The AidData Blog: The First Tranche

Last week, an ISIS-supported suicide bomber killed eight people when his car exploded outside of the presidential palace in Aden, Yemen. This is just one of countless attacks that have been carried out by the Islamic State and Al Qaeda in Yemen since the 2011 launch of the Yemeni revolution.

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As the ongoing debate continues over whether financial assistance is an effective way to improve development outcomes, the politicization of aid is one factor that some scholars suggest makes it harder for aid to reach the places where there is the most need or opportunity.

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When we originally drafted our proposal for our partnership with USAID in 2012, we had a very simple vision: take our successful geocoding pilot in Malawi and rapidly diffuse the technology to the 15 partner governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America where we had a field presence.

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In 2006, AidData’s Co-Executive Director, Nancy McGuire Choi, was in Haiti at a meeting with an Economic Adviser to then President Preval. She remembers vividly how the President’s adviser articulated with great emotion some of the challenges facing the government of Haiti’s line ministries.

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There have been many “grand challenges” for development made, and fewer met. Ken Banks challenges development institutions themselves in his post “Is ‘Fixing Development’ the Real Grand Challenge for Global Development?”  Whether it will be met is yet to be seen, and would require some sincere self-analysis by many key players. 

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International development is about influencing change. Government officials mobilize political will and seek to create an enabling environment for reforms and reform champions. Donors provide money and ideas to encourage changes in development policy and practice. Civil society activists agitate for better policies and public services.

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