Web Links

These are links of general interest to folks involved in the development “arts.” Over time, with your contributions, we would like to grow this resource. If you have links you would like to submit, please send them to office@usaidalumni.org Attn: Dev Issues.

  • New!  The World Poverty Clock – The World Poverty Clock provides real-time poverty estimates until 2030 for almost every country in the world. It monitors progress toward eliminating Extreme Poverty, the first of the UNs Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Infographic on Attacks on AID Workers (Dept. of State) – Maps, tables and graphs clearly demonstrate elevated risk levels.
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index 167 countries scored on a scale of 0 to 10 based on 60 indicators. The US slips to the category of “flawed democracy.”
  • January 2017 Update! Transparency International Corruption Perception Index – Transparency International is a non-governmental organization dedicated to increasing government accountability and curbing both international and national corruption. The Corruption Perception Index scores the perceptions of business people.
  • December 2016 USAID Impact Newsletter: The latest edition covers a variety of topics.
  • January/February 2017  Front Lines – This link will take you to the most recent edition.
  • Fragile States Index (Fund for Peace) – This index uses 12 social, economic, political, and military indicators and ranks 60 states in order of their vulnerability to violent internal conflict.
  • USAID Map – Find a country and click on its USAID stories and results.
  • NGO Aid Map This an InterAction initiative that provides detailed information on members’ work around the world through a web-based mapping platform.
  • The Good Country Index – This is an index that measures what each country contributes to the common good of humanity and to the planet.
  • OneVote16.org asked each candidate to go “on the record” with a video statement to say what they’d do to fight extreme poverty, if elected. There are short videos for each of the candidates that have responded.
  • The new USAID International Data & Economic Analysis website  (IDEA) is the Agency’s comprehensive source of economic and social data and analysis.*
  • Mindless Foreign Aid is a new development blog by Tom Dichter. It addresses how foreign aid for development has become mindless. Dichter has nearly 50 years of experience promoting development in over sixty developing countries on four continents.
  • Telling USAID’s Story – This is a new web page put together by LPA, the Agency’s public affairs office.
  • Foreign Service Oral Histories (Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training) – Included are more than 1900 searchable oral histories completed over the past thirty years by individuals from USAID, State, USDA and Labor.
  • Development Talk – A World Bank Blog – Interesting reading hosted by the Bank’s Chief Economist.
  • Interactive Map of Global RemittancesInternational migrants sent $529 billion in remittances back to their home countries in 2012. Such funds are fundamental to development in many countries. This map shows where the money came from and went to.
  • Multilateral Development Banks: Overview and Issues for CongressA Congressional Research Service report.
  • World Bank Group Strategy The new strategy says there will be shift from a focus on stand-alone projects to a “development solutions culture embedded in widely disseminated knowledge of what works and how to deliver it.”
  • The Global Gender Gap Report, introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, provides a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities around the world.
  • The Global Peace Index is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace and the Economist Intelligence Unit. It ranks countries on their level of peace by measuring the level of safety and security, the extent of domestic or foreign conflicts and the degree of militarization. This snapshot focuses on the 91 low- and middle-income countries that received at least $2 million USAID funding in fiscal year 2011.
  • Current USAID Mission Directors  – This is a list maintained by the Agency.
  • USAID 101 – USAID has put together an on-line “course” that will explain what the Agency does and how and why it does it. This course is principally directed at university students. New material will be added each month.
  • 2013 Congressional Attitudes Toward the Foreign Service and the Department of State is a recently published survey prepared  by AFSA. Notice that no mention is made of USAID.
  • The World Bank Atlas of Global Development The Atlas of Global Development is a comprehensive guide to the most critical issues facing our changing world today
  • 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index – This index incorporates traditional economic measures of prosperity with measurements of well-being and life satisfaction. It includes factors such as social capital, effective governance, entrepreneurship, human rights and liberties, health and security.
  • IFC Doing Business Table Economies are ranked by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation on their ease of doing business. A high ranking on the ease of doing business index means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm, a vital factor in economic growth and development.
  • International Housing Coalition Success Stories – The IHC has recently published a set of short case studies from recent successful programs in the field, covering housing microfinance, slum upgrading, water and sanitation services provision and urban infrastructure design.
  • Development Aid and Governance Indicators   The Brookings Global Economy and Development Program has launched a new interactive featuring data on development, aid and governance. Information include trends in foreign assistance, governance, and global poverty and middle class populations.
  • National Priorities Database The National Priorities Project makes the complex U.S. federal budget transparent and accessible so people can exercise their right and responsibility to oversee and influence how their tax dollars are spent. Pay particular attention to the charts at the top of the page.
  • The Center for Global Development (CGD) works to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy community to make the world a more prosperous, just, and safe place.  CGD combines world-class research with policy analysis and innovative communications to turn ideas into action.
  • Feeling nostalgic for the for the good old days when program designs (more or less) marched to the same drum? It was all laid out so clearly in Handbook 3. The cost of a trip down memory lane? One simple click on the link.
  • Freedom in the World 2011 Survey – Freedom House released its 2011 annual survey of global political rights and civil liberties. According to the findings, 2010 was the fifth consecutive year in which global freedom suffered a decline—the longest period of setbacks for freedom in the nearly 40-year history of the report. If you would prefer to visit just the free/not free map, you may see it here.
  • The Foreign Assistance Dashboard – The goal of the Dashboard is to enable a wide variety of stakeholders to examine, research, and track U.S. Government foreign assistance investments in an accessible and easy-to-understand format. As it evolves, the Dashboard will incorporate budget, financial, program, and performance data from all U.S. Government agencies implementing foreign assistance, humanitarian, and development funds.
  • IMF eLibrary – Fund publications provide assessments on the future prospects for the global economy. The World Economic Outlook reviews global activity, which has weakened and become more uneven. The Global Financial Stability Report outlines how the risks to stability have increased substantially in recent months. The Fiscal Monitor explores the challenges that persist in many advanced, emerging-market, and low-income countries.
  • The Senior Living Foundation of the American Foreign Service is a private, non-profit organization established to assist retired members of the Foreign Service who are physically or mentally unable to cope with old age. The Foundation provides information about and assistance in obtaining community, State, Federal and private resources.
  • World Bank Infoshop – This site provides access to information on Bank programs and development strategies in all borrower countries. It also offers information on events that facilitate debate on development issues through panel discussions, book launches, presentations and film screenings.
  • MFAN, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, advocates for more effective and accountable U.S. foreign assistance that will deliver greater results for people in need and U.S. taxpayers.
  • World Bank Development Indicators – Browse the extensive list of featured indicators and more from the World Bank’s most popular dataset, World Development Indicators
  • Civic Literacy Exam – Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%.
  • The CIA World Factbook – This is a good first place to go for basic information on any country in the world.
  • World Competitiveness Scorecard– Developed by the International Institute for Management Development, the World Competitiveness Scorecard compiles and analyzes data on 58 industrialized and emerging economies in order to rank their competitiveness. Countries compete by providing an environment with the most efficient structure, institutions and policies in which enterprises can compete successfully.

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