Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Geocoding, further step towards effective development finance

Institutions participating in the AidData project developed in collaboration with the World Bank a new service to gather more precise information on aid projects implemented worldwide. Through this new search option, users can not only find the details of a particular project or check the amount of resources allocated in a certain country in a specific field, but also locate the areas of intervention and measure with more accuracy effectiveness, results and ratio of projects.
The project involved for a period of 6 weeks, a team of 13 people who geo-referenced the documentation of  the 1,216 active World Bank projects, made publicly available through the Open Data Initiative archive.
 The complete list of maps is accessible on the Mapping for results page. Further details on this geo-coding project  are on the AidData blog The First Trance. The dataset used in this project was built using the ArcGIS API for Microsoft Silverlight/WPF and the ArcGIS Server technology from Esri (information found on the apps for development blog)

Map displaying the number of aid projects and
poverty conditions in Kenya's provinces

Another interesting project is the Haiti Aid Map initiative developed by InterAction, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center with funding from FedEx. The map provides detailed project-level information on the work being done by NGOs in Haiti.

Haiti Aid Map homepage

Geo-referencing for its capacities to ensure better information accessibility, coordination and accountability of donors and participation of recipient institutions is becoming a valuable knowledge organization tool to support the implementation of coherent policies for development.

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