In The News

A compendium of resources cited

We believe that positive change results from putting high quality data and rigorous analysis into the public square. The media plays an indispensable role in connecting data and evidence with policymakers and their constituencies, but limited column inches and shrinking attention spans make it difficult to incorporate the full slate of information resources that underpins a story, which is why we've launched this page – to allow readers to dig deeper into underlying AidData resources cited by mainstream media.

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The Economist - June 8, 2016

In Misplaced charity, published on June 11, 2016, The Economist drew upon AidData's 3.0 Core Research Release to show that aid is becoming more fragmented over time and that this global trend is making it more challenging for developing countries to manage incoming flows. The findings from two recent AidData working papers, Putting Money to Mouths: Rewarding and Punishing Human Rights Behaviors, and Aid on Demand: African Leaders and the Geography of China's Foreign Assistance, are also summarized in this article. AidData's Executive Director, Brad Parks, who was interviewed on background is also quoted in the story. 

Read the full "Misplaced Charity" article on The Economist's website.


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The Economist - April 16, 2016

On April 16, 2016, The Economist published two articles on China's efforts to use development assistance as a foreign policy tool.  The article, A despot's guide to foreign aid, cites the AidData working paper, Apples and Dragon Fruits: The Determinants of Aid and Other Forms of State Financing from China to Africa.  In the article, Diplomacy and aid in Africa, an interactive widget built by The Economist data team cites AidData, juxtaposing our dataset of Chinese official development assistance to 50+ African countries with how countries align their votes with China in the UN General Assembly.  The analysis shows that the more aid a country receives from China, the more likely its votes align with China.

Read the full "A Despot's Guide to Foreign Aid" article on The Economist's website.
See the "Diplomacy and Aid in Africa" data visualization tool on The Economist's website.

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Financial Times - October 28, 2015

In the article,  China's aid splurge fails to bridge credibility gap in Africa, published on October 28, 2015, the Financial Times's Shawn Donnan discusses where Chinese development assistance actors ranked in comparison to "traditional" donors in AidData's Listening to Leaders: Which Development Partners Do They Prefer and Why? report. The story draws upon AidData's tracking of Chinese development finance activity in Africa. AidData's Executive Director, Brad Parks, who was interviewed on background, is also quoted in the story. 

Read the full article on the Financial Times website (website gated).



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The Washington Post - October 27, 2015

In the article, Sometimes it's not enough to give countries lots of aid, published on October 27, 2015, The Washington Post's Adam Taylor reviewed the major findings of AidData's report, Listening to Leaders: Which Development Partners Do They Prefer and Why?  This report is based on our survey of 6,750 policymakers and practicitioners in 126 countries. Included in the article is a value for money index ranking donors' influence on the policy priorities fo their developing country counterparts after accounting for different levels of aid spending. AidData's Executive Director, Brad Parks, who was interviewed on background is also quoted in the story. 

Read the full article on The Washington Post website.

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Foreign Affairs - October 15, 2015

In China is not a Rogue Donor, published on October 15, 2015, Foreign Affairs incorporated AidData's dataset on Chinese Official Finance to Africa into two interactive infographics (built by Studio Metric) contrasting the composition of Chinese aid to Africa versus OECD counterparts. The article also draws from and cites an AidData working paper by Dreher et al, Apples and Dragon Fruits: The Determinants of Aid and Other Forms of State Financing from China to Africa.

Read the full China Is Not a Rogue Donor article on the Foreign Affairs website.

 

 

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