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.