Development Gateway is proud to announce AidData’s launch of a new interactive database that tracks Chinese development finance flows to Africa from 2000 to 2011.
AidData, a partnership between the College of William and Mary, Development Gateway, and BYU, developed an innovative media-based data collection (MBDC) methodology, which has helped uncover more than 1,600 Chinese-financed projects amounting to over $75 billion in financial commitments.
The publication of this data should provide a stronger empirical foundation for analysis of the nature, distribution, and impact of China’s overseas development finance activities in Africa. As a start, the Center for Global Development released the related working paper China’s Development Finance to Africa: A Media-Based Approach to Data Collection yesterday afternoon in Washington, DC.
The Chinese Development Finance in Africa database makes it possible to filter, manipulate, and visualize the data, and provides tools that enable users to vet and help improve project-level data. Journalists, researchers, policymakers, development practitioners, and the general public can provide additional information about specific projects, such as media reports, documents, videos, and photographs, as well as suggest new projects not previously identified.
Representatives from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) will be attending the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from September 5-9 in Kigali, Rwanda to highlight two projects: the Visualizing Insights on African Agriculture (VIFAA) project and the Farmer-Centric Data Governance Models project.
In Episode 2 of "Data…for What?!," a podcast series from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) which explores our new strategic plan, Josh Powell met with experts from DG and IREX to discuss DG’s expansion into the education, media and disinformation, and youth sectors. The conversations explore the most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities for data and technology to positively impact these sectors and discuss how these trends are likely to play out in the years ahead. Based on these trends, the experts explain the unique fit for DG’s skills and specific opportunities for collaboration that align with the vision of DG’s partnership with IREX, which has a long and successful history working in each sector.
To help contextualize the new Strategic Plan, we are launching a podcast series called Data… for What?! This series consists of 5 episodes in Josh Powell and Vanessa Goas talk to DGers throughout the organization – as well as collaborators within our strategic partner, IREX - about how and why we prioritized the various elements of the new strategy. In this first episode, we talk to Kristin Lord, President and CEO of IREX about how our partnership fits into the Strategic Plan; and to Aleks Dardelli, Executive Vice President of IREX and Chair of DG’s Board of Directors, about the process of putting the Plan together at this opportune, yet precarious, global moment.