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How Developing Nations Are Harnessing Green Technologies

By: Julie Potyraj Tamil Nadu is a state on the southern tip of India steeped in history. Its countless fishing villages near the Bay of Read More

Crowdfunding for Global Health: a novel solution or temporary fix? 

By Elizabeth Sherwin and Katia Cnop Elizabeth Sherwin was the Watsi Fellow working with Maya Health Alliance in Guatemala for 2016-2017. Katia Cnop is a Read More

Do Mothers Have a Say?

A recent breakthrough in genetic engineering suggests new options in treating genetic diseases while raises ethical concerns. By Yvaine Ye Her phone rang. It was Read More

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Drug counterfeiting – a 21st century solution to an age-old problem

Heard of blockchain technology? Ever wondered what it has to do with public health? When it comes to drug counterfeiting, this emerging technology may be the silver bullet for securing quality, safety and equity. Ensuring the safety and integrity of the global medicine supply chain is one of the most complex challenges facing healthcare delivery.


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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.


Reliable, High-Quality Health Data Vital To Addressing Growing NCD Burden

Health Affairs Blog: Addressing The Gap In Noncommunicable Disease Data With Technology And Innovation Kelly Henning, public health program lead at Bloomberg Philanthropies, discusses the role of data in addressing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), writing, “By closing gaps in health data, countries can react swiftly to shifting disease burdens, identify leading causes of death, and plan…More


How Developing Nations Are Harnessing Green Technologies

By: Julie Potyraj Tamil Nadu is a state on the southern tip of India steeped in history. Its countless fishing villages near the Bay of Read More


Blockchain Technology Could Help Streamline International Aid Distribution

Fast Company: How Blockchain Could Transform The Way International Aid Is Distributed “…The technology behind cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ethereum, blockchain is essentially a shared digital ledger system: a decentralized database that allows information to be exchanged among several parties but not altered. Transactions become blocks of data that are chained together, making everything…More


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.


The Promise of Data for Transforming Global Health

I recently came back from a field visit and as my organization’s designated data person (among the many other hats I wear), I think constantly about the role of data in our work and more broadly, its role in global health. We’ve always had a problem with data in our field, more specifically the dire lack thereof. Recent efforts to spotlight the lack of high quality data in global health has led to somewhat of a data renaissance. And you know it’s a big deal when Bill Gates throws his weight behind it. It seems like every global health innovation talk I go to nowadays portrays data (in all its forms, from big data, predictive analytics, and machine learning) as the ultimate game changer in global health


Mobile Technology Can Help Improve Health Care Access For Mothers, Children

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Bridging the maternal health care divide with mobile technology Joakim Reiter, group external affairs director at Vodafone “About 830 women around the world die each day due to pregnancy or childbirth complications. The suffering is completely unnecessary but this is where mobile technology can help. … USAID and the Vodafone Foundation have…More


Brookings Report Examines Private Sector Spending On Global Health R&D, Discusses Barriers,…

Brookings Institution: How much does the private sector invest in global health R&D? Jake Schneider, research assistant, John Villasenor, nonresident senior fellow of governance studies at the Center for Technology Innovation, and Darrell West, director and vice president of governance studies and founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation, all at the Brookings Institution,…More


Crowdfunding for Global Health: a novel solution or temporary fix? 

By Elizabeth Sherwin and Katia Cnop Elizabeth Sherwin was the Watsi Fellow working with Maya Health Alliance in Guatemala for 2016-2017. Katia Cnop is a Read More


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.


An experiment in giving

Just over a week ago I decided to try out a little experiment. I posted a Twitter poll to see if I could get the answer to a question that had been on my mind for a while. I had no idea what to expect and, although the sample size wasn’t fantastic, I was encouraged enough by the results to work a little more on the idea. So, over the weekend I posted up a call on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for contributors to do just that – donate an unconditional amount to a stranger each month. I upped the monthly payment a little, asking for monthly contributions of $15/£10, and capped the commitment at 12 months


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