Development progress from the bottom up? Improving knowledge of Swedish aid with geo coded data

12 December, 11:00 – 12:50, Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm

This seminar highlights and discuss opportunities and limitations in geocoded aid data as a resource for Swedish development cooperation and Sweden’s partner countries.

The starting point is a recent EBA-report by Ann-Sofie Isaksson and her recommendation that Swedish aid data should be geocoded. She argues that geocoded data can strengthen compliance with the Swedish “Transparency guarantee”, communication with the public and also partners in development cooperation, and be used for impact evaluation, analysis and planning. Geo referenced data can also be a public good for students and researchers.

Questions discussed during the seminar: Why geo referenced data? What is the potential for Swedish aid, Sweden’s partner countries and partners? How to geocode aid data? Can geo referenced aid data help improve Openaid, transparency, evaluation and planning in Swedish development cooperation? Can geo coded aid data strengthen or negatively affect the ownership of aid from partner countries?

PROGRAMME

11.00 Introduction
Eva Lithman, EBA

Geodata and Geospatial Analysis of Aid – possibilities and limitations
Ann-Sofie Isaksson, University of Gothenburg

A Crisis Mapping System for Somalia
Mohamed Osman,  Nomad Innovation Lab

Development Progress from the Bottom Up
Ariel Ben Yishay, Chief Economist at Aiddata, University of William and Mary 

12.00 Discussion
Ann-Sofie Isaksson, University of Gothenburg and Orebro University
Ariel Ben Yishay, Chief Economist at Aiddata, University of William and Mary
Mohamed Osman,  Nomad Innovation Lab
Carl Elmstam, Sida
Marie Haldorson, SCB

Moderator: Eva Lithman, EBA