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Working Towards a “New Normal”: AidData and the U.S. Global Development Lab’s Efforts to Accelerate Uptake of Geospatial Data and Analysis

In 2006, AidData’s Co-Executive Director, Nancy McGuire Choi, was in Haiti at a meeting with an Economic Adviser to then President Preval. She remembers vividly how the President’s adviser articulated with great emotion some of the challenges facing the government of Haiti’s line ministries.

“Why Should We Wait?”: Mapping for the Next Disaster

Today, AidData launches the first of a six-part podcast series to take you past the maps and dashboards on our website to the human stories at the heart of our research. Today’s episode is on the data response to the devastating earthquake in Nepal and the work this summer by AidData Summer Fellows in the Philippines. To listen to today’s episode,

Who do Developing World Leaders Listen to and Why? New Evidence from the 2014 Reform Efforts Survey

Source: Billboard photo by Aaron Ross/The Economist; FY13 Côte d’Ivoire Scorecard from MCC

Something odd happened in Côte d’Ivoire during the summer of 2013. Billboards advertising the negative effects of corruption mysteriously appeared throughout Abijdan. As a public awareness campaign, this had mixed results.

Going "Deeper Than Data" With AidData

As of today, June 16, 2015, AidData has curated data on over 1.4 million development assistance projects through 70 years, totaling $40 trillion all over the world.

This is, to say the least, a huge amount of information. Policy-makers, practitioners, civil society organizations, and scholars all over the world need data on the universe of development finance flows.

This Week: Will the Real Grand Challenge Please Stand Up?

There have been many “grand challenges” for development made, and fewer met. Ken Banks challenges development institutions themselves in his post “Is ‘Fixing Development’ the Real Grand Challenge for Global Development?”  Whether it will be met is yet to be seen, and would require some sincere self-analysis by many key players. 

AidData’s Summer Fellows Put Data to Work for Development

16 AidData Summer Fellows help organizations in 4 countries put open data and GIS to support smarter and more effective aid policies

Sixteen student researchers touched down in four countries last week to begin work as AidData Summer Fellows. This AidData program, now in its third year, embeds fellows within research institutions, civil society organizations,

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