The AidData Blog: The First Tranche

Last week, Renard Sexton over at FiveThirtyEight analyzed the recent constitutional referendum adopted in the wake of severe ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan. Examining provincial election returns and demographics, he shows that the Uzbek minority was highly underrepresented, possibly sowing seeds for more strife.

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Tags: iatigeo-referencingaid coordination

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As the Deepwater Horizon spill continues in the Gulf of Mexico, attention has dramatically shifted to look at the direct environmental cost of drilling for oil all around the world. The fact is that oil spills happen more often than governments or oil companies would like to admit, and often there is no one to take responsibility—especially if US coastlines are out of range.

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Tags: open dataaid coordinationenvironment

This week in the China Round-Up: 

China delivers 20 tons of humanitarian assistance to Osh as the crisis in Kyrgyzstan continues to unfold. The Bangladeshi foreign minister expects a commitment of $40 million RMB in grant assistance during the visit of Chinese vice president Xi Jinping The Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence reports that China offers

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Tags: south-south cooperation
Here at AidData, we're constantly pursuing new sources of data on emerging and non-traditional donors outside the OECD-DAC. Obviously, one of the most important new players in international development is China. As we mentioned a couple weeks ago, Chinese aid has important ramifications for donors and recipient countries alike.

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Tags: behind the curtainsouth-south cooperationopen data

This morning I went to a very interesting panel on how we can improve aid to developing countries. The fourth in a series by Oxfam America on fostering ownership in development, the panel was hosted by Foreign Policy's Josh Rogan and featured representatives from Oxfam, the Liberian government, and civil society.

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Tags: south-south cooperation

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