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December 2011

Assessing Donor Transparency Practices Outside of the DAC

Including non-DAC development finance agencies in future benchmarking exercises would be a great service to the aid transparency policy discussion, as manyare currently establishing new agencies and working out how information will be gathered and published for years to come.

December 2011

Mapping World Bank Project Success Patterns in Afghanistan: Does the Spatial Distribution of Violence Matter?

The spatial distribution of violence and project performance do not correspond as closely as one might expect.

November 2011

Making Open Data Work for the Poor

Information is power, and it may improve development outcomes – if applied correctly.

November 2011

Introducing AidData 2.0

Today, AidData launched its new and improved website, featuring more content and new data and marking an expansion in the program’s mission and scope.

November 2011

A fresh look at China as an aid donor

Evidence suggests that Chinese aid is not overwhelmingly influenced by the country's commercial or political interests.

November 2011

Newly Released World Bank Dataset a Step Forward for Aid Transparency

The World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group dataset containing evaluations of almost 10,000 World Bank projects since the early 1960s.

September 2011

Got transparency? Leaders and laggards in climate finance reporting

A new scorecard reveals that we have a long way to go in making climate finance transparent.

September 2011

Using Remote Sensing Technologies to Monitor Aid's Impact

Remote sensing can help social and environmental scientists better understand aid's role as a possible driver of land use and land cover change

September 2011

New Report on Chinese Aid Transparency Expresses Cautious Optimism

The report outlines how Chinese aid reporting differs from Western methods and assesses the prospects for improving the transparency of China's foreign assistance.

August 2011

A spatial perspective on World Bank health projects in India

While development indicators improved in some regions over time, some regions were continuously lagging behind.

August 2011

Food for thought?

The growth in food production could be a sign that the renaissance of agricultural aid is enjoying some success. But despite these positive trends, the global food crisis continues.

August 2011

AfDB geocoded dataset now publicly available

The data include more than $10 billion in AfDB Group funding to 43 African countries.

June 2011

Experimenting with Aid Information

AidData will be partnering with UNICEF and Ushahidi to run a randomized controlled trial in Uganda to test which incentive mechanisms are most effective in recruiting Ugandan citizens to provide useful information on development needs and outcomes.

June 2011

Where does aid go? Mapping the African Development Bank’s Activities

AidData's new map shows the AfDB's ongoing operations in three countries: Cameroon, Morocco, and Tanzania.

May 2011

China’s Foreign Aid White Paper: a Victory for the Aid Transparency Movement?

While the paper provides some aggregate funding statistics, but it does not provide the granular project-level detail necessary to monitor the nature of the country’s specific development assistance activities.

May 2011

Supply vs. Demand in Aid Transparency and Accountability

It is important to recognize the significant constraints that donors face in making their data public.

May 2011

Open Data for Development Camp highlights challenges and innovations in aid transparency

Participants generally agreed that open development data should be a core component of a paradigm shift towards increased transparency, accountability, and public participation in development practice.

May 2011

U.S. Foreign Aid to Pakistan: In Perspective

Clear information on the types and amounts of aid given by the US to Pakistan has been notably absent from public discourse.

April 2011

Emerging Economies Press for Continued Access to Coal Financing at the World Bank

A recent uptick in coal-based power lending might indicate that donor countries like the US no longer exert the influence at the World Bank that they once had.

April 2011

Time for some mashups: World Bank and AidData released geographic data for 81 countries and launch open.aiddata.org

The geocoded data represent more than 16,000 locations for more than 2,700 active Bank activities in all 79 IDA countries, plus China and the Philippines.

April 2011

Bangladesh: Mapping climate change and food security

Mapping results in Bangladesh shows how swiftly Bank support has been distributed to reach people in need, and in locations where impact is greatest.

April 2011

Politics of Aid Allocation Redux

Vreeland's paper and an AidData blog post gave the impression that it was about $71 million per year for two seats on IO boards. But, it turns out the Swiss almost certainly got more for their money than we thought.

April 2011

Thoughts on Ten Steps (or at least a few of them)

While raw data is fantastic, especially for researchers and analysts, there are also a lot of people interested in aid who would like their information pre-cooked to some degree.

April 2011

AidData to make trillions of dollars in development assistance compatible with IATI standard

The AidData database currently accounts for around $4 trillion in development activities funded by nearly 90 donor agencies between 1945 and 2010 - this feature will therefore instantly make a vast quantity of aid information compatible with the IATI standard.

April 2011

The Politics of Foreign Aid Allocation

A surprising number of political scientists analyze aid allocation from a geo-strategic perspective where states make aid commitments or allocations in pursuit of other foreign policy goals, rather than just domestic political goals.

March 2011

Aid and reconstruction challenges in post-disaster contexts: Japan and Haiti

People who are moved by the devastation of the Japanese earthquake and wish to help would probably do better to look back at last year's earthquake in Haiti and donate to organizations that continue to do crucial work there, after the world media has largely moved on.

March 2011

From recipients to donors: Developing countries as providers of disaster relief

It seems plausible that some countries are offering in help in part as a way to express gratitude for receiving foreign aid in the past and/or in hopes of receiving such aid in the future.

March 2011

AidData celebrates first birthday

It’s been an exciting year for the aid transparency movement overall.

March 2011

Aid to be paid on delivery?

The idea behind cash on delivery is that aid recipients are paid for achieving various development benchmarks, plus bonuses for additional achievements.

March 2011

Putting Aside the "Humanitarian, Do-Good" Stuff

Though an AidData team observed an overall relationship between unemployment and aid commitments, this effect was strongly mediated by domestic politics.

February 2011

Transparency Promotes Data Visualization

The combination of easily accessible data on development finance and open data from the World Bank's World Development Indicators allows computer software geniuses to visualize data in useful and interesting ways.

February 2011

Gendering Agricultural Aid?

While the discourse about mainstreaming gender and targeting vulnerable female populations has continued to increase over time, dollars for this purpose have not.

February 2011

Moving closer to an international data standard for aid information

IATI has been signed by 18 donors and endorsed by 18 partner countries.

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