The AidData Blog: The First Tranche

This guest post is an excerpt of an article published by the IAEE Energy Forum with co-authors Morgan Bazilian and Todd Moss.

The energy sector is developing rapidly in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and is a priority for both governments and international partners. The UN launched the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative with the objectives of  achieving universal energy access,

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I often get asked how AidData takes vast stores of development finance information and translates them into something that can be easily understood by the public. Last week, we published our geocoded data on aid flows to Nepal via the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) registry.

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As the world reflects on what came out of the US-Africa Leaders Summit earlier this month, some have argued that the summit indicates a distinct shift from a relationship with African countries based on aid to one based on commercial ties.  Evidence for the latter is seen in the $14 billion that private companies pledged in

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This July, 20 representatives from the government, media, civil society, INGOs, academia and tech community gathered together in Nepal Open Gov Hub, Kathmandu for a roundtable discussion on open budget data.

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“Ghost teachers” are not other worldly beings, but non-existent teachers paid regular salaries. In Uganda’s Mbabara District, over 100 primary school teachers received salaries despite the allegation that many of them are in Rwanda. Ghost teachers are not the only pseudo-employees to haunt government payrolls – ghost doctors, policemen, and soldiers waste government resources too. These hidden expenses add up. A 2013 effort to remove ghost workers from the government payroll in Uganda resulted in approximately $1.4 billion (3.7 billion Ugandan shillings) worth of savings in the first third of the year alone.

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“In Nepal, we need to move beyond just talking about open data, and start asking questions like ‘who are the consumers of this data and how are they using it?’ ” said Dr. Sagar Sharma, Chair of the Development Studies Department at Kathmandu University of the Arts. Kathmandu University of the Arts, AidData, and the Open Nepal coalition co-hosted the second Nepal Open Data Working Group in Kathmandu, a continuation of the Working Group held in February of this year. The discussion centered around two key questions. How can more granular, geo-referenced budget data be used to better understand the allocation and impact of publicly financed projects? And how can stakeholders interact with this data in their communities?

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