Chinese Aid – Competition or Colonialism?

China has repeatedly come under fire for its aid and development practices. “Negative impact”, “roll[ing] back transparency” and “unsustainable debt” are some of the terms used to describe Chinese foreign assistance by Jim Richardson, coordinator of...

Visualising Budget Data on IATI – Working on a Solution

Almost  twelve months ago I wrote about how people could use IATI organisation file data to find past, present and future donor budgets, alongside a library of linked strategic documents that help put the data in context. The problem? Despite the data being published...

US foreign assistance – putting the data to work

As some of you might know, we’re working on an exciting new project about US foreign assistance. The first thing we’ve been doing is putting the data to work. Using USAID’s Foreign Aid Explorer, we have identified their top 50 countries by spend and...

The organisation file: A veritable treasure trove!

How do I answer basic aid flow questions? Which donor is providing aid to a country and what is the future projection of that aid? More importantly, how does one put that aid data into the country context? Like me, many data users start with the OECD-DAC CRS data,...

Locating the geodata – an IATI experiment

This blog post was written by James Coe of Publish What You Fund and Nick Hamlin from Global Giving as part of the Initiative for Open Ag Funding. It was initially published on InterAction’s website here.    Using Project Documents to Simplify Location Data...

More than Digits: Why location data matters

“A few million dollars is just a drop in the ocean,” said Muchiri Nyaggah, Executive Director of Kenyan think-tank Local Development Research Institute (LDRI), “but if you know exactly where and how it is needed then you can really achieve something.” Muchiri and I...