Aid statistics

International Development Statistics (IDS) online databases

 

The International Development Statistics (IDS) online databases cover bilateral, multilateral and private donors’ aid (ODA) and other resource flows to developing countries.

Our data are grouped in two separate databases:

  • the DAC annual aggregates database, which provides comprehensive data on the volume, origin and types of aid and other resource flows;
  • the Creditor Reporting System (CRS), which provides detailed information on individual aid activities, such as sectors, countries, project descriptions etc.

There are two ways to access DAC and CRS data, QWIDS and OECD.Stat (see below).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Databases have been updated with final 2013 data on 19 December 2014.

The DAC Secretariat collects and publishes data throughout the year:

  • in April: aggregate level preliminary ODA data for prior calendar year;
  • in December: final detailed data including all individual project level data (CRS) for prior calendar year;
  • in June & September: updates and revisions.

QWIDS

 

The Query Wizard for International Development Statistics is the easiest way to search our database as it automatically extracts the most appropriate dataset from OECD.Stat to match your search.

 

QWIDS popular queries

 

OECD.Stat

 

OECD.Stat is the OECD's data warehouse. To find aid statistics, look under Themes/Development then select a data table to search.

General comments:

All amounts are expressed in USD millions in either constant or current prices. Constant prices (deflated amounts) include adjustments to allow for inflation rate changes in donor countries as well as changes in exchange rates between the donor currency and the US dollar over the same period. Constant prices are recommended for time series analysis.

Bulk downloads:

Users can download entire datasets. Open your required dataset in OECD.Stat then mouse over the Export button and click on Related files.

All .txt files can be opened in the Excel 2007 or later (use a vertical bar | as delimiter and ‘none’ as text qualifier) or any other software (for example Access, STATA, etc.) that allow more than 65,000 rows.

[1] Note about the Aid Activities (CRS) database:

Dimensions include:

  • recipient countries (possibility of grouping by continent or by income group);
  • donors (grouped into bilateral and multilateral);
  • sectors and sub-sectors;
  • annual commitments / disbursements;
  • flows: grants, loans, ODA, OOF;
  • channels of delivery;
  • type of aid.

The CRS dataset allows users to view and export the detailed list of transactions behind each amount (click on magnifying-glass icon). Please note that display is limited to the first 1000 activities (this is not the case when using QWIDS).

It is also possible to download the CRS database by year (see Bulk downloads above). For CRS data, this is the only way to obtain data for commitments prior to 1995 and for disbursements prior to 2002.

The bulk files enable data users to carry out multi-faceted analysis by filtering different categories such as donor, recipient, purpose and channel. A text search on the project descriptions provides the data users with further information on the relevant activities, although text search results would be dependent on the quality of the descriptive information provided by donors.

For additional information, see the DAC and CRS technical users guides.
 

OECD.Stat direct links to data tables

 

 

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