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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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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In summer 2015, we posted a four part series highlighting AidData’s five-year partnership with the U.S. Global Development Lab. Now that work has commenced on the fourth year of our partnership through USAID's Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN),

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Students who presented at AidData’s Student Shark Tank Competition

With support from USAID’s Global Development Lab (GDL), AidData invested this summer in the next generation of development innovators by hosting the AidData “Shark Tank”,

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In 2002, then-President George W. Bush announced the need for “a new compact for global development, defined by new accountability for both rich and poor nations alike.” He planned to increase U.S. foreign assistance funding to establish the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA),

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Last fall, AidData and USAID's Global Development Lab made available up to US$2 million in funding for cutting edge research through a competitive solicitation process. We sought to find the best new ideas to use subnational development finance data to solve policy relevant research questions. The response was overwhelming:

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