We track and measure resource flows for development. Development finance is increasingly diverse and complex in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We help define international measurement standards to reflect these changes.
The concept of ODA, or aid, was defined over 50 years ago. It refers to financial support - either grants or "concessional" loans from OECD-DAC member countries to developing countries. These funds are provided to advance development in areas such as health, sanitation, education, infrastructure, and strengthening tax systems and administrative capacity, among others.
The tracking of ODA is crucial for informed decision making to ensure aid goes where it is most needed.
ODA is tracked and monitored by the OECD DAC so that individual donor efforts are measured alongside the wider array of resources that are available to developing countries. We inform donors about where aid should be targeted, and provide a clearer picture of the resource flows available to developing countries.
Country programmable aid (CPA) is a subset of official development assistance (ODA). It gives a more accurate picture of how much of ODA - which includes grants, concessional loans, debt relief, humanitarian aid, development research, and administration costs within donor countries - is actually transferred to the partner countries.
Data on CPA is available from 2000 and is derived annually.
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CPA reflects the amount of aid that is subjected to multi-year planning at country/regional level, and is defined through exclusions, by subtracting from total gross bilateral ODA that is:
Since the Monterrey Consensus in 2002, questions about broader development finance, including how to best mobilise private resources for development, have been at the heart of the political debate on development finance. To respond to the increasing analytical needs in this area, the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Secretariat is working to improve the quality and policy-relevance of its statistics on resource flows to developing countries beyond Official Development Assistance (ODA).
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The DAC statistical system is being modernised to better reflect the new global development landscape. The modernisation, which includes the new measurement of ODA, total official support for sustainable development (TOSSD) and cross-cutting issues, can incentivise development spending and improve its targeting.
The modernisation of the DAC statistical system contributes to broader global efforts to monitor international resource mobilisation for implementing the post-2015/2030 agenda. The DAC has embarked on a process of modernising its system for measuring official development assistance (ODA) and agreed to capture in OECD DAC statistics, the wide array of support provided beyond concessional finance through a measure of TOSSD.
TOSSD is a new international statistical framework for monitoring official resources and private finance mobilised by official interventions in support of sustainable development. It is designed to monitor both cross-border resources (Pillar I) and support to international public goods and to address global challenges (Pillar II). TOSSD includes both concessional and non-concessional support, from multilateral and bilateral development co-operation providers, including South-South and triangular co-operation providers.
The international community called for the development of TOSSD in an “open, inclusive and transparent manner” in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda in July 2015. TOSSD is being developed by an International Task Force of experts from provider countries, recipient countries and multilateral organisations, in consultation with civil society organisations and other relevant stakeholders.
Evidence has shown that "tied" aid - offering aid on the condition that it be used to procure goods or services from the provider of the aid - can increase the costs of a development project by as much as 15-30%. Untying aid, on the other hand, avoids unnecessary costs and gives the recipient the freedom to procure goods and services from virtually any country.
Annual reviews monitor progress of member governments' untying efforts with respect to the Untying Recommendation and other international agreements. We also offer a global portal of ODA contract opportunities for the benefit of the international business community.
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Data are collected using a converged reporting system whereby bilateral and multilateral providers of development co-operation use a single file format (Creditor Reporting System – CRS) to report at item level on all flows of resources to developing countries. Item-level reporting is validated against key aggregates also reported by donors and then serves as the basis for producing various other aggregate statistics.
Below you will find the questionnaires used to report data as well as the reporting instructions and supporting documents needed for their completion: all data are reported against a single set of Converged Statistical Reporting Directives and supporting addenda.
Most data reporters now report in the converged format. However, during a transition period, those reporters not yet doing so provide CRS item-level data and DAC aggregates separately:
Reporting Directives and Addenda
The Converged Statistical Reporting Directives are essentially the rule book for how to report statistics on aid and other resource flows. Addendum 1 contains supporting information on the classification of flows such as the List of ODA recipients, the List of ODA-eligible international organisations and various code lists which all require regular updates. Addendum 2 contains detailed definitions (grant element, policy markers) and the comprehensive text of DAC Recommendations, which do not require frequent updates. Addendum 3 contains the reporting methods for private sector instruments.