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Hacking into Canada's aid data

Accordig to an article published on Devex, Canada agreed two years to publish its aid data, but most development professionals lack the technological expertise to sift through the pile of information.

That’s why a team of computer programmers, software developers and international development experts met last weekend in Ottawa to work on applications to better analyze the data and thus improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Canadian foreign aid.

Devex spoke to Ian Froude, the organizer of Canada’s first-ever foreign aid “hackathon,” who hopes the event will help to bridge the gap between IT and international development expertise. He mentioned that more investment is needed so in the future development professionals won’t be intimidates by the sheer amount of information available and better understand what this tool can do for policy, programming and field work. Ian Froude rgued that "There is a lot of data out there, but I don’t think it is anywhere near what is yet to be published or released. It requires time, energy, political will, bureaucratic will, and the development of new and different internal processes and cultures to get us to a point where we will have comprehensive and timely data on aid programs. We are on a path to that but a [lot] more effort is needed."

Read more on Devex

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