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.

World Bank, AidData and Development Gateway geocode aid projects

Researchers from the World Bank, Development Gateway and AidData have just geocoded the Bank’s African and Latin American aid projects. That is, they have added subnational geographical information to plot exactly where aid activities are taking place in each country. Watch this video by AidData which brilliantly explains what geocoding means and why it is so important.

Haiti Aid Map launched by InterAction

Interaction have just launched ‘Haiti Aid Map’, a prototype website developed by InterAction which maps 1045 relief and development projects operated by a total of 47 organizations in Haiti. It allows users to visualise NGO activities happening on the ground in near real time. The data can be filtered by commune, "cluster" (the issue area a program focuses on), or the organization operating the project.