Geocoding development finance, or mapping the precise locations of development finance activities at the sub-national level, makes it easier for governments, donors, and citizens to visualize precisely where funding is directed. AidData has worked with Uppsala University’s Conflict Data Program to develop a comprehensive geocoding methodology that is both rigorous and flexible enough to be applied to all development projects. The methodology is referenced in the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) data standard and can be downloaded for use by any organization at open.aiddata.org.
AidData hopes to eventually publish a geocoded dataset of all Chinese official finance projects to Africa from 2000 to 2011. For now, here's a sneak peak of some of the preliminary mapping work that we have done with geocoded Chinese project data.