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1. Introduction: The role of information in education
Today, 650 million children around the globe are at risk of being left behind as they fail to learn basic skills. Inequitable access to education is part of the problem, but even when children are in school, they may not be learning. In Uganda, for instance, barely half of grade 6 children read at a grade 2 level (Uwezo, 2016). In India, just one in four children enrolled in grade 5 can read a simple sentence or complete simple division problems (ASER Centre, 2017).
In spite of rising inequality within countries, policymakers often fall into the trap of evaluating progress from the top-down, rather than the bottom-up. Bilateral aid agencies and multilateral development banks tend to use national-level indicators (e.g., GDP per capita, child mortality rates) to select the countries and sectors where they will work. These national aggregates mask hotspots of deprivation within countries, which appear to be widening.
Daniel Strandow, Michael G. Findley, Joseph K. Young
July 20, 2016-- On Monday, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR), announced the provisional winners of its $85 million DREAMS innovation challenge to reduce HIV/AIDS rates among adolescent girls and women in sub-Saharan African countries.
Does information about foreign aid change how people view their own government?
Today marks an important milestone for AidData: we’re going public with our Data Management Plan (DMP). Why is this significant? It’s a public commitment from AidData to our users on what they can reasonably expect of us in terms of when and how we will collect, clean, standardize, and update data. The DMP allows users to ‘look under the hood’ of AidData’s data production processes to see what we do between the initial sourcing of data and final publication. We are committed to open data, and an important part of that commitment is being transparent about how we collect and produce data.
Measuring whether, when, how, and why individual development partners have influenced reform efforts in low- and middle-income countries is a challenge that has confounded scholars, practitioners, and policymakers for many decades. In a new report launched in October 2015, AidData draws upon the firsthand experiences and observations of nearly 6,750 policymakers and practitioners in 126 countries to answer these critical questions.
The international development community has made great strides over the past fifteen years to eradicate hunger by prioritizing nutrition-specific spending initiatives, as advocated by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 1990, before the MDGs were instituted, an estimated 12 million children under the age of five died across the globe — primarily because of malnutrition. By 2010, that number sharply declined to 7.6 million, and the prevalence of global childhood stunting fell by approximately 13%.
In the world of aid and development data, many organizations are striving towards the same goal: to use transparency and open data to make more efficient aid decisions and allocations. There are many suppliers of aid information - from data on aid and budgets to results. But how easy is to compare across these data sources to make meaningful development decisions? How might data suppliers work together to revolutionize development for the better?
2014 has seen the debut of a number of new and innovative tools for policymakers and scholars to use in their efforts to unlock the black box of financing for development. This June, InterAction - an alliance of 180 US non-governmental organizations in international development - launched one such tool, NGO Aid Map to visualize its members’ activities in developing countries.
A humanitarian crisis lurks in the seemingly peaceful palms of the world’s small-island developing states – an estimated 52 island nations will become uninhabitable due to rising sea levels within the next 100 years. Leaders attended the Third International Conference of the United Nations on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) last month, and are already preparing for the costly evacuation of these islands and rehabilitation of their populations.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Author: Rob Marty
Easterly opposed bed net distribution. [The World Bank] rejected Easterly's advice, and cut malaria sharply. Yes, debate's over. Aid works! —Jeffrey Sachs, 2014
The big aid debate that Sachs initiated is now really over… His idea that aid could achieve rapid development and the end of poverty was wrong, and it's time to move on. —William Easterly, 2013
Conventional wisdom tells us that seeing subnational aid and development data on a map should help decision makers more effectively allocate their investments to best reach those most in need. But we shouldn’t rely solely on conventional wisdom to guide our choices. AidData considers geospatial information a vitally important tool and we need to know whether maps really do produce better aid targeting.
Geographic information systems (GIS) are used in international development to layer information on who is funding what and where with data on development indicators such as poverty levels, presence of conflict, or population density. GIS is an extremely powerful tool that can be used in many disciplines to capture, analyze, and display geographically referenced information. Gender studies researchers are beginning to see the value of geospatial data, but what if we created a gender-specific data layer for wider use?
May 21, 2014 – KIGALI, RWANDA – Today, the African Development Bank (AfDB), in partnership with AidData, launched MapAfrica at its annual meetings in Kigali. The interactive online platform enables citizens, government officials and donors to view the geographic location of AfDB’s investments in development projects throughout Africa. AfDB has long been a leader in aid transparency and partnered early on with AidData to geocode AfDB’s portfolio of projects – applying precise location information to development activities.
In the aid community, the recent push has been towards management by measurement. There is a growing belief that a focus on measurable results — the number of vaccines delivered or mortality rates — is the best way to make aid function more effectively. Where it is possible to measure, this is true. However, most aid does not aim at targets that can be measured to this level of accuracy frequently enough for management by numbers to work. For most types of aid, the answer is not to manage.
AidData has a long history of working with donors such as the World Bank, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank and USAID (through the Higher Education Solutions Network) in collecting and visualizing granular information on who is funding what and where via aiddata.org. Governments and donors use this information to improve coordination, reduce duplication and maximize the impact of their investments. Citizens and civil society organizations rely upon this information to identify gaps and hold their governments accountable for results.
The Strauss Center's Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program released the new CCAPS conflict dashboard today, enabling analysts to assess high-level conflict trends and detailed event data simultaneously.
Bringing together mapping, trends analysis, and raw data, the CCAPS conflict dashboard provides a comprehensive view of emerging and historical conflict trends in Africa. Users can also analyze how these trends relate to a range of socioeconomic factors.
Rich Nielsen - Harvard University
Michael Findley, Daniel Nielsen, Zachary Davis - Brigham Young University
Tara Candland - Johns Hopkins University