AidData is a partnership between the College of William and Mary, Brigham Young University, and Development Gateway that seeks to make aid information more accessible and usable to policymakers, civil
society organizations, journalists, and researchers; and to create tools that enable users to more effectively target, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate aid.
Since its founding in 2003, AidData has established itself as a global leader in the provision of reliable, timely, and detailed information about foreign assistance projects. Through its current 5-year partnership with USAID under the Higher Education Solutions Network, AidData has established the AidData Center for Development Policy, bringing together the implementing coalition of the College of William and Mary, Brigham Young University, Development Gateway, the University of Texas at Austin, and Esri.
This partnership has etablished the AidData Summer Fellowship, which intends to forge a strong partnership with Kathmandu University by hosting two summer fellows at Kathmandu University's Department of Development Studies. For the summer of 2013, the fellows will teach AidData's geocoding and data analysis methodology. With the help of an AidData GIS Professional, the fellows will teach the Kathmandu University community how to use data to create effective visualizations.
The fellowship aims to increase the capacity of Kathmandu University Faculty and student to successfully use geocoded aid information, incorporate geospatial analysis skills into the Kathmandu University Masters of Development Studies curriculum, and provide the geospatial trainings needed to apply geocoding and data visualization skills.