The AidData Center for Development Policy

USAID         AidData

The mission of the AidData Center for Development Policy is to create geospatial data and tools that enable USAID and the broader global development community to more effectively target, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate aid.

The Center will:

  • Geocode the universe of aid projects—that is, pinpoint the latitude and longitude coordinates of donor-funded activities—in 15 developing countries
  • Create powerful geospatial tools and technologies that enable USAID and the broader global development community to monitor the distribution and impact of overseas aid investments
  • Build a global brain trust—the AidData Research Consortium (ARC)—that consists of geographers, economists, epidemiologists, political scientists, computer scientists, and statisticians who use geospatial data to help USAID and other donor agencies make evidence-based policy and resource allocation decisions
  • Train governments in 15 partner countries to manage incoming aid flows, and equip students, faculty, and civil society organizations in the developing world to map and monitor the distribution and impact of aid in their own communities
  • Administer challenge grant competitions to incentivize scientific and technological breakthroughs that use geospatial data and tools to solve challenging development problems


Headquartered at William & Mary’s Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, the AidData Center for Development Policy will provide a physical space and intellectual community where leading experts in aid policy, practice, and research can come together to solve vexing global development problems with geospatial data and tools.

The AidData Center for Development Policy is an outgrowth of AidData, a partnership that began at William & Mary as a student-faculty research project in 2003 and is now a global leader in the provision of reliable, timely, and detailed information about foreign assistance projects. Today AidData, the largest public access database on project-level development in the world, tracks more than $5.5 trillion in development aid and more than one million development projects across the globe.

The Center is a joint venture between the College of William & Mary, Development Gateway, Brigham Young University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Esri, a GIS technology company.

If you are interested in taking up residence at the Center, participating in the ARC, or working with AidData faculty, staff and students, please contact us at info@aiddata.org