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A New Tool to Help Funders Coordinate and Grow Early Childhood Investments in East Africa

Coordinating investments is a challenge all funders face. How do we avoid duplicating investments in some areas while other areas are overlooked and underfunded? How do we identify potential synergies and opportunities to collaborate with others who have similar interests, and align our investments to be more impactful? These questions arise frequently for my colleagues and me at Bernard van Leer Foundation. As the range of actors investing in early childhood development (ECD) in East Africa grows, so does the challenge of understanding who is investing in what, and where. 

How Good is the Data on NGO Aid Map?

Balancing the tension between providing enough, timely or high quality data is tricky – it’s often hard to do all of those things at once. Still, if data is not good enough it can’t be used, rendering transparency meaningless.

Before getting into what NGO Aid Map is doing to improve data quality, it’s worth revisiting what we mean by that. When we wrote about this topic last year, our definition of data quality had three dimensions:

NGO Aid Transparency and Data: So What?

Are NGOs serious about transparency? How can NGOs be more transparent? Why does it matter? Better quality data leads to more usable data and greater transparency.  That’s why in 2015 InterAction launched the Data Quality Award – a competition that encourages NGOs to share even more information on their projects around the world on NGO Aid Map. InterAction is hosting an event to highlight the award winner, and we want this occasion to go beyond just an award ceremony.


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