Each year, a lack of information about the actual outcomes of specific development activities prevents recipient communities from voicing concerns when development outputs differ from what donors intended. At AidData, we’re working on a new effort to extend our development finance database by adding the tools needed by citizens in recipient countries to augment donor-provided data with first-hand observations, photos, videos, news reports, and documents.
Each development project on the AidData portal currently has its own “project view” page where users can get information about the project. We are currently seeking to expand and extend our web portal to enable users to add content to an “enhanced project view” page. As users weigh in on individual projects, upload documents such as impact evaluations, add geographic information codes, add photos and videos, highlight news reports, and create links to other related projects and organizations, new channels for information will open. Not only will this dramatically increase the transparency of aid, but our goal in allowing development stakeholders to share such information with the world is to create a results-oriented feedback loop on project outputs and outcomes.
Please note that the users, comments and contributed content in this mockup are hypothetical examples, and are not representative of or endorsed by any agency or organization.