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November 2010

Better Data Could Inform This Debate

Van Der Veen moves from assertion to simple empirical poking and shows that for the projects with the largest dollar amounts, donors have worked in conjunction with official authorities.

November 2010

Aid Transparency After the Election: Emerging Common Ground?

Only when aid information can be compared across U.S. agencies and with other donors will it be possible for legislators, taxpayers, and aid workers to tell if money is being put to the best use possible.

October 2010

Mapping development for better results

The many benefits include facilitated coordination among donors and thus better-directed aid.

October 2010

PWYF Aid Transparency Assessment 2010

While PWYF looks at three broad areas of transparency and seven specific indicators of transparency, they also provide an interactive tool that allows web users to re-weight the distinct areas of transparency based on their own judgments of their relative importance.

October 2010

The Elusive Quest for Effective Aid Management in Liberia

One commonly-heard argument is that recipient governments need to first take steps to "put their own house in order" to boost donor confidence. By all appearances, the Liberian authorities are doing just that.

October 2010

World Bank Open Data Initiative Features Geo-Coded Maps

Yesterday the World Bank unveiled an interactive mapping tool that allows users to view the locations within a country where World Bank project dollars are spent, view expenditures by sector, and overlay these projects with sub-national data.

October 2010

Quality of Official Development Assistance Report (QuODA) Issued by Brookings and CGD

The report ranks both donors and donor agencies in terms of four broad categories -- Maximizing Efficiency; Fostering Institutions; Reducing Burden; and Transparency and Learning.

September 2010

Grassroots Monitoring and Aid Effectiveness: Does Greater Community Involvement Matter?

This simple idea -- that local community members have strong incentives to track how funds are being spent in their own localities, but need detailed public expenditure information and political space to conduct an effective oversight role -- has become increasingly popular.

September 2010

India opens up its aid tap

While the Indian aid apparatus is still forming and no central agency has been established, we have been able to collect some very basic project level statistics from outcome budgets.

September 2010

Aid Shocks Likely Cause Armed Conflict

Research suggests that, even if aid proves entirely ineffective at relieving poverty or promoting economic growth, withdrawing it suddenly might lead to violent conflict.

September 2010

New MDG Strategy Document Signals USG Commitment to Aid Transparency

If the USG gets on the aid transparency bandwagon, it could be a huge boost for the International Aid Transparency Initiative and broader efforts to strengthen the feedback loop between donors and intended beneficiaries.

September 2010

South-North Cooperation? Hurricane Katrina and the US as an aid recipient

The government of Qatar allocated $100 million to health, education, and housing projects across the US Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

August 2010

A Slow Tsunami of Assistance?

While other donors invest a larger proportion of their aid into humanitarian assistance and rapid response activities, Arab donors have traditionally been more active in the reconstruction phase of emergency response.

August 2010

Leveraging the “Wisdom of Crowds”: Enhanced Project View and Crowd-Sourcing

One potential remedy to the "broken feedback loop" is to make it easier for project beneficiaries and local stakeholders in developing countries to share real-time performance information with Western donor agencies.

August 2010

Donor Coordination in Kenya and Mozambique

Geo-referencing development projects is one very promising method that could facilitate greater coordination and dialogue between policymakers, development practitioners, researchers, NGOs, recipient governments, and citizens.

August 2010

Donor Bingo -or- Four New Donors

These additional donors represent an additional $3,867,402,828 (USD 2000) of aid in 506 individual projects.

August 2010

Aid, Women, and Progress in Morocco

While the achievement levels of Moroccan women have increased since the Moudawana reforms, Morocco has stayed roughly in the same place relative to the rest of the countries in the world.

August 2010

Credible Commitments and Environmental Aid

Donors may be allocating environmental aid in order to build capacity for environmental governance in countries where current capacity is low.

August 2010

Mapping For Results

Geo-referencing creates the localized information that empowers recipients to hold their governments accountable and makes it possible to easily visualize aid information so it is accessible and understandable.

August 2010

AidData 1.1

Tonight we pushed AidData version 1.1 out the door!

July 2010

Brazil gives as much aid as Canada and Sweden? Maybe not...

Brazil isn’t acting like more traditional non-DAC donors that rely on large cash transfers and heavily structured infrastructure projects. Instead, it is leveraging its comparative advantages to provide assistance to other developing countries.

July 2010

A Tale of Two Deltas: Part Two

With the possibility the containment cap may hold until relief wells are finished in the next month, we wanted to update our numbers and take a new look at these two spills.

July 2010

Conflict and Aid Beyond Kyrgyzstan

Given the history of tensions and a slim portfolio of aid for conflict prevention, a reassessment of the composition and geographical distribution of aid may be appropriate as the international community considers how to prevent strife from stifling development in Central Asia.

July 2010

A Tale of Two Deltas

While the volume of the oil spill in the Gulf is still considerably smaller, the efforts to clean it up have certainly eclipsed any previous efforts to clean up any oil spill in the Niger Delta.

May 2010

What Can the U.S. Learn from China?

A little competition may go a long way towards crafting a U.S. aid strategy that is effective, sustainable, and even more appealing than a Chinese sack of cash.

May 2010

AidData 1.0.5

AidData 1.0.5 is the third in a series of point releases since our public launch on March 24, 2010.

April 2010

Eradicating Guinea Worm: What do our data have to say?

Using guinea worm as an example here are some points which highlight the strengths of AidData while also focusing on the need for further improved data in certain areas.

April 2010

Arab Aid Isn't What It Used To Be...

As a proportion of either GNI or total government spending, Kuwait has reduced its aid spending.

April 2010

AidData 1.0.4

The changes in 1.0.4 are mainly small bug fixes that users have emailed us about since we launched last month.

April 2010

Coming Soon: AidData.org v1.0.4

We wanted to update everyone on where we are with fixing various issues in both data and software reported by a number of our users.

April 2010

What can AidData tell us about Haiti?

Nearly 30 non-DAC bilateral donors made pledges at the donor conference, and we’ll be working hard over the coming months to track these projects right here on the AidData portal.

April 2010

AidData, IATI, and... Boats?

One of the most exciting developments in the world of aid transparency is the emerging data sharing standard developed by the International Aid Transparency Initiative.

March 2010

Welcome to the First Tranche

While data is the centerpiece of the AidData initiative, we will be blogging about a variety of topics that are related to development finance.

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