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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.

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Better Health Data Allows Policymakers To Spend More Efficiently

New York Times: Turning to Big, Big Data to See What Ails the World Tina Rosenberg, author and former editorial writer for the New York Times “…The Global Burden of Disease study is a single scientific project on a scale with the moon landing or mapping the human genome. It has been going for a…More


This Week: Antarctica Heats Up, While Tanzania Freezes Data Publication

(Photo: Antarctica by Flickr user Tak) Many people took to social media when word got out that it was warmer in Antarctica, at a whopping 63 degrees Fahrenheit, a record temperature for them and a record for number of people who wish they were in Antarctica.


Mashing up aid and budget data: opportunities, challenges and pathways forward

In the world of aid and development data, many organizations are striving towards the same goal: to use transparency and open data to make more efficient aid decisions and allocations. There are many suppliers of aid information – from data on aid and budgets to results. But how easy is to compare across these data sources to make meaningful development decisions?


Mapping Health Facilities Accurately Saves Lives

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Mapping health facilities supports accountability, saves lives Anita Datar, senior policy adviser for Health Policy Project at Futures Group, discusses the importance of using accurate data for mapping health facilities (3/31).


Mapping health facilities supports accountability, saves lives

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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…)


This Week: Parasites and Looting, AKA Corruption

(UNECA reports launched last week in Addis Ababa. Photo: @peterspeyer While in last week’s post we applauded one oil company for taking a huge leap in transparency, it’s a small (albeit very important) drop in a large bucket of issues around natural resources in developing countries.  Oxfam hasn’t forgotten that there is still a fight in the US to make oil payments open.


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.


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