The AidData database was launched to the public last March 2010 in occasion of the Aid Transparency and Development Finance Conference held at University College in Oxford,U.K..
The project combines together the data and experiences of two former initiatives: the PLAID project, established in 2003, a joint partnership between the Brigham Young University and the College of William and Mary ( funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation) and the AIDA initiative created by the Development Gateway Foundation.
The database is one of the most comprehensive sources of information on development projects. It provides information on interventions yet implemented since 1970 or currently under implementation.
The usage of innovative technologies ranging from geocoding to crowd-sourcing and sector specific coding and visualization contributes to strengthen accountability of donor agencies and partner governments. AidData in collaboration with Uppsala University, has developed a comprehensive way to gather information on aid projects.Information on project locations is critical for determining whether aid is reaching areas of greatest need, as well as for avoiding duplication of effort within a country. Recent work includes the partnership with the World Bank Institute, where 1200 projects were geocoded using the AidData methods. further details on this initiative are available in a newer post