The AidData Blog: The First Tranche

Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General for Statistics South Africa, closed the inaugural UN World Data Forum by charging the audience to fill data gaps, saying: “We cannot achieve what we cannot measure."

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The data revolution has a blindspot — data graveyards. (That’s where unused data goes to die). Investors and producers of development data, including AidData, know surprisingly little about what barriers prevent decision-makers from using data and evidence in their work.

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"Leaving no one behind" — the animating theme of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — is just as relevant to the U.S. as it is to low- and middle-income countries. This is particularly apparent in Flint, Michigan,

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Achieving sustainable development for all will require a seismic shift in how we measure progress and allocate resources. AidData already tracks who is funding what, where, and to what effect. However, increasingly we must also monitor who is benefiting from sustainable development.

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Editor's Note: This article draws from our work on concessions and economic growth in Liberia. Please see our page on Natural Resources and Economic Growth in Liberia for more information.

Across large swaths of the developing world,

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The first Chinese-backed railway, Tazara Rail (pictured above), was funded in the 1970s. Now China has agreed to help Tanzania build a new 2,561km railway worth USD 7 billion that will run between the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam and the Great Lakes states of Rwanda and Burundi.

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