HESN Partner William and Mary’s AidData Works to Improve Public Aid Data in Nepal

Staff from AidData, a Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) member, were recently hosted by The Government of Nepal (GoN) for a geocoding launch trip.

The GoN has been operating an Aid Management Platform (AMP) since 2010 with admirable results. AMP Nepal currently has information on nearly 700 development projects (both on- and off-budget) representing over $US 6 billion in disbursements, including over $1 billion in fiscal year 2012 alone. GoN officials use AMP for internal reporting, district-level aid analysis, and an annual public Development Cooperation Report, among other things. In 2012, with the support of AusAID, AidData geocoded over half of the AMP project portfolio. All remaining AMP projects will be geocoded in 2013 under the USAID HESN award.

Government, donors, and civil society are all eager for visualized information on aid activities. AidData staff are excited and confident that good development data, made public, will have significant impacts for the development community in Nepal and around the world.

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