Author: Alexandra Noble

The Trouble with Data in International Aid Projects

Second in a series by Alexandra Noble (LBJ MGPS Student) covering her internship at InterAction. A major challenge of international development is the lack of data on what actually works. It is often hard to know the long-term benefits produced by aid projects, but data is changing that. Our conception of the trajectory and gains that have been made in the development field is becoming clearer with increasing amounts of data. (I highly recommend watching any of Hans Rosling’s talks for more information on this). Nonetheless, much of the data that exists is ultimately buried in long Excel spreadsheets that most people...

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Collaboration in International Development

First in a series by Alexandra Noble (LBJ MGPS Student) covering her internship at InterAction. One of the challenges of international development is the fragmented nature in which it takes place. Since it is difficult for international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) to communicate with one another on the ground, there is often duplication of projects and wasted resources. Organizations try to reinvent the wheel out in the field instead of learning from their colleagues or from other INGOs on best practices and effective development strategies. I find this issue fascinating and frustrating. Besides reading about it in classes at the LBJ School...

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