Providing a clearer view into how aid is used.By New York Law School
The Open Aid Register is a small organisation with huge potential and promise. Its aim is to create a single, open database of international aid and development projects, to allow much easier comparison of how projects perform.
One of the biggest obstacles to judging the effectiveness of aid is that much of the data provided by government and NGOs is not comparable. OpenAid addresses that by automatically translating project data into IATI – the global standard for publishing aid data.
More accurate, comprehensive and comparable data will allow funders, providers and recipients of aid, not to mention the general public, to understand more clearly what is currently being funded, how effective it is and where aid should be going in future.
A cloud based geospatial database, CartoDB, is being used to create an easy-to-use, interactive map to show where aid is being spent within countries.
Open Aid Register is a New York Law School project funded by the Fulbright Commission and the Government of Spain. The entire system runs on open source tools.
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Last updated: 09th of May, 2014