Success at Data Development Challenge ‘hack day’

Last weekend, Publish What You Fund and the Guardian hosted a ‘hack day’ as part of the Development Data Challenge. The event helped kick off hackdays around the world to interrogate – and explore the limits of – recently released aid and government...

Concerns over World Bank-Google collaboration

Yesterday Owen Barder, Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development, expressed concern regarding the openness of the Google-World Bank mapping project, pointing out that data used to create the maps should be available for anyone to access and use. Last...

US launches foreignassistance.gov

Today in DC, the US government launched the new Foreign Assistance Dashboard.  This new website, and particularly the data behind it, is an important first step to increase the timeliness, comparability and comprehensiveness of information on American foreign...

Geocoding aid data to address donor duplication

A great blog from AidData explains how geocoding information on aid can illuminate where donor duplication is happening. With a geographical view of resource allocation, it is possible to increase donor harmonisation, which can in turn make activities increasingly cost-effective.

To illustrate its value, Alena Stern and Josh Powell, research assistants at AidData, map the activities of the World Bank and African Development Bank in Kenya and Mozambique.