The AidData Blog: The First Tranche

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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Tags: Surveyopen datacountry ownershipopen developmentAidDataaidtransparencydataMarketplace of Ideas for Policy ChangeUSAIDHESNfeedback loops

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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AidData continues its six-part podcast series to take you past the maps and dashboards on our website to the human stories at the heart of our research. In today’s episode, we look specifically at the current civil war in South Sudan and AidData research being funded by the Minerva Initiative aimed at illuminating the aid-conflict nexus. To listen to today’s episode,

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Tags: dataSudanSouth Sudantransparencyhumanitarian aidconflictinsurgencyopen developmentAfrica
Video of Open Data: A Journey of Discovery in Nepal (Long Version)

Open data has the potential to change lives.

Data can be used as a tool to enable governments, donors and other actors to allocate financial resources more effectively to improve development outcomes and end poverty. It can empower citizens to advocate for change, help ensure their needs are reflected in public policy,

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Despite the considerable time, money, and effort expended by donors, international organizations, and NGOs to influence policy change in low and middle income countries, there is a lack of understanding about how they can most effectively influence reform efforts on the ground.  In a new report launched today,

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Courtesy image: Amina Mohammed (center) addresses participants in the Post 2015 Data Test and National Implementation of the Post 2015 Agenda workshop in New York, NY on October 14, 2014. UN Foundation

Amina Mohammed recounted seeing sacks of paper - data points on Nigeria’s development progress or lack thereof - left forlornly on the floor with little chance of being seen

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Tags: iatiUNpost 2015projectsOCDSdata revolutionopen dataglobal developmentopen development

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