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OpenAid Italia: Should We Expect More?

Last month, the Italian Foreign Ministry launched OpenAid Italia, making Italian official development assistance information publicly available online. The initiative is part of Italy’s commitment to development cooperation as a signatory of the Busan Partnership. In 2011,

Social Program Expenditures by the Brazilian Government in billions of dollars (per sector) (1995-2010)

The One Degree of Separation between Emerging Donors and FIFA

Once on the receiving end of aid, Brazil is now actively positioning itself to share lessons learned in growing its economy with other countries. In recent years, Brazil has rapidly increased its outgoing aid dollars to Haiti, Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa, the United Nations Development Program, and the World Food Program.

Back to the Future

This Week: Predicting the future success of your project and #selfiesfordevelopment

Humans have an uncanny desire to foresee what will happen in the future (cue movie with dashing lead running to save his life after altering the future), coupled with a desire to be able to act on 20/20 hindsight. So, when the World Bank says it can better predict project outcome rankings at the outset of the project, ears should perk up. A new working paper investigated a predictive model based on project size, prep time, effectiveness delays, planned project length, country performance as measured by the Country Policy and Institutional Assessment ratings, and track record of the project manager.

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Can Data Visualization Make it Easier to Crowdsource Corruption Monitoring?

“I hear people who think that we can decree today that there be no corruption, and then there will be no corruption tomorrow; it doesn’t work like that.” – Amama Mbabazi

This unscripted remark caught my attention when Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi recently spoke at length about the country’s anti-corruption ordinances and the supposed strengthening of oversight agencies.

Electricity Sector Investments from the US, EU and China to African Countries

Energy investments in Africa by the US, Europe, and China

This guest post is an excerpt of an article published by the IAEE Energy Forum with co-authors Morgan Bazilian and Todd Moss.

The energy sector is developing rapidly in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and is a priority for both governments and international partners. The UN launched the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative with the objectives of  achieving universal energy access,

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Geocoding 101: A Behind the Scenes Look at Visualizing Aid and Development

I often get asked how AidData takes vast stores of development finance information and translates them into something that can be easily understood by the public. Last week, we published our geocoded data on aid flows to Nepal via the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) registry.

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