The AidData Blog: The First Tranche

Does foreign aid undermine political institutions?

Many scholars, including the recent Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton, would tend to agree. While Deaton qualifies this view as being applicable to countries that receive very large inflows of foreign aid relative to their government budgets, the basic argument goes something like this: When a country receives foreign aid,

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Join AidData for a webinar discussing our latest report, Listening to Leaders: Which Development Partners Do They Prefer and Why?, on Thursday, November 19th from 10:00 AM EST to 11:00 AM EST.

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Today marks an important milestone for AidData: we’re going public with our Data Management Plan (DMP). Why is this significant? It’s a public commitment from AidData to our users on what they can reasonably expect of us in terms of when and how we will collect, clean, standardize, and update data.

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Last week, we released AidData’s Listening to Leaders report which sought to a answer the question: which development partners do leaders in low- and middle-income countries prefer and why? The report has already attracted far more attention than we expected. It is stirring discussion, debate,

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Foreign aid donors are quick to assess the performance of other countries and dispense policy advice, but how well do these “development partners” stack up when rated by leaders in the countries they are trying to help? According to new research released today by AidData, multilaterals like the World Bank do well, the big bilaterals not as well, while the emerging donors lag behind.

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To engage in social science research is to contend with imperfect information, uncertainty and human error on occasion. Conducting research on international development finance is no exception; even the data that donor institutions themselves vet and publish contain errors, biases, and inconsistencies.

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Tags: Tracking Under-Reported Financial FlowsTUFFChinaTracking Chinese Development Finance to AfricaChina in AfricaAidDatadatasetopen data


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