Leveraging Open Data To Advance Global Development

Posted by Alana Marsili
August 25, 2014
An Individual Uses a Smart Phone

USAID’s commitment to development innovation by leveraging data extends throughout the history of the Agency. However, this has become more recognizable with the introduction of new technologies. You can now access Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC) documents and a map of USAID’s global development work as iPhone applications.

The U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants, Obligations and Loan Authorizations or “Greenbook” is one of the most accessed Agency datasets available to the public.

From efforts to facilitate humanitarian aid to Kathmandu, Nepal; to crowdsourcing the locations of USAID loan data, USAID and its partners are leveraging open data to advance global development.

We have spent the past year developing governance, policy, and technological approaches to open its data for public use and continues to expand and enrich its Open Data Listing.

So, how are you using USAID data?  Whether it’s for a school project, non-profit assistance, research, or private enterprise, we want to hear from you!

USAID is increasing community engagement for open data to inform best data practices and ensure that we are meeting the demands of our data users. Whether we can improve your user experience or provide the community with data that supports new tools and technology, we are committed to the digital revolution and we want you to be a part of it.

Please fill out our short questionnaire or contact us at opendata@usaid.gov. We look forward to hearing how you are using USAID data and how USAID’s open data efforts can better serve you.

About the Author: Alana Marsili is a Management and Program Analyst in the Performance Division of the Bureau for Management’s Office of Management Policy, Budget, and Performance.

Editor's Note: This entry also appears on USAID's ImpactBlog.

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