AidData Summer Fellows
In June 2015, sixteen student researchers began their work as AidData Summer Fellows in Uganda, the Philippines, Ghana, and Peru. They are working with a handful of civil society organizations and government agencies to incorporate subnational aid and development data into their daily work. Read more about how they are putting the data to work for development here.
AidData Summer Fellows improve the capacity of civil society in developing countries to use geocoded data, which localizes development funding and activities down to the district, town or street corner level. Funded by USAID, summer fellows embed with local universities, think tanks and civil society groups for two to three months, equipping local organizations with the skills to use this data in program planning, advocacy and research.
2015 AidData Summer Fellows
Emily Anderson is a candidate for the Master of Applied Geography and Geospatial Technology at the University of Colorado- Denver. She will be working in Uganda this summer with the Economic Policy Research Center at Makerere University in Kampala. Her work will focus on building the capacity of the EPRC to integrate geocoded development finance data and GIS into their current research. She has a BA in Sociology from Colorado State University, and recently received a graduate GIS certificate from the University of Colorado- Denver.
Deirdre Appel is a Masters candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in International Development Policy. She will be traveling to Uganda this summer to work with UNICEF to conduct an impact evaluation of the U-Report program. The aim is to examine how citizen feedback affects government decision making.
Prabesh Basnet is a 2015 graduate of the College of William & Mary with a degree in Sociology. He will be working with Map the Philippines, a new organization funded by a grant from Making All Voices Count to develop an open source, open data platform for cross-sectoral mapping of the Philippines. He will collaborate with a wide range of partners to expand capacity for using and populating the platform. The objective of the tool is to increase resilience for disaster response and facilitate coordination across development actors.
Bree Cattelino is a student at the College of William and Mary. She will be traveling as an AidData Summer Fellow to Kampala, Uganda where she will be working with Agency for Transformation (AfT) and Transparency International Uganda (TIU). At AfT, Bree will be working with co-fellow Ethan Rank and staff to design maps depicting the allocation of agricultural funds to the four regions of Uganda. With TIU, she will be assisting researchers in evaluating the disbursement of health and education aid in the Wakiso district.
Kimberley Coles is a student at the University of Redlands. Kimberley is working this summer with the M&E office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Philippines and Innovations for Poverty Action, an international NGO. She will be designing maps for municipalities and townships that are participants in a community decision process project of the World Bank/Asian Development Bank (KALAHI-CIDSS). DSWD and IPA seek to visualize information from prior funding projects and make it useful to the villages and towns as they allocate the next stage of funds.
Robert Francis is an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University studying Political Science with an emphasis in International Development. As an AidData summer fellow, he will be stationed in Kampala, Uganda, with the Economic Policy Research Centre at Makerere University. His work focuses on building the capacity to use experimental methods in economic and developmental research.
Zachary Gore is a rising senior at the College of William & Mary. He will be embedded with Financial Accountability & Transparency - Africa (FAT-Africa) in Accra, Ghana. With FAT-Africa, Zach will lead a data collection effort on USAID’s Feed the Future initiative in Ghana, focusing on gathering data that is useful for locally-based civil society organizations. He will also provide training on geocoding and AidData’s data portal to staff at FAT-Africa and other policy specialists.
Daniela Hernandez is a master’s student at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, pursuing a dual degree in Global Policy and Latin American Studies. This summer she will be travelling to the Philippines to work as an AidData summer fellow with Map the Philippines Initiative. She will be leading workshops for local governments, universities, NGOs, and businesses with the purpose of building capacity to use the organization’s new open source mapping platform. The purpose of this tool is to increase resilience for disaster response and facilitate coordination across development actors.
Syedah Aroob Iqbal is doing a Masters in Global Policy Studies from University of Texas - Austin. As an AidData summer fellow for 2015, Aroob will be working with CIPESA-ICT Policy Center for Eastern and Southern Africa in Uganda. Aroob will be working on building the capacity of her host organization to use Open Budget and Development Assistance Data to increase accountability of development programs and improve the targeting of such programs to the areas where they are most needed.
Alex Kostura is a candidate for the Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. As an AidData Summer Fellow, he will be working with the USAID Mission in Lima, Peru to integrate geospatial data with programming priorities and strategic planning. He is also excited to work with implementing partners to improve local understanding of foreign aid flows. Alex is grateful to the Blakeley Foundation Fellowship program for financially supporting his endeavors this summer.
Amy Leung is a student finishing her last semester at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studies geography and sociology. This summer, she will be working with the Map the Philippines Initiative in Manila to visualize issues involving food security and climate, community, and disaster resilience. Additionally, Amy’s work in the Philippines will include collaborating with the drone team to map risk areas and infrastructure to improve data availability within the country.
Emily Mahoney is a recent graduate of the College of William & Mary where she studied Economics and Public Health. She will be working at the USAID mission in Uganda this summer, where she will be supporting the GIS specialist in order to create a centralized database of USAID geocoded project activities.
Emily McLenigan is an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary studying International Relations. This summer she will be working in Manila with Map the Philippines, an initiative funded by Making All Voices Count, with several other AidData Summer Fellows. Her efforts will be focused on improving data accessibility concerning Disaster and Community Resilience.
Ethan Rank is a senior at Brigham Young University studying Political Science. He is doing his summer fellowship with Agency for Transformation in Uganda, where he will be training AFT staff to use geocoded data and doing research related to allocation of climate-change aid. At BYU, Ethan is a hired research assistant who works with AidData by geocoding and arbitrating work projects.
Avery Resor is a candidate for the Master of Development Practice at the University of California-Berkeley focusing on assessing the impact of development projects at the intersection of agriculture and nutrition. As an AidData Summer Fellow, Avery is working with UNICEF Uganda to evaluate the impact of UNICEF’s U-Report system on data-driven development. Previously, Avery worked to increase the availability of data on livelihoods and ecosystem services for decision-makers in Tanzania as part of the Vital Signs Monitoring System. She earned a B.A. in environmental science and policy from Duke University.
Lu Sevier is a Biology major at the College of William and Mary. This summer she will be working in Manila with the Map the Philippines initiative, a new organization funded by Making All Voices Count. Over these two months she will be researching topics such as Disaster and Community Resilience and creating spatial representations.