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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

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“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,

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

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Geographic dimensions of a health network dedicated to occupational and work related diseases

Although introduced nearly 40 years ago, Geographic Information Systems (GISs) have never been used to study Occupational Health information regarding the different types, scale or sources of data.


Four open data speed bumps on the road to ending hunger

Without the right information at their fingertips, development decision-makers are flying blind, relying on intuition rather than evidence in their efforts to zero out hunger by 2030. They need agriculture and nutrition data that is freely available, sufficiently granular, and “fit-for-purpose”. But much of this data remains hidden behind firewalls and pay walls;


African Researchers Using Data To Facilitate Development Of TB, Malaria, Cancer Treatments

Quartz: TB-tracking headbands, mapping cancer, and a malaria hackathon: How data is fighting disease in Africa “…At a recent five-day hackathon, medical researchers from around the world joined forces to work through data mapping solutions to malaria. Other more long-term research projects are also using data to treat diseases like cancer and tuberculosis. … [Some…More


Innovators strive to put 7 billion people on the map

According to the United Nations, 75 percent of the earth’s population, an estimated 4 billion people, have no address. In regions where this is a particular problem – parts of Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia and Latin America – it can be difficult not only for mailing purposes, but for opening a bank


Using systematized tacit knowledge to prioritize implementation challenges in existing maternal…

Strategic priority setting and implementation of strategies to reduce maternal mortality are key to the post Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2015 agenda.


Viewing Poverty More Clearly — From Space

Ground-breaking research by Stanford University researchers — published in Science and funded in part by AidData — combines satellite imagery taken from space and machine learning to bring better measurements of poverty and economic development within reach.


Sunlight for Growth: AidData Joins GODAN Action to Open Up Data in Agriculture and Nutrition

On August 2nd, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative announced the launch of a program to bring useful agriculture and nutrition data out of closed silos and into the open light.


How do other countries perceive the US government’s global development influence?

With the recent White House Global Development Summit and passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA), it is an opportune time to reflect on lessons learned from the United States’ performance as a development partner. How do stakeholders in partner countries perceive the US government’s (USG) performance in terms of the usefulness of its policy advice,


PEPFAR Innovation Challenge to reduce HIV/AIDS in Africa awards AidData two year project

July 20, 2016– On Monday, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR),  announced the provisional winners of its $85 million DREAMS innovation challenge to reduce HIV/AIDS rates among adolescent girls and women in sub-Saharan African countries.


New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

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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


Why Yes, Pokemon Go Is Relevant to Digital Development!

The runaway success of mobile game Pokemon Go has many of us scratching our heads in disbelief: More people are swiping balls at monsters than using Twitter? They’re spending more time with imaginary creatures than with imaginary friends on Facebook? And all this happened in a single week!? For the ICT4D community, the game’s jump from zero to 20 million users (by some estimates) since its launch on July 6 prompts some further questions: Can we reach that kind of scale? And is this even relevant to our work, if most people we serve don’t have smartphones?


Laboratory Tests in the Fight to Save Sight

Laboratory technicians at the Hospital San Antonio in Mitu, Colombia, prepare samples to be run on the trachoma ELISA in June 2016. They will test 3,000 samples collected as part of a survey to determine the impact of mass treatment in the Amazonian district of Vaupes. Trachoma, a disease of the eye caused by a bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis, is the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. Repeated infections cause the eyelid to turn inward, at which point the eyelashes scrape and permanently scar the cornea.


AidData Summer Fellows Begin Worldwide Journey At “Bootcamp” Training

The 2016 Summer Fellows in Williamsburg, VA before departing to eight countries to support geospatial analysis and projects. Various global aid and development organizations across the globe recently welcomed sixteen American students to serve as AidData Summer Fellows for 2016. Now in its fourth year,


Tracking Investment in Disability Inclusive Development

Despite notable successes, the 2000-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) agenda is widely criticized for failing to systematically track progress or to include the poorest of the poor and most vulnerable in pursuit of global progress. Through our Financing the SDGs methodology, widget and forthcoming series of analytical papers,


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