Dr. Daniel Runfola is AidData’s Senior Geospatial Scientist and a Research Assistant Professor at the College of William & Mary, leading work in spatial analytic research, including building out a first-of-its-kind global spatial data repository.
Governments in West Africa increasingly require foreign investors to build and maintain public infrastructure in exchange for rights to extract natural resources on their land.
Liberia has adopted this strategy to fill an infrastructure gap after the civil war and build ‘spatial development corridors’ alongside concessionaire-sponsored infrastructure.
12 Apr 2019 | Bradley Parks, Jonas Bunte, Harsh Desai, Kanio Bai Gbala, Daniel Runfola
Evidence from Liberia suggests that requiring foreign investors to provide public goods in the areas where their investments are physically sited can better spur local economic growth.
Researchers concluded this by matching data on individual concessions granted to investors by the Liberian government with night-time light growth data, collected via satellite.
26 Jan 2017 | Bradley Parks, Daniel Runfola, Jonas Bunte, Kanio Bai Gbala
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