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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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Papers selected for workshop on tracking international aid from emerging economies

Heidelberg University and AidData are pleased to announce the selection of twelve proposals for papers to be presented at a workshop on tracking international aid from emerging economies to be held this September in Heidelberg, Germany.New land emerges from the sea at the US$1.4 billion Chinese-backed Port City project near Sri Lanka’s main port,


AidData DREAMS at #AfData17 to allocate HIV/AIDS resources more effectively

Data for Development in Africa was a two-day event demonstrating how data innovation can improve lives and livelihoods across the region. Graphic by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data On June 29-30, more than 300 representatives from country governments, regional bodies, the private sector,


Congressional Hearings On Foreign Aid Set To Shed Light On Republican Members’ Views On Trump…

Devex: Mapping Republican views on aid as budget discussions kick off in Congress “Several hearings on foreign aid this week could offer the development community a hint of where members of Congress stand vis-a-vis the United States President Donald Trump administration’s proposed cuts to aid spending. Aid watchers are particularly interested in how Republican members…More


AidData-Afrobarometer partnership produces geocoded public-attitude survey data for 37 African…

For more than a decade, Afrobarometer and AidData have independently provided policymakers, practitioners, and researchers with granular data about what is happening on the ground in Africa. Two years ago, our organizations recognized that a broad array of new insights would be discoverable if we could combine our data on development investments with data on local governance,


From Williamsburg to the world: AidData Summer Fellows launch their journey

Bon voyage and congratulations to the 2017 AidData Summer Fellows! Earlier this month the Fellows scattered out to NGOs across the globe. Photo by Morgan Goad for AidData.This June, ten host organizations around the world welcomed twelve undergraduate and graduate students to serve as AidData Summer Fellows for 2017.


The Best of WordPress.com in May

Meet the business owners featured in our first-ever TV spots, plus: WordPress turns 14, Android users get a new update, and how to design for inclusiveness.


When does multilateral development finance provide better value-for-money?

As nationalist forces take hold in the U.S. and Europe, policymakers are asking fundamental questions about the value of multilateral institutions that provide development finance. Do these institutions provide good value-for-money? What are their comparative strengths and weaknesses? How do they compare to their bilateral counterparts?


Fanning the sparks of corruption? A Chinese dragon haunts Tanzania

Editor’s Note: The following post is adapted from an AidData Working Paper — The Dragon’s Curse? China, the World Bank, and Perceptions of Corruption in Tanzania, by authors Gina Kelly, Samuel Brazys, and Johan Elkink — that has been revised and published in the Review of International Organizations


Call for Proposals: Workshop on tracking international aid from emerging economies

Heidelberg University and AidData are pleased to invite submissions of one-page proposals due May 1st for papers to be presented at the workshop “Tracking International Aid and Investment from Developing and Emerging Economies,” at Heidelberg University in Germany from September 22-23, 2017.


Data for development: Measuring only what we use

Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General for Statistics South Africa, closed the inaugural UN World Data Forum by charging the audience to fill data gaps, saying: “We cannot achieve what we cannot measure.”


Avoiding Data Graveyards: How can we overcome barriers to data use?

Development practitioners track mortality rates for scourges like HIV/AIDS, and malaria. But nobody tracks the mortality rate of data. Photo by Christian Maurer/Fotolia.The data revolution has a blindspot — data graveyards. (That’s where unused data goes to die.) Investors and producers of development data, including AidData,


No one left behind: Why we need granular data to respond to hotspots in the U.S. and beyond

“Leaving no one behind” — the animating theme of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — is just as relevant to the U.S. as it is to low- and middle-income countries. This is particularly apparent in Flint, Michigan,


Counting the “missing millions”: disruptive ideas to leave no one behind

Samantha Custer, Director of Policy Analysis for AidData, (second from right) moderates a panel discussion on ‘The “Missing Millions” and Data Collaboratives’ in Cape Town, South Africa during the 2017 UN World Data Forum.Achieving sustainable development for all will require a seismic shift in how we measure progress and allocate resources. AidData already tracks who is funding what,


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 “


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