Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
The international aid transparency movement has made considerable progress over the past decade. However, to date, the supply of open aid – through international mechanisms like IATI and domestic aid information management systems – has been largely disconnected from efforts to understand the demand for, actual use and impact of aid data. This talk will examine this ‘market disconnect’ between open aid supply and demand. Specifically, the talk will focus on unpacking the theory of change behind the open aid movement, the key stakeholders or intended beneficiaries of aid transparency, and prevailing arguments regarding who is expected to use the burgeoning supply of open aid information, and how.
Catherine (Kate) Weaver is Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research is focuses on international development and global governance. Kate conducts extensive qualitative fieldwork all over the world and publishes widely on the political economy of aid and the reform of international development institutions. Dr. Weaver is currently co-director (with Dr. Mike Findley) of Innovations for Peace and Development at UT and co-principal investigator on a multiyear, $25 million collaborative partnership grant (with AidData, ESRI, Development Gateway and Brigham Young University), funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s Higher Education Solutions Network. She is also a Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, where she is a key investigator and core researcher in the Strauss Center’s programs on Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) and Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA), both multiyear research projects funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Minerva Initiative. Kate’s current research examines issues of transparency and accountability in international development aid. Most recently, she has been working on developing and testing methodologies to track and dynamically geomap subnational flows international development aid and climate adaptation resources using GIS technology and fieldwork in Africa and Asia.