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December 2012

Does open data make development more accountable? The case of Colombia

Development Gateway and Transparencia por Colombia have visually mapped data on development projects, transparency at the local level and poverty rates in Colombia to start to unravel a policy conundrum.

December 2012

Unshared Government Data is a Waste

You can create as many information systems as you want, but they will not take-off unless the right incentive structures to share and standardize data are mainstreamed.

November 2012

Military Strategy or Poverty Reduction?: Investigating the Provincial Allocation of Aid to Afghanistan

Recent U.S. military interventions, relying on the coordination of military and humanitarian activities, have sparked an important debate over the appropriate use of development assistance.

November 2012

Is international aid for biodiversity targeted to the right countries?

Biodiversity aid has fallen short of donor commitments, but is relatively well-targeted toward areas of biodiversity need and good governance.

November 2012

Announcing the AidData Center for Development Policy

The AidData Center for Development Policy will create geospatial data and tools that enable USAID and the broader global development community to more effectively target, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate the impact of aid.

October 2012

Aid Fishing in the Yemen: Tracking Saudi Development Assistance to Its Southern Neighbor

Using media-based methods, we attempted to generate the most detailed, project-level summary of Saudi aid to Yemen to date.

October 2012

New 2010 OECD CRS Data Imported Into AidData web portal

The new data include some new donors, new data fields, and new purpose codes. Below is a brief summary the new CRS and how it is reflected in the AidData web portal.

October 2012

Aid and Africa’s Resource Potential

African natural resources are largely unexplored and undeveloped. If harnessed correctly by African nations, these resources can be a catalyst for ending chronic poverty.

September 2012

Reducing Corruption in Aid Delivery: 3 Key Lessons Learned

Donor agency officials often perceive measures to detect and prevent corruption in aid projects as costly and distracting. However, left unchecked, corruption can undermine the political legitimacy of overseas aid activities.

September 2012

The View from Citizens in a Recipient Country

The question of how aid compares to relevant alternatives is rarely asked. But it is key.

September 2012

Non-DAC Round-Up: Chinese Investment in Africa Since FOCAC 2012

Debate continues over the effectiveness of Chinese aid to Africa, but neither side can ignore the magnitude of the economic and political relationship.

September 2012

Who Is Leading Russia’s Overseas Aid Programme?

All along, there seems to have been a bit of tug-of-war between the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over who would have the upper hand in providing both the vision and the infrastructure for Russia’s overseas aid programme.

August 2012

Bad Behavior, Good Politics, and Ideas: Making Sense of Theories of Aid Allocation

The aid allocation literature remains fragmented and largely inaccessible to many policymakers and practitioners. Two books published in the past year could change that.

August 2012

Dirty Work: The Environmental Impact of DAC and Non-DAC Donor Projects

The public release of the AidData Environmental Impact CodeDataset makes it possible to examine whether NDBs have “dirtier” grant and loan portfolios than DAC bilateral donors.

August 2012

New climate data and tools featured on CCAPS aid dashboard

Among other information, the dashboard features the first-ever dataset tracking all climate aid activities in a single country.

August 2012

How Eco-Friendly is Nigeria’s Foreign Aid Portfolio?

There is a lack of clean-up funding provided to Nigeria by international donors, especially in light of the total amount of external funding spent on developing Nigeria’s oil and gas sectors.

August 2012

USD-2009 Deflator Web Service now in Beta

This service, hosted at the College of William and Mary’s Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, makes AidData’s deflator methodology readily available to anyone.

July 2012

The Case for Using Geocodes and Activity Codes at Project Appraisal: Insights from a World Bank Anti-Malaria Project in the DRC

Putting timely and actionable information like this in the hands of government and IGO officials who make development policy decisions with far-reaching consequences is a central part of AidData's raison d'être.

July 2012

Taking open data offline (and back again)

It seems that often when we imagine all the fantastic possibilities of open data, we forget how many people live in remote, rural areas (or urban areas with poor infrastructure) where there is no broadband.

July 2012

New Geocoded Data Sheds Light on Social Conflict

The Social Conflict in Africa Database (SCAD) includes events through 2011, and the entire dataset is geo-referenced to provide latitude and longitude coordinates for more than 7,900 conflict events.

June 2012

New on AidData.org: Environmental Impact Codes

The environmental impact variable evaluates the likely environmental impact of a project, as well as the scope of environmental benefit.

June 2012

Migration and Development Finance: The Case of South Asia and the Gulf

Remittance flows from Gulf States alone range between 1 to 3 times the size of ODA flows in five countries surveyed: Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

June 2012

New Findings from Crowdsourcing Experiment in Uganda

Findings shed new light on a potential solution to one of most fundamental problems in development: the broken feedback loop between donors and their intended beneficiaries.

May 2012

Increasing the Development Impact of Open Data

In order to impartially disseminate public information, an organization must design its data liberation strategy with both effective technologies and appropriate public policies in mind.

May 2012

The limitations of donor mapping: Inedible food aid

While aid data can tell us a lot about some things, conclusions about outputs, impacts or effectiveness should be drawn with extreme caution – even where the links between inputs and outputs seem straightforward and crystal clear.

April 2012

Transparent Aid Management and State Building in Somalia

Aid transparency is a two-way street.

April 2012

Are the Paris Declaration objectives of untied aid and defragmented aid compatible? New evidence from Knack and Lodewijk

Results suggest that efforts to untie aid will not conflict with efforts to encourage donors to establish a clear division of labor.

April 2012

Where are donors working in Malawi? A new dataset sheds light

The dataset includes sub-national geocodes for approximately 550 aid projects undertaken in Malawi since 2000, representing nearly $5.3 billion in total commitments or roughly 80% of all aid reported to the Ministry of Finance during that time.

April 2012

Do Private Flows Reach the Lowest Income Countries?

Analysis of private investment suggests that the lowest income countries do not experience dramatically lower inflows than better-off developing countries.

March 2012

The Benefits (and Drawbacks) of Coding Aid Projects By Activity

IATI reporting standards, CRS purpose codes, AidData activity coding, and Open Aid Partnership geocoding all demonstrate that transparent, accessible, and detailed aid information is well within reach.

March 2012

How Important are Private and Non-DAC Sources of Global Development Finance?

The absence of country-level data on private investment, private philanthropy, and remittances almost certainly distorts the overall picture of global development finance flowing into a given country.

March 2012

Mapping makes it easier to identify links between climate change, conflict, and aid

CCAPS researchers are investigating the interplay of climate-related hazards and incidents of violent conflict, and the way conflict dynamics are changing over time and space.

March 2012

New Research Resources on AidData.org

AidData is offering new, smaller prepared dataset options based on our Research Release.

February 2012

The Case for Using Project-Level Data to Study Aid Distribution and Impact

Finer-grained aid information is helping scholars gain greater leverage on questions related to aid allocation and effectiveness.

February 2012

A World without Aid Transparency: Dispatch from the Frontlines in Bangladesh

Identifying whether and how projects are functioning in impoverished communities is the central to designing effective poverty alleviation projects.

January 2012

New AidData Research Briefs Posted: Is Health and Education Aid Effective?

These 3-5 page publications seek to make the empirical findings of AidData-affiliated faculty more accessible to policymakers, development practitioners, journalists, and the general public.

January 2012

Looking Beyond the Supervision-Outcome Relationship in World Bank Projects

While supervision of aid projects is important, so too is understanding how general contextual factors shape the success and failure of projects.

January 2012

Do strong monitoring and evaluation systems and high levels of staff supervision make World Bank projects more effective?

Effective supervision is a necessary, but insufficient, predictor of project success.

January 2012

Transparency in South-South Cooperation: Why Does it Matter?

Venezuela's South-South cooperation has helped it curry favor with governments in the region, but it has also made the Chávez administration the subject of intense criticism for its apparent lack of transparency.

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