Waylaid Dialectic

January 11, 2020

We to find useful NZ aid information

Filed under: Random Musings — terence @ 8:52 am

If you were a conspiracy theorist, you’d think aid agencies made just enough information available to plead transparency when someone complained, but never enough information to actually allow anyone to find anything useful.

I’m not a conspiracy theorist of course, but I do get frustrated by long battles with awful websites. So here a few useful links for myself:

1. As of 11/1/2020, New Zealand’s country-level aid budget is here.

2. Links to NZ’s IATI data on the MFAT website are here. The metadata pdf is helpful too.

3. Links to evaluations can be found in the right-side menu here. 2018 evaluations are here. The PNG renewable energy evaluation (highlight Enga) is here.

Seeing as I mentioned IATI, am I the only person on earth who thinks making aid data available in XML (the IATI standard) is about as useful as sealing it in a vault under the ice in Norway? To New Zealand’s credit (they don’t have to do this) they link their data to a CSV conversion tool. This is a great idea. Unfortunately the data that emerge at the other end still aren’t easily amenable to analysis, but it’s a start I guess.

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