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Universities to help track where foreign aid goes

Thursday - 11/8/2012, 6:11pm  ET

By BROCK VERGAKIS
Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The College of William and Mary in Virginia has been awarded $25 million to lead a federal project that would let the U.S. government better track aid given to other countries.

The school said Thursday the award from the U.S. Agency for International Development would be used to foster an AidData Center for Development Policy in a joint venture with Brigham Young University in Utah and the University of Texas at Austin.

The center is to create geospatial data and tools that would let the U.S. and other governments peer inside countries to see exactly where aid is flowing and what aid may be needed in the future. School officials say that could reduce fraud, better target aid to needy regions and stop multiple nations from dispatching the same type of assistance to the same regions simultaneously.

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Online: AidData Center for Development Policy http://www.wm.edu/aiddatacenter

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