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NORFOLK (AP) -- The College of William and Mary has been chosen to lead a federal project that will allow the U.S. to better track the aid it gives to other countries.

Officials say that could help reduce fraud and better target regions of the world that need assistance.

The school said Thursday that it was awarded $25 million by the U.S. Agency for International Development. That makes it the single largest financial award in school history.

The new AidData Center for Development Policy will be a joint venture between William and Mary, Brigham Young University in Utah and the University of Texas at Austin.

The center will create maps and tools that will allow the U.S. to see which areas inside of a country are getting what types of aid.

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