In May 2014, AidData and the African Development Bank (AfDB) launched MapAfrica, an online platform enabling citizens, governments and donors to view the locations of AfDB's investments in development projects throughout Africa. The interactive platform also features information on project results and stories from beneficiaries. MapAfrica and other data portals on aid and development are expanding opportunities for more people to provide feedback on development investments and engage in dialogue about future priorities. The platform was developed in collaboration with Esri, a leading GIS company and a longtime partner of AidData.
AidData and the African Development Bank
The African Development Bank partnered early on with AidData to geocode AfDB’s portfolio of projects – applying precise location information to development activities. AfDB and AidData are building upon these earlier geocoding efforts by matching investments with results data and beneficiary stories, allowing citizens and other users to more easily see not only what AfDB is doing and where, but also the impact of those activities. MapAfrica gives citizens and professionals the information they need in an intuitive format so they can participate in the development process and improve its effectiveness.
The MapAfrica platform offers new and innovative ways for users to view development projects and improve the targeting, coordination and evaluation of aid. With MapAfrica, citizens can drill down to a country, district or city level. Citizens, NGOs and policymakers can access hyper-local information about projects that are relevant to them and view results information. MapAfrica contains more than 6,000 geocoded project locations and users can filter those project locations by country, sector and year. Data layers in the MapAfrica platform, such as GDP per capita and subnational poverty rates, can be layered to allow users to view indicators of interest alongside project implementation locations.