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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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Style or Substance?: The BRICS in the Post-Busan World

The arrival of the BRICS had clearly brought about a fresh start in how we perceive development finance.


South-South Cooperation: Providing Context in a Changing Landscape

We’re increasingly aware of the important role that countries in the global South play in development cooperation. But as long as we depend on existing definitions for measuring development cooperation we won’t really understand how big this role is.


Beyond the Tyranny of Averages: AidData report highlights unequal development within countries

Relying on averages is worsening inequality within countries. A new AidData report looks at whether aid financing reaches the poorest regions and finds that donors are missing the mark.The international community has made great strides to reduce extreme poverty worldwide, but a worrying trend persists: rising inequality.


Success in the streets: A hackathon for Sustainable Cities

Katherine Whitton is a second year Master’s student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. This summer, Katherine worked with the Economic Policy Research Center and the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Lab in Uganda as an AidData Summer Fellow.


Harnessing open data to help the most vulnerable in Uganda

Hina Acharya is a first-year Master’s student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. This summer, Hina worked at the Open Sustainability Institute as an AidData Summer Fellow A storm gathers over farmland in the hills near Lake Mutanda, Uganda. Uganda’s farmers are under threat from increasing extreme weather events.


Foreign aid’s commitment problem

Editor’s Note: The following post is from guest author Haley J. Swedlund, Assistant Professor at the Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management in the School of Management at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.Mixed signals? For development agencies and country governments to reach “go” on aid policies — and then uphold their commitments — is no small feat.


Where is AidData heading next? A sneak peek at our 3-year strategic vision

One reason I love working at AidData is that I get a front-row seat to the process of scientific discovery and innovation. I also get to see how the innovations that emerge from that process are actually used by development organizations to target, monitor, and evaluate their own investments.


Building a geospatial revolution

Editor’s Note: This post is fifth and final in a series taking a look back at some of the lessons learned and accomplishments of the AidData Center for Development Policy over the past five years in partnership with the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID.AidData’s Pat Austria (College of William and Mary Class of ’13) speaks at the U.S. Global Development Lab Launch April 3, 2014.


Supporting evaluation at USAID through a global research network

Editor’s Note: This post is the fourth in a series taking a look back at some of the lessons learned and accomplishments of the AidData Center for Development Policy over the past five years in partnership with the U.S. Global Development Lab.AidData Geospatial Assistant Qiao Li leads an Intro to ArcGIS training session during the first AidData Research Consortium (ARC) convening in Janu


Expanding USAID’s capacity for data-driven decisions

Editors Note: This post is the third in a series taking a look back at some of the lessons learned and accomplishments of the AidData Center for Development Policy over the past five years in partnership with the U.S. Global Development Lab.This visualization of Rwanda, constructed by AidData Fellow Joshua Okafor,


Spreading geocoded aid information through the AidData Summer Fellows

Editor’s note: This summer, ten host organizations around the world welcomed twelve students to serve as AidData Summer Fellows. We’ll be showcasing their stories on our Medium feed each week — start this week by diving into the hunt for open data with Fe


Rockefeller Foundation President Raj Shah Discusses New USAID Administrator, Proposed U.S. Aid…

Devex: Former USAID chief Rajiv Shah lays out his advice for Mark Green “…Mapping out [USAID Administrator Mark] Green’s obstacles in front of a small audience at the Overseas Development Institute in London [recently], Shah — now head of the Rockefeller Foundation — praised Green’s credentials … But he also offered a sobering look at…More


Allocating funding fairly in Nepal

Inside Nepal’s Ministry of Finance, a small four-person team has a formidable responsibility: overseeing more than a $1 billion in development assistance annually that represents up to 20% of the national budget. Accelerating the country’s development and improving the livelihoods of the 25% of Nepalis who live below the poverty line requires maximizing the impact of every dollar spent.


Making development data fit for purpose in Senegal

Launching Senegal’s ambitious twenty-year national development strategy in 2015, President Macky Sall emphasized data as central for the country to meet its development goals. The “Emerging Senegal Plan” identified education and health as pilot sectors for a new initiative to place data at the center of budget allocation decisions.


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