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Mapping health facilities supports accountability, saves lives

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingTags: Anita Dakar, Futures Group, Health Policy Project, Master Health Facility ListDo countries have accurate information on where health facilities are located? The following is a guest post from Anita Datar of Health Policy Project, telling how answering that question is essential to good governance, health system performance, and emergency responses, and why competent, accurate mapping and updating of Master Health Facility Lists is still a […](Read more…)

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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.


No More Flying Blind: Join the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

Courtesy image: Nina Frazier. Salon Magazine, 2/4/10. On Monday, September 28, AidData will join with government, private sector, and civil society leaders to launch the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. The kickoff of this partnership is well-timed.

New Global Map Of Sex Work Laws Will Help Advocates, Researchers, Policymakers Advance Sex…

The Guardian: Sex workers’ rights: mapping policy around the world Cheryl Overs, founder of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects and visiting research fellow at IDS “…As the dust settles after the debates set off by [Amnesty International’s] decision to support the decriminalization of sex work, it is clear that, for all the differences…More

Food sovereignty, food security and health equity: a meta-narrative mapping exercise

There has been growing policy interest in social justice issues related to both health and food.

"The West Can Keep Their ‘Aid’": Uganda Looks East for Infrastructure

Members of the Uganda Economics Association debate Uganda’s record-high 2015/2016 budget, whose main focus is investment in the infrastructure sector. On a recent trip to Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park, located some 260km outside of the capital city of Kampala, I passed over the enormous Karuma hydroelectric power plant,

Introducing the Next Generation of Development Innovators: AidData’s Student Shark Tank Makes…

Students who presented at AidData’s Student Shark Tank Competition With support from USAID’s Global Development Lab (GDL), AidData invested this summer in the next generation of development innovators by hosting the AidData “Shark Tank”,

African stakeholders’ views of research options to improve nutritional status in sub-Saharan…

Background Setting research priorities for improving nutrition in Africa is currently ad hoc and there is a need to shift the status quo in the light of slow progress in reducing malnutrition.

Nutrition Aid: Do We Have the Full Picture?

The international development community has made great strides over the past fifteen years to eradicate hunger by prioritizing nutrition-specific spending initiatives, as advocated by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 1990, before the MDGs were instituted, an estimated 12 million children under the age of five died across the globe — primarily because of malnutrition. By 2010,

Take Our Uganda Geocoded Data for a Test Drive and Make Your Own Map

Map visualization of development finance to Uganda from 1978 to 2014 as reported into Uganda’s Aid Management Platform and available as a downloadable dataset via Last week, we announced the arrival of AidData’s Level 1A data product which includes several improvements that make our geocoded datasets easier to use than ever before. This week,

Asking the Right Questions: AidData’s Survey Practice

In 2002, then-President George W. Bush announced the need for “a new compact for global development, defined by new accountability for both rich and poor nations alike.” He planned to increase U.S. foreign assistance funding to establish the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA),

Reducing Extreme Poverty in the Post-MDG Era: Lessons from Four Emerging Economies

“Generalizations across country experience are never easy, but one factor that is likely to matter in many developing countries is the geographic and sectoral pattern of growth.” Martin Ravallion In 1990,

This week: Working Within Complex Systems

Publish What You Fund Reboot recently released a report expounding on “How the Governance Data Community can Understand Users and Influence Government Decisions.” The report contains a lot of words of wisdom regarding how to approach increasing

Changing Tides: Tracking Aid in the Caribbean

St. Lucia’s Beauséjour Stadium, constructed in 2002 for the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Over the past several decades, The Caribbean and its countries have experienced a great deal of economic and political change as needs and priorities have shifted.

Making Geocoded Data More Accessible: Introducing Level 1A

Accessibility is one of the key attributes of ‘open’ data. With this in mind, AidData is excited to announce several improvements to our upcoming geocoded datasets that will lower barriers to entry for end users who want to see who is funding what and where they are citing their investments. Collectively, we refer to this suite of improvements as a “Level 1A” data product.

The Politics of Aid Allocation: New Evidence from Zambia

As the ongoing debate continues over whether financial assistance is an effective way to improve development outcomes, the politicization of aid is one factor that some scholars suggest makes it harder for aid to reach the places where there is the most need or opportunity.

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