The AidData Blog: The First Tranche

Local politicians and bureaucrats in low- and middle-income countries play a crucial role in the distribution of aid dollars, acting as gatekeepers in determining which constituents receive aid, and to what degree that assistance is effective. In Ghana for example, district governments spend about 80 percent of their budgets on development projects, including schools, health clinics, etc.

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Tags: RFAUSAIDGhanaHESNgeocodinggeospatial analysis

China’s economic growth depends on its ability to secure natural resources. Many are found in environmentally-sensitive areas, which are rich in biodiversity, vulnerable populations, and sources of freshwater - and Chinese development projects. China is using these projects as a way to secure access to the resources it needs. But,

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Tags: TUFFchinese developmentglobal developmentmacarthur foundationbiological conservationgeocodingGIEenvironmental data

Former USAID Administrator Dr. Raj Shah has argued that “open data has the potential to not only improve transparency and coordination, but also dramatically accelerate progress in [international] development.” Indeed,

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Tags: HESNAidDatageocodingdataopen dataUSAIDICT4Dglobal developmentforeign assistancedata revolution

In summer 2015, we posted a four part series highlighting AidData’s five-year partnership with USAID’s Global Development Lab. Now that work has commenced on the fourth year of our partnership with the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), we’re sharing some highlights of the latest accomplishments and previewing what is to come.

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Tags: Global Development LabAidDataUSAIDsummer fellowsgeocodingAidData Research ConsortiumHESNHigher Education Solutions Network

Map visualization of development finance to Uganda from 1978 to 2014 as reported into Uganda’s Aid Management Platform and available as a downloadable dataset via aiddata.org

Last week, we announced the arrival of AidData’s Level 1A data product which includes several improvements that make our geocoded datasets easier to use than ever before. This week,

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Tags: datageocodinglevel 1AgeospatialmapsArcGISGISdatasetAidDatatutorial

Accessibility is one of the key attributes of ‘open’ data. With this in mind, AidData is excited to announce several improvements to our upcoming geocoded datasets that will lower barriers to entry for end users who want to see who is funding what and where they are siting their investments. Collectively, we refer to this suite of improvements as a “Level 1A” data product.

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Tags: AidDatadataEsriArcGISgeocodingdatasetopen dataAMP

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