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Geo-coding aid: Know where you give

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19 August 2010 11:22

Aid transparency and accountability will never be the same again, now that it is possible to 'geo-code' aid. AidData, Development Gateway and the World Bank have collaborated to establish a way to pinpoint and track the geographic coordinates of the actual locations where aid activities are taking place (the World Bank has tracked its activities in Africa and Latin America thus far). This musically enhanced video will explain all:

Apparently, this is easy and quick to do. No doubt, donors will be scrambling to get on board, though countries that heavily tie their aid to their security concerns will likely lag behind. But with aid budgets and aid activity locations increasingly available online and in great detail, it won't be difficult for another organisation to do the geo-coding for them. More opinion on this technological breakthrough can be found here.

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