This post complements the First Tranche year-end posts about what to look forward to in year four of the AidData HESN award, delving deeper into the questions of country-level data use. Every day, governments, development partners, and civil society leaders …

Closing the Evidence Gap Read more »

Students who presented at AidData’s Student Shark Tank Competition With support from USAID’s Global Development Lab (GDL), AidData invested this summer in the next generation of development innovators by hosting the AidData “Shark Tank”, a research competition for students from …

Introducing the Next Generation of Development Innovators: AidData’s Student Shark Tank Makes a Splash Read more »

When we originally drafted our proposal for our partnership with USAID in 2012, we had a very simple vision: take our successful geocoding pilot in Malawi and rapidly diffuse the technology to the 15 partner governments in Africa, Asia and …

Achieving a ‘New Normal’: Mapping the Future of the AidData and U.S. Global Development Lab Partnership Read more »

Accessibility is one of the key attributes of ‘open’ data. With this in mind, AidData is excited to announce several improvements to our upcoming geocoded datasets that will lower barriers to entry for end users who want to see who …

Making Geocoded Data More Accessible: Introducing Level 1A Read more »

Today is day one of the Financing for Development conference where by the end we should see if globally the funds will be proffered to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality. Key IFIs are pre-gaming by announcing plans to extend more than …

This Week: Looking Back Before You Leap Read more »

When we originally drafted our proposal for our partnership with USAID in 2012, we had a very simple vision: take our successful geocoding pilot in Malawi and rapidly diffuse the technology to the 15 partner governments in Africa, Asia and …

Achieving a “New Normal”: Mapping the Future of the AidData and U.S. Global Development Lab Partnership Read more »

In the previous entry of this series, we introduced a new set of innovations that leverage hyperlocal data. However, even with the most disruptive innovations, it is difficult to effect large-scale change without an enabling ecosystem of capable users and …

AidData/USAID GDL Series 3: Strengthening the “Demand Side” of Data Read more »

Today, AidData launches the first of a six-part podcast series to take you past the maps and dashboards on our website to the human stories at the heart of our research. Today’s episode is on the data response to the …

“Why Should We Wait?”: Mapping for the Next Disaster Read more »

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In the past ‘research’ was sometimes seen as a dirty word in the development sector, with the belief that any amount of money raised should be spent directly on practical aid projects. The issue with this, of course, is that some …

Research – a dirty word in development circles? Read more »