The AidData Blog: The First Tranche

Editor’s Note: The following post is the first in The First Tranche’s “Aid and Conflict” focus series, and was compiled by First Tranche contributor Carolyn Iwicki. It is adapted from a recent AidData working paper — Foreign Aid and the Intensity of Violent Armed Conflict, by Daniel Strandow, Michael Findley,

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Outside actors frequently try to address the causes and consequences of civil conflict by offering aid to “one side” or to innocents caught in the middle. But the international community is still searching for answers to several fundamental questions: When does aid inflame conflict? When does it dampen conflict? Can aid tilt the scales in one direction or another?

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Editor’s Note: The following post was compiled by First Tranche contributor Carolyn Iwicki. It is adapted from an AidData working paper — Do Domestic Politics Shape U.S. Influence in the World Bank?, by Erasmus Kersting and Christopher Kilby — that investigates how domestic U.S. politics affect the American exertion of influence in international financial institutions,

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Does “ground game” — the strength of a development partner’s local presence and direct engagement with recipient government officials — affect how in-country decision makers assess the performance of development partners? AidData’s Listening to Leaders report provides a snapshot of the “ground game” of development partners,

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DEval, the German Institute for Development Evaluation, and AidData, a research lab at William & Mary, today released a groundbreaking study that evaluates the policy influence and performance of German aid agencies from the perspective of those receiving their advice and assistance.

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Denmark is one of only six countries in the world to achieve the UN's development assistance target of 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) to foreign aid, and it has been doing so continuously since 1978.

This financial assistance, though essential, is only part of the equation. How do Denmark’s development efforts measure up in other areas — such as the usefulness of its policy advice,

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