Get the Inside Scoop on AidData 3.0: Launch Event Highlights and Audio Now Available!

Did you miss the October 29th launch of AidData's upgraded development finance data portal at aiddata.org? Now is your chance to catch up on what you missed!

Over 125 people from research institutions, civil society organizations, and government agencies
attended the AidData 3.0 launch to learn about the platform and how they can start using it.

Held at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C., the AidData launch event featured talks from the Brookings Institution's Homi Kharas, USAID's Alex Dehgan, as well as AidData Co-Executive Directors Brad Parks and Nancy McGuire Choi. AidData 3.0 Project Manager Christian Peratsakis, AidData Research Consortium member Carrie Dolan, and Ushahidi founder Rob Baker gave lightning talks explaining how the new platform's GIS, dashboard and API capabilities enable users to gain better insights about the development questions they are interested in.  To listen to the audio file of the launch event, click here. See below for a few highlights from the event. 

Jean-Louis Sarbib, CEO of Development Gateway, spoke to the vision of 
AidData to make development finance more accessible and actionable for everyone.   

"We hope, in this week of transparency, that AidData...will really be one of the poster children of the open data and transparency movement. AidData is not simply a database. It has become much more of a research and innovation lab with the objectives of making the information accessible and understandable by a wide variety of people, not only aid professionals and researchers, but also students and more importantly in the end, citizens." 

Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow and Director of the Brookings Global Economy and Development,
Development Assistance and Governance Initiative articulated
several benefits of making granular development data more transparent. 

"Platforms like [AidData 3.0] can empower governments, they can improve donor coordination, they can add to transparency and the whole discourse with civil society, and they can help us build knowledge. All of those four things are likely to be key drivers of development effectiveness of achieving results."

Dr. Alex Dehgan, Adviser to the Administrator and Director of the Office of Science and Technology
 explained why USAID is investing in open geospatial data to inform real-time decision-making.

"In Nepal alone, [AidData] geocoded 25,000 different locations, 600 donor-funded projects from 32 different donors. That's incredibly powerful. Once we start adding remittances and foundations and private investments into this number, that gives countries the power to address their own problems, and that ultimately should be the goal of what we are trying to do in development."

"We tend to talk about success stories, but it is equally important to understand where we are not successful. Having transparency, which this administration and President [Obama] has been very devoted to, allows us to do that. It allows us to take that information and shift it. We need to bring it to our implementers, we need to bring it into where we have real time information to do what we need to do. We are really proud to be a part of and in support of the AidData Consortium, and we couldn't imagine a greater partnership that we've had in our efforts."

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