The AidData Blog: The First Tranche

Washington is abuzz with talk of how the Trump administration might try to reform U.S. foreign assistance programs (see here and here). If they want to find legislative allies and avoid inter-agency gridlock, focusing more internal resources on evaluation — in particular,

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Which development partners do leaders prefer to work with, and why? Do leaders in low- and middle-income countries perceive development partner priorities as aligned with their own? Are development partners effectively supporting progress towards the global goals and national priorities?

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In a new report launched last month with the Governance Data Alliance (GDA), AidData presented the results of a 2016 snap poll that asked 3,000+ public, private, and civil society leaders from 126 low- and middle-income countries to share their views on the use and usefulness of governance data in their work. Two insights rose above the rest:

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Leveraging machine learning algorithms to sift through terabytes of high-resolution satellite data, a new report by AidData and the Global Environment Facility has identified the factors that contribute to land degradation on a global scale.

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Despite the fact that most funders of overseas development projects are now signatories to major transparency initiatives like IATI and the Open Government Partnership, only two donors systematically publish standardized project performance ratings (see how the donors fared, below).

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Can the US government improve the local ownership of its foreign aid programs by adopting more of the practices that its partner countries regard as useful? AidData and the Center for Global Development recently teamed up to answer this question, drawing on data from AidData’s 2014 Reform Efforts Survey.

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