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USAID, NGOs to track foreign aid data with GIS

US: Every year, international aid donors allocate around $150 billion to support human and socio-economic development worldwide. However, as complex challenges arise, it has become a challenge to monitor and track development aid as it goes to sub-national levels making it difficult for the international development community and governments to determine how funds are used and whether they are achieving results.

As response to the international development community’s call for greater transparency in development assistance, AidData Centre for Development Policy was formed to improve the accessibility of aid information.

The newly established AidData Centre for Development Policy is a joint venture between the College of William & Mary, Development Gateway, Brigham Young University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Esri. The Centre’s work will initially be funded through a five-year $25 million cooperative agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“The centre will build a global network of geographers, health scientists, economists, political scientists, computer scientists, and statisticians who are committed to helping USAID and other development agencies reduce the cost and increase the impact of their aid programs,” said AidData Co-executive Director Brad Parks.

The Centre will make use of Esri’s ArcGIS technology to generate maps to track aid distribution and impact and to also allow users to have more holistic view of places or regions the USAID and other development agencies are working to develop.

Source: Future Gov