The AidData Blog: The First Tranche

This is a modified version of a post originally published on Development Gateway’s blog

What could you do with information on 2 million foreign aid contracts at your fingertips? We’re pleased to unveil a new dataset and visualization app from AidData partner Development Gateway. Read below to get the story about what’s in the data and how this came about.  

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AidData is pleased to announce that it is requesting expressions of interest to undertake new research that (a) uses rigorous empirical methods to analyze sub-nationally geocoded development finance data, and (b) has significant potential to inform development policy and decision-making.

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Tags: geo-referencinggeocoded datadevelopment assistanceaid transparencyaid coordinationaid effectiveness

“One…two…three…four.” I scan the room, counting the number of raised hands in answer to my question. I was about to present maps tracking National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) budget and service delivery, but I wanted to know something first. Did these farmers know that they could access detailed information on the government’s agriculture activities and provide feedback? The answer: only 4 out of 100 farmers had even heard of the Uganda Budget Information website.

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Tags: summerfellowNAADSservicedeliveryDevelopmentUgandabudgetInformationopendatatransparencyaccountabilitycorruptioncitizenengagementfeedbacksocialauditfarmersagriculture

As a geocoder, I spent most of my time combing through copious project documentation looking for precise locations of development activities. Sleuthing for these valuable data points, it was easy to get lost in the details and lose sight of the fact that liberating data can have real-time impact. Last month, several AidData students and I put our GIS skills to work in mapping the Ebola outbreak as part of the MapGive Mapathon.

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Tags: ebolageocodingWilliam and MaryMapGiveMapathonmapsdatavisualizationJOSMOSMHOTRedCrosshumanitarianGIScrowdsourcingLiberiaSierra Leone

As the Ebola virus spreads across West Africa, humanitarian organizations seek to ensure that their resources are efficiently being deployed in order to meet the challenges of this crisis. In an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Thursday, Administrator Raj Shah announced that USAID would commit an additional $75 million dollars in aid to help combat the virus which has affected over 20,000 individuals thus far.

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Tags: opendataIndonesiaDevelopmentItalyeventscitizenfeedbacksan franciscoUSAIDgovernmentaid

AidData and Feedback Labs invite you to a breakfast event

Citizen Feedback: Bolstering or Circumventing the Democratic Process?

Feedback initiatives leverage technology and open data to amplify citizen voices in shaping development priorities, monitoring progress, and evaluating results.

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Tags: citizenfeedbacklabseventengagementDevelopmentM&EdemocracycivilsocietyUSAIDGlobalLabHESNOxfamNDIMIT


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