AidData 3.0 Official Press Release

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For Immediate Release
October 29, 2013
Contact: Samantha Custer, 202-705-6970

AidData’s Newly Released Data Portal Makes Development Finance More Intuitive

WASHINGTON, D.C. – AidData, a research and innovation lab that seeks to improve development
outcomes by making development finance data more accessible and actionable, released the 3.0 version of
its portal today during Global Transparency Week.

Building upon previous efforts to track all aid flows, the 3.0 data portal seeks to capture the total resource
envelope available to countries to plan for their development. In one interactive interface, policymakers
and practitioners are now able to compare data on over $40 trillion in remittances, foreign direct
investment, and aid from 90 donor agencies. Private foundation grants and domestic public expenditure
from developing countries will also be added in the coming months.

“A perennial challenge for policymakers, practitioners, and civil society groups is joining up large,
disparate datasets in order to identify patterns and trends,” AidData Co-Executive Director Brad Parks
said.” AidData 3.0 makes it easier for users to collate, visualize, and analyze the aid and development
datasets that are most relevant to them.”

“We now have the data and the tools needed to support a policy discussion about the relationships
between different development finance flows and real world outcomes, such as whether donors and
governments are making it easier for citizens to access local health clinics that provide life-saving
medicines.” AidData Co-Executive Director Nancy McGuire Choi said.

With the new data portal, AidData will provide enhanced visualization tools to make the analysis of data
on incoming financial flows and development outcomes far more intuitive. The site now allows users to
run search queries for specific aid projects or donors, and generates visual dashboards instead of large
data tables from these search results. A new state-of-the-art GIS interface allows users to upload their
own data, as well as create, save and share maps.

“AidData 3.0 makes it much easier for users to import their own datasets and generate powerful
visualizations with multiple subnational data layers,” Parks said. “We look forward to seeing how users
will leverage the new capabilities of the platform.”

AidData anticipates that the new data and tools available through AidData 3.0 will enable researchers,
policymakers and practitioners to uncover new insights about the distribution and impact of development
finance. The ability to export data using the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standardized
format facilitates comparability among various data sources and public API access enables others to
leverage the data hosted on in their own systems and visualizations.

“The new dashboards, data visualizations, and maps bring to life data previously contained in rows and
columns,” Choi said. “It’s a data sandbox with user-friendly tools for both techies and non-techies to
explore the policy and research questions of greatest interest to them.”