The AidData Blog: The First Tranche

For more than a decade, Afrobarometer and AidData have independently provided policymakers, practitioners, and researchers with granular data about what is happening on the ground in Africa. Two years ago, our organizations recognized that a broad array of new insights would be discoverable if we could combine our data on development investments with data on local governance,

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Bon voyage and congratulations to the 2017 AidData Summer Fellows! Earlier this month the Fellows scattered out to NGOs across the globe. Photo by Morgan Goad for AidData.

This June, ten host organizations around the world welcomed twelve undergraduate and graduate students to serve as AidData Summer Fellows for 2017.

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As nationalist forces take hold in the U.S. and Europe, policymakers are asking fundamental questions about the value of multilateral institutions that provide development finance. Do these institutions provide good value-for-money? What are their comparative strengths and weaknesses? How do they compare to their bilateral counterparts?

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Editor’s Note: The following post is adapted from an AidData Working Paper — The Dragon’s Curse? China, the World Bank, and Perceptions of Corruption in Tanzania, by authors Gina Kelly, Samuel Brazys, and Johan Elkink — that has been revised and published in the Review of International Organizations

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Heidelberg University and AidData are pleased to invite submissions of one-page proposals due May 1st for papers to be presented at the workshop “Tracking International Aid and Investment from Developing and Emerging Economies,” at Heidelberg University in Germany from September 22-23, 2017.

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Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General for Statistics South Africa, closed the inaugural UN World Data Forum by charging the audience to fill data gaps, saying: “We cannot achieve what we cannot measure."

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