The AidData Blog: The First Tranche

In the aid community, the recent push has been towards management by measurement. There is a growing belief that a focus on measurable results — the number of vaccines delivered or mortality rates — is the best way to make aid function more effectively. Where it is possible to measure, this is true. However,

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Tags: foreign aidresearchevaluationmeasurement

This week, representatives of governments, donors and civil society organizations met in Mexico City to review progress towards “more effective development cooperation.” I’ve been following such discussions since I attended the IATI steering committee meeting as an observer,

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Tags: iatiMexico CityGPEDCGlobal Partnership for Effective Development CooperationBusan High Level Forumofficial development assistanceexport creditsOECDODADAC

The original version of this post appears on Storify here

Feedback initiatives seek to amplify citizen voices in shaping development priorities, monitoring progress and evaluating results. How does this intersect with other elements of democracy, such as parliamentarians elected to represent their constituencies?

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Tags: World BankSpring Meetingscitizen feedbackClosing Feedback Loopsopen government partnershipopen data

I stumbled upon a fascinating post about birth certificates in Kenya last week. According to Brett Keller’s post, since many Kenyans don’t have a birth certificate and might not be aware of the exact date they were born, the 2009 census provided a list (pg.

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Tags: data revolutionKenyaWorld BankThe DATA ActUnited States Congress

“We read [about aid] in the newspaper, but we want to see what is really happening,” explained Dr. Sagar Sharma, Kathmandu University Associate Dean of the School of the Arts, at an Open Data Working Group in Kathmandu, Nepal earlier this year. In other words – how can citizens understand what foreign aid is doing in Nepal?

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Tags: open dataNepalKathmanduKathmandu Universitydata revolutioncitizen feedbackWorld Bank

AidData has a long history of working with donors such as the World Bank African Development Bank Asian Development Bank and USAID (through the Higher Education Solutions Network) in collecting and visualizing granular information on who is funding what and where via aiddata.org.

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Tags: Open Aid PartnershipWorld BankUSAIDHESNAsian Development BankAfrican Development Bank

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