Thursday, January 20, 2011


. Thursday, January 20, 2011

There's a new data set that may be of interest to development-minded folks:

Do you want to know how much the U.S. invested in education in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2009? The Foreign Assistance Dashboard makes it easy to see and compare investments across sectors and countries at a glance. Civic-minded developers and researchers can download any and all of the Dashboard’s data in a machine-readable format to mash, visualize, and analyze U.S. budget data in new ways.

Today’s launch of the Foreign Assistance Dashboard is but a starting point for greater U.S. aid transparency. In the months to come, the Dashboard will grow beyond State and USAID to include data from all Federal agencies that provide foreign assistance. In addition, more granular and timely data will enable users to drill down to the details of specific projects and track trends. With time, the Dashboard will illuminate not only dollars spent but also the impact of our investments. Ultimately, government-wide collection of featured high-value data will be institutionalized through guidance from the Office of Management and Budget.


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