Lu Sevier is one of approximately 20 summer fellows and 120 students at AidData. She has trained and managed a team of 13 research assistants and interns who have geocoded 1,035 World Bank projects and around 4,500 projects in Afghanistan, Rwanda, Burundi, Colombia and Somalia for the Hewlett Foundation, the Department of Defense and the African Development Bank.
With one simple question and uncommon determination, Austin Strange '12 initiated a study that has challenged assumptions about China's development activities in Africa.
Ann Mei Chang, executive director of the United States Global Development Lab at USAID, praised AidData info for helping to better target development dollars.
They've been assigned to departments within USAID bureaus in Washington, D.C.
Despite the considerable time, money and effort expended by donors, international organizations, and NGOs to influence policy change in developing countries, there is a lack of understanding about how they can most effectively influence reform efforts on the ground. In a new report launched today, AidData draws upon the firsthand experiences and observations of nearly 6,750 policymakers and practitioners in 126 developing countries to answer these critical questions.
William & Mary students participate in crowdsource mapping to provide data to the relief effort underway following a devastating earthquake in Nepal.
Their experts will work with the University of Maryland's Center for International Development to measure the impact of foreign aid on intrastate conflict in seven countries.
According to scholars on both sides of the health aid debate, the debate is over. Those who declare that health aid works and those who maintain that health aid fails both claim consensus. Macro-level studies condemn health aid as minimally effective in the aggregate while praise for health aid’s benefits comes form project level analyses. AidData’s sub-nationally geocoded development data enable an important new approach to move the debate forward, one of analyzing aid distribution and impact within a country.
In June 2014, twenty-one student researchers from seven universities traveled to Nepal, Uganda, Timor-Leste, Senegal, and Mexico to serve as AidData Summer Fellows. This article details four fellows' experiences working with different local organizations- including universities, think tanks, government line ministries, and civil society groups- to equip them to leverage geocoded data to solve development challenges in their own communities, through program planning, advocacy, and research.
Sixty professionals from seven interest groups spent a weekend developing research agendas for the coming year.
Students from eight university labs, USAID staffers and international development leaders convened Nov. 16-18 to evaluate what they've done and where they're going.
AidData, a research and innovation lab that seeks to improve development outcomes by making development finance data more accessible and actionable, released the 3.0 version of its aiddata.org portal today during Global Transparency Week.
ITPIR and AidData host an open house at their new headquarters on Scotland Street. Guests are wowed with the volume, caliber of work being done.
Students Deploy to Nepal, Uganda, Timor-Leste, Senegal, Haiti and Mexico as AidData Summer Fellows.
An entry to an AidData map-off competition becomes a conflict map of bank energy and mining projects in Central Africa.
Members of W&M's Student Partnership for International Medical Aid team (SPIMA) and AidData teams spent a weekend in St. Louis with the former President and experts in five global initiatives.
AidData released a database April 29 that tracks China's financial commitment to development in Africa.
The Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), AidData's newest official partner, has developed a system for the World Bank that automates the geocoding of all Bank-financed projects and enables more efficient mapping of the projects for monitoring and evaluation.
Research center poised to transform the way foreign assistance is targeted, monitored and evaluated
AidData gets two mentions in Britain's Guardian newspaper within a month.