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Open Data and Foreign Policy

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What is the open data movement and how is it relevant to foreign policy? How is open data disrupting the business of development? Becoming data savvy and building bridges across silos is critical for almost any foreign policy professional.

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Tags: foreignpolicyopendataDevelopmentYPFPUSAID

Courtesy image: Amina Mohammed (center) addresses participants in the Post 2015 Data Test and National Implementation of the Post 2015 Agenda workshop in New York, NY on October 14, 2014. UN Foundation

Amina Mohammed recounted seeing sacks of paper - data points on Nigeria’s development progress or lack thereof - left forlornly on the floor with little chance of being seen

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Tags: iatiUNpost 2015projectsOCDSdata revolutionopen dataglobal developmentopen development

This September, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon honored Kuwait for its role as a ‘humanitarian leader’ in the Arab world and beyond. This is just one example of the considerable attention - both positive and negative – that Arab countries have received recently for their aid efforts following the upheaval associated with the so-called Arab Spring.

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Tags: middle eastdonorsactorsarabDevelopmentaidOECDDACglobal southGCC

The voices that yell “aid is broken” are varied, and while you may or may not agree with that full statement, there is definitely room for improvement. As an example, a rather in-depth article on the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace dove into how a needed change is starting to take place in development to start bridging the gap between the promotion of accountability,

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Tags: broken dataopen dataglobal developmentproject pulseproject in focusBhutangreen powerAsian Development Bankdifferentdevsmart rulespolicy

Development professionals likely take into account a variety of information sources in order to make policy decisions. Some of this information is factual: statistics, maps, budget reports, or impact evaluations. Other information may be subjective: personal knowledge about individuals, anecdotal evidence, or media reports.

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Tags: MalawiallocationemotionDevelopmenteffectivenessreporting

Over the last year, AidData has been working to shed light on new and historical sources of foreign development data. In the fourth post of a 7-part series, we examine South-South Cooperation around Latin America in the SEGIB countries.

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Tags: SEGIBSouth South CooperationSSCaidDACOECDlatin americadefinitionsmethodologyobservacoopinstituto moradevelopment gateway


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