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

12 December, 00:00, Valhallavägen 199

December 12, 11:00-12.50, Hörsalen, Sida, Stockholm

This Lunch seminar will highlight 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 will be: 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?


10.30 – Registration, Lunch Salad and/or Wrap

11.00  – Introduction, Eva Lithman, member of the EBA

Ann-Sofie Isaksson, University of Gothenburg – Geodata and Geospatial analysis of aid – possibilities and limitations

Mohamed Osman, Abaaraha – A crisis mapping system for Somalia- short presentation of a project using geodata

Ariel Ben Yishay, Chief Economist at Aiddata, University of William and Mary –  Development progress from the bottom up

12.00 – Discussion, Sida, MFA, speakers and audience speakers

12.50 – Seminar ends


Please register at or by e-mail


Ariel Ben Yishay, Chief Economist at Aiddata, University of William and Mary

Ann-Sofie Isaksson, University of Gothenburg and Orebro University

Mohamed Osman,  Nomad Innovation Lab

Eva Lithman, EBA, Moderator

Carl Elmstam, Sida

Marie Haldorson, SCB

The report:

Geospatial analysis of aid: A new approach to aid evaluation, Ann-Sofie Isaksson (EBA 2017:09) available for download at:

The report by AidData:

Beyond the Tyranny of Averages: Development Progress from the Bottom Up. Aiddata, 2017, is also available for download at:

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