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International development is a complex global goal that faces massive coordination barriers.
The difference in income between rich and poor has expanded over the years from a 4-to-1 factor to 100-to-1. Where there once were only a handful of development agencies, thousands have now emerged.
The system that connects donor agencies, recipient countries and development challenges is extremely complex and should not be managed with a top-down approach.
The Aid Explorer was developed as a tool to facilitate better aid coordination. You can relate any aid organization or development issue with a country and determine whether the agencies with an interest in that particular country also have an interest in the issue. You can also rank organizations in terms of how well they match the priorities of the countries they work with.
There are 3 main components to the Aid Explorer:
We describe how we created our dataset and how to extract useful knowledge from it in the paper "The Structure and Dynamics of International Development Assistance," published on February 2013 in the Journal of Globalization and Development.
Special thanks to the developers of The Observatory of Economic Complexity for their assistance in the development of this tool. Graphic elements, layout and parts of the Django framework and of the visualizations are borrowed from The Observatory. Most of the credit for this work goes to their lead developer Alexander Simoes.