AidData Policy Report
In this joint report with the Brookings Institution, we analyze two new surveys on education leaders' use of data for decision-making.
Feb 19, 2018
Samantha Custer, Elizabeth M. King, Tamar Manuelyan Atinc, Lindsay Read, Tanya Sethi
AidData Working Paper
Two conditions must be present for information about politician performance to affect how voters reward or punish good or bad performers.
Nov 29, 2017
Claire Adida, Jessica Gottlieb, Eric Kramon, Gweneth McClendon
What 3500 leaders from 126 countries have to say about the types of data or analysis they use, from what sources, and for which purposes.
Nov 27, 2017
Takaaki Masaki, Samantha Custer, Agustina Eskenazi, Alena Stern, Rebecca Latourell
A methodology to estimate financing to the SDGs via a crosswalk with AidData activity codes and OECD CRS purpose codes.
Nov 05, 2017
Matthew DiLorenzo, Sid Ghose, Jennifer Turner
Tracking ODA to the SDGs/MDGs and surveying leaders, we assess how global goals crowd in financing and inform domestic priorities.
Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer, Jennifer Turner, Jacob Sims, Matthew DiLorenzo, Rebecca Latourell
Areas with a historical Christian missionary presence have a higher probability of receiving modern development projects.
Oct 25, 2017
Matteo Alpino, Eivind M. Hammersmark
Updated TUFF methodology that triangulates open-source information to systematically track official finance from opaque donors and lenders.
Oct 10, 2017
Austin M. Strange, Mengfan Cheng, Brooke Russell, Siddhartha Ghose, and Bradley Parks
Coder instructions to implement the TUFF methodology.
A new dataset of official financing from China is used to investigate how Chinese aid affects economic growth in recipient countries.
Oct 09, 2017
Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Bradley Parks, Austin M. Strange, Michael J. Tierney
Transparency leads to political incumbents allocating goods to communites with greater economic needs versus those of political support.
Sep 30, 2017
Ryan Jablonski, Brigitte Seim
Baseline survey findings from a rigorous impact assessment of USAID's participatory and responsive governance project.
Ariel Benyishay, Lisa Mueller, Phil Roesler
Relying on averages is worsening inequality within countries, as donors miss the mark and aid financing fails to reach the poorest regions.
Sep 27, 2017
Samantha Custer, Matthew DiLorenzo, Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Jessica Wells
A review of the advantages, disadvantages, and use cases of GIEs across countries, sectors, interventions, and development organizations.
Aug 31, 2017
Ariel BenYishay, Daniel Runfola, Rachel Trichler, Carrie Dolan, Seth Goodman, Bradley Parks, Jeffery Tanner, Silke Heuser, Geeta Batra, Anupam Anand
An overview of the small but growing literature on BRICS donors, who show considerable variation in their bilateral foreign aid activities.
Jul 31, 2017
Gerda Asmus, Andreas Fuchs, Angelika Müller
Do foreign aid flows impact local growth? Researchers find that aid flows cause higher growth and relocate economic activity across space.
Jun 30, 2017
Daniel Chris Khomba, Alex Trew
This collection of 111 country profiles showcases the distribution of development finance and the top development partners for each country.
Jun 29, 2017
Samantha Custer, Zachary Rice, Takaaki Masaki, Rebecca Latourell, Bradley Parks
Profiling where bilateral and multilateral donors allocate their finance, and how they are perceived by in-country stakeholders.
This document presents the methodology used to geocode the Afrobarometer database with post-hoc assessments of the quality of the data.
Jun 11, 2017
Ariel BenYishay, Renee Rotberg, Jessica Wells, Zhonghui Lv, Seth Goodman, Lidia Kovacevic, Dan Runfola
Governments cannot provide public goods effectively when they lack information about their delivery.
May 31, 2017
Mark T. Buntaine, Daniel L. Nielson, Jacob T. Skaggs
This codebook prescribes AidData’s method for geocoding aid data that is made available through a wide range of stakeholder sources.
AidData Research and Evaluation Unit
May 01, 2017
Bradley C. Parks, Takaaki Masaki
Introducing a new open-source methodology for collecting project-level development finance information.
Apr 30, 2017
Austin M. Strange, Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Bradley Parks, Michael J. Tierney
A team of researchers undertake what may be the first systematic attempt to study how DA affects infant mortality at the subnational level.
Andreas Kotsadam, Gudrun Østby, Siri Aas Rustad, Andreas Forø Tollefsen, Henrik Urdal
A flexible approach - geoSIMEX - can provide parameter and error estimates while adjusting for spatial imprecision.
Mar 31, 2017
Daniel Runfola, Robert Marty, Seth Goodman, Michael Lefew, Ariel BenYishay
From interviews with 200 leaders, we pinpoint barriers to data use and offer cross-cutting principles for demand-driven investments in data.
Samantha Custer and Tanya Sethi, Eds.
Findings indicate that governance aid is accompanied by reductions in the emigration rates of developing countries.
Mar 02, 2017
Jonas Gamso, Farhod Yuldashev
Analysis finds statistically significant positive and persistent effects of aid shocks on nighttime luminosity.
Mar 01, 2017
Andrea Civelli, Andrew Horowitz, Arilton Teixeira
The brief presents AidData’s pilot methodology for tracking financing to the SDGs and findings on three key sources of data for Colombia.
Feb 28, 2017
Bed net distribution results in large, statistically significant improvements in the approval levels of political leaders.
Results suggest that, in general, natural resource concessions improve local economic growth outcomes.
Jan 31, 2017
Jonas B. Bunte, Harsh Desai, Kanio Gbala, Brad Parks, Daniel Miller Runfola
Empirical results consistently indicate more widespread local corruption around active Chinese project sites
Dec 01, 2016
Ann-Sofie Isaksson and Andreas Kotsadam
Over 500 leaders shared their firsthand experiences in advancing reforms in their countries and the role of governance data.
Nov 30, 2016
Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer
Collected profiles of 28 governance assessments based on a 2016 GDA Snap Poll of over 500 leaders in 111 low and middle-income countries.
A pilot methodology to assess the inclusion of people with disabilities by international development cooperation organizations.
Valerie L. Karr, Jacob Sims, Callie Brusegaard, and Ashley Coates
Georeferenced project data is merged with a long series of high-resolution satellite data to identify project impacts on forest cover.
Ariel BenYishay, Bradley Parks, Daniel Runfola, Rachel Trichler
Receiving bilateral aid raises the chances of escalating from small conflict to armed conflict, but it not in truly peaceful countries.
Nov 01, 2016
Richard Bluhm, Martin Gassebner, Sarah Langlotz, Paul Schaudt
Development agencies can amplify their policy influence by entrusting their counterpart governments with aid management responsibilities.
Oct 31, 2016
Bradley C. Parks, Takaaki Masaki, Jörg Faust, Stefan Leiderer
This methodology describes the data collection and geo-referencing process for the Liberia Consessions Geocoded Research Release in detail.
Sep 30, 2016
Harsh Desai, Miranda Zhonghui Lv, Charles Perla, Brad Parks
Long-term partnerships and focussed investments amplify Denmark’s influence and improve favourability in the eyes of key counterparts.
Aug 31, 2016
Bradley Parks, Samantha Custer, Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Rebecca Latourell
This study evaluates the policy influence and performance of German agencies from the perspective of those receiving their advice.
Jul 31, 2016
Bradley Parks, Takaaki Masaki, Jörg Faust, Stefan Leiderer
When the threat of financial sanction is credible, Western donors have reduced the odds of repression in Africa’s post-Cold War autocracies.
Jul 01, 2016
Brett L. Carter
New evidence on the prospects and limits of technology-enabled transparency to improve governance worldwide.
Jun 30, 2016
Samantha Custer, Hanif Rahemtulla, Kai Kaiser
Reexamining four empirical studies of the World Bank, U.S. influence is driven by the years in which the U.S. government was divided.
Erasmus Kersting, Christopher Kilby
On net, beneficiaries received 26 percent more subsidy in villages targeted with an information program.
May 31, 2016
Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Jordan Kyle, Benjamin A. Olken, Sudarno Sumarto
The paper finds a strong association between the location of a larger number of Chinese aid projects and higher perceptions of corruption.
May 03, 2016
Gina Kelly, Samuel Brazys, Johan A. Elkink
Earmarked aid is associated with different donor- and recipient-level factors than traditional or ‘pure’ bilateral aid.
May 02, 2016
Vera Z. Eichenauer, Bernhard Reinsberg
Multiple measures of funding concentration are associated with increased military fatalities, but not with civilian fatalities.
May 01, 2016
Daniel Strandow, Michael G. Findley, Joseph K. Young
Members of parliament support government programs over foreign aid, whereas citizens prefer aid over government.
Apr 30, 2016
Michael G. Findley, Adam S. Harris, Helen V. Milner, Daniel Nielson
Satellite-based forest cover data and variation in timing is used to study whether formalization of land rights affects deforestation rates.
Mar 31, 2016
Ariel BenYishay, Silke Heuser, Daniel Runfola, Rachel Trichler
New evidence shows China does not pay substantially more attention to politics compared to Western donors.
Mar 21, 2016
Axel Dreher and Andreas Fuchs
Recipients who become more like donors get significant increases in aid; recipients already similar to donors get large decreases in aid.
Feb 29, 2016
Darren Hawkins, Jay Goodliffe
This report evaluates the use of governance data among policymakers and practitioners in 126 low- and middle- income countries.
Project impact on biodiverse areas is assessed using remote-sensed forest change data and in situ monitoring data on conservation outcomes.
Jan 31, 2016
Graeme M. Buchanan, Bradley C. Parks, Paul F. Donald, Brian F. O'Donnell, Daniel Runfola, John P. Swaddle, Lukasz Tracewski, Stuart H.M. Butchart
Findings suggest new donors might be perceived as an attractive option to which the World Bank reacts by offering less restrictive credits.
Dec 31, 2015
Health aid achieved an overall significant impact in reducing both disease severity and burden.
Dec 02, 2015
Tonny Odokonyero, Alex Ijjo, Robert Marty, Tony Muhumuza, Godfrey Owot Moses
Individuals living in counties that got aid exhibit higher probability to trust others with respect to those living in counties with no aid.
Dec 01, 2015
Alexandra D'Onofrio, Giuseppe Maggio
Information about U.S. aid slightly improves general perceptions of the U.S., and increases confidence in local authorities.
Nov 30, 2015
Simone Dietrich, Minhaj Mahmud, Matthew S. Winters
We draw upon the firsthand experiences and observations of nearly 6,750 policymakers and practitioners in 126 countries.
Sep 30, 2015
Results suggest Beijing’s motives may not be substantially different from those shaping the allocation of Western official finance.
This research summary explores methods and findings from AidData Working Paper 15, "Apples and Dragon Fruits."
TUFF is a systematic, replicable methodology for triangulating open-source information to track opaque donors and lenders.
Aug 31, 2015
Austin M. Strange, Bradley Parks, Charles Perla and Harsh Desai
We find that transparency has little impact on political attitudes, unless accompanied by either one of two conditions.
Darren Hawkins, Lucas Brook, Ian Hansen, Neal Hoopes, Taylor Rawson
Results suggest that aid is not being allocated effectively to alleviate extreme poverty.
Aug 01, 2015
Ryan C. Briggs
Ground-truthing generally reveals close agreement between open-source data and answers to protocol questions.
Jul 31, 2015
Edwin Muchapondwa, Daniel Nielson, Bradley Parks, Austin M. Strange, Michael J. Tierney
Humanitarian aid may be associated with increased rebel violence but less with state violence.
Jun 30, 2015
Reed M. Wood, Christopher Sullivan
No evidence for increased aid specialization after Paris Declaration; regional division of labor among donors may have deteriorated.
May 31, 2015
Peter Nunnenkamp, Albena Sotirova, Rainer Thiele
Significant correlations between aid and growth in second-level administrative regions, but no causal effects.
May 05, 2015
Axel Dreher, Steffen Lohmann
This research summary explores methods and findings from AidData Working Paper 9, "Aid and Growth at the Regional Level."
In contrast with the literature this study does not find a strong effect of aid on conflict.
May 04, 2015
Stijn van Weezel
Models indicate that the amount of nutrition sensitive and total nutrition ODA was significantly predicted by stunting prevalence
May 03, 2015
Scott B. Ickes, Rachel B. Trichler, Bradley C. Parks
Results suggest that a sub-national framework provides sufficient granularity for detecting impacts of foreign aid on poverty alleviation.
May 02, 2015
Rajlakshmi De, Charles Becker
Political elites distribute more donor projects to districts where opposition to the ruling party enjoys greater popularity
May 01, 2015
Aid-dependent countries are more likely to select targets that measure public sector organization rather than policy outcomes.
Apr 30, 2015
Benjamin P. Buch, Mark T. Buntaine, Bradley C. Parks
The influence of external assessments of government performance on the policymaking process in low- and middle-income countries.
Mar 31, 2015
Bradley Parks, Zachary Rice, Samantha Custer
More Chinese aid aid is allocated the birth regions of African leaders; Chinese aid is also found to increase economic growth.
Oct 31, 2014
Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Roland Hodler, Bradley C. Parks, Paul A. Raschky, Michael J. Tierney
Oct 01, 2014
Mark T. Buntaine, Stuart E. Hamilton, Marco Millones
Sep 30, 2014
Alex Thomas Ijjo, Isaac Shinyekwa
A study of Chinese aid to Africa reveals complicated effects.
May 31, 2014
Bradley C. Parks, Austin M. Strange
This document details the first pilot of what is now AidData's Tracking Underreported Financial Flows methodology.
Mar 31, 2013
Austin M. Strange, Brian O’Donnell, Daniel Gamboa, Bradley Parks
This codebook details how aid events available from AidData and other donor sources can be assigned latitude and longitude coordinates.
Dec 31, 2010
Daniel Strandow, Michael Findley, Daniel Nielson, Josh Powell