The AidData Blog: The First Tranche

UPDATE II (14 May 2010): Our developers have found and resolved the issue causing AidData to be unstable. Thanks for your patience.

UPDATE I (12 May 2010 @ 9:00am): Our update led to some instability on our server. If you are having trouble conducting searches or browsing the site, please check back later. We're working on the issue.

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Laura Seay over at Texas in Africa graciously invited Dan Nielson and I to write a guest post about how AidData can be used by practitioners and policymakers. She published our post earlier this week. We focused on how adding development finance data from emerging and non-traditional donors can dramatically change how researchers and policy makers view the development landscape some countri

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Tags: guest postsouth-south cooperationopen dataaid coordination

For those of you who want a hands-on introduction to our site, check out this new demo. In it you'll learn how to make use of the many features now available on AidData.org.  

As always, please send your feedback to info@aiddata.org

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In yesterday's New York Times Nicholas Kristof highlights an area of good news in the developing world: progress on the eradication of Guinea worm. I'll direct you to his article if you want a brief description of this terrible parasite, the effects it has on those who are infected, and how it spreads. It'll make you grateful for clean water, especially if you look at the photos.

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Tags: open datahealth
My colleagues here at William and Mary, Debra Shushan and Chris Marcoux, have used AidData in order to describe variation in the allocation of Arab aid over time. They have posted a short article on Foreign Policy’s “Middle East Channel” that draws from a longer working paper on Arab aid.

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As promised last week, we've just launched AidData 1.0.4. You may not immediately notice a lot of obvious changes to the website. The changes in 1.0.4 are mainly small bug fixes that users have emailed us about since we launched last month. As we finish up these small fixes, we'll start work on adding new features. Please submit ideas for new features in the comments.

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