landscape of development assistance, complete with shifting definitions and the emergence of new actors. Vera Eichenauer from Heidelberg University discusses how DAC & non-DAC countries differ in their approach towards trust funds.

Staging a Geospatial Data Revolution

(This is part 1 of a two-part series originally posted on our partner Development Gateway’s blog on the role of sub-national data and country systems in the Data Revolution. Part 1 discusses the progress made during the MDG process and what challenges are ahead over the next 15 years of the SDGs.

This Week: Discovering the New Data

It was Valentine’s Day this weekend, and what better way to celebrate it than reading about one of the loves of our life: transparency. From governments to think-tanks and international organizations, a lot of actors of the transparency world worked this past week to bring us bigger transparency.

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