Development finance standards

DAC Statistics: Classification by type of aid



How does it work in practice? The type of aid classification contains the following broad categories: budget support; core contributions and pooled programmes and funds; project-type interventions; experts and other technical assistance; scholarships and student costs in donor countries; debt relief; administrative costs; and other in-donor expenditures. Each category is broken down to sub-types, the full list is available at the bottom of this page. 

For each project reported in CRS/DAC, donors assign a type of aid. The typology complements the sector classification that captures the purpose of aid flows, and the policy objectives that identify different themes across sectors (e.g. gender equality or climate change).


What are the basic concepts? The typology classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds (recipient country, multilateral organisation, basket fund,…).  It does not track the end uses of the funds which is addressed in the sector classification and to some extent through the policy objective markers.  The typology has been aligned with the concepts and definitions used in the Paris Declaration. The IMF was also consulted during its elaboration: the typology enables fulfilment of the main information requirements for Balance of Payment statistics, and is a major improvement for identifying transfers of real resources.


Full list - see Type of aid tab in worksheet. (xls, Jan 2018)

Frequently asked questions regarding classification by type of aid (pdf, Jun 2013)