21 January 2011

Tracking Aid Projects - Development Loop

Development Loop has been entered by AidData into the World Bank Apps for Development Challenge and I think that this is a great idea. The practical use of this is that if it can include as many programs as possible with recent data, it could provide a resource which tracks what is actually being done in international development. More to the point, it can let someone who is interested in supporting a specific project in a specific region to know what already exists. If used properly, this can be a tool for potential DIYers and NGO start-ups where they can see if the problem that they perceive a need to be filled is already being addressed by another NGO in the area. This could then lead to greater collaboration and sharing of knowledge.

All in all, I am very excited about the potential for this application.