Development finance statistics

QWIDS demonstration, FAQ, screen guide and hints & tips


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QWIDS  - guide to homescreen functions

Hints and tips

When the data are displayed, you will be given four additional options
  1. Export as CSV– automatically downloads the data displayed as a CSV (Excel compatible) file
  2. Bookmark – create a bookmark in your browser
  3. Change Layout – alter the way the data are displayed on screen
  4. Print – print the data 
Making charts You cannot make charts directly in QWIDS. Users have the option of exporting the data (see above) and then using their own software to make charts.
Access to the complete data set QWIDS will also display the name of the data table in that the displayed data was retrieved from as well as giving you the options of looking at it in or to download it.
Negative figures in the data displayed When viewing net ODA figures, a negative figure would relate to a year when repayments by a recipient country on loans were larger than ODA received or they could indicate recoveries on grants.
When ‘..’ or ‘-‘ is displayed These characters are displayed when no data are recorded.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Browser compatibility
QWIDS functions in Windows and Mac OS. Compatible browsers include Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome and Safari. Known issues: With IE7, some users may receive a Stop running this script? message; click No to continue using QWIDS. With IE8/IE9 under Windows 7/Vista, enable Compatibility View if QWIDS does not work/run correctly.
 2. Are disbursement data gross or net?
Disbursements in the top level (What type of data are you looking for?) Data Selection are by default net disbursements. Gross disbursements are available through Additional Data Selection Options and are explicitly labelled as gross.
 3. How do I select total ODA flows from all donors to developing countries?

We collect data on both inflows to multilateral agencies from DAC and non-DAC countries, and outflows from multilaterals to developing countries. By adding the two amounts together (inflows and outflows), you overstate the total resources being transferred through aid by counting essentially the same resources at two different points of measurement.

To select ODA flows from all donors to developing countries, you need to change the recipient dimension to ALL DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, TOTAL and select ALL DONORS in the donor dimension. Please see the first query 1 on the QWIDS Popular queries section for a predefined query to extract total net ODA disbursements from all donors to developing countries.

 4. Why do I not see the items I selected in the top level ("What type of data are you looking for?") Data Selection when I go to Additional Data Selection Options?

Additional Data Selection Options lists extra items under the top level Data Selection. In other words, it expands to additional detailed options within (or under) the main selection (grouping) but does not repeat the selection already made and retained in the top level (previous step).

For example: If you select Disbursement under Flow Type in the main Selection and then go to Additional Data Selection Options, the Flow Type Details displays Disbursement Grouping and lists Gross Disbursement. Since net disbursements are already selected through the main Selection, only additional related options are displayed here.

 5. What does the term Memo refer to as used in QWIDS?
Memo is used to designate items which provide additional information already included in other categories or which assemble information from several categories.
 6. How can I select all items in a category?
To select (or deselect) all items in a category, click (or remove the click) on the corresponding overhead item titled: ... Grouping, i.e. click on Africa Grouping to select all individual recipient countries in Africa.
 7. How can I get data by sector?
A breakdown of data by donor and broad sector category is available for Commitments at a broad level.  To access data broken down by donor, recipient and sector (broad sector categories or detailed sector codes), select ALL DEVELOPING COUNTRIES TOTAL (aggregate) or any specific countries under recipient. Note: These data are also available for disbursements, please refer to the Coverage statistics.
 8. How can I get detailed sector codes?
To access data broken down by donor, recipient and sector (broad sector categories or detailed sector codes), select ALL DEVELOPING COUNTRIES TOTAL (aggregate) or any specific countries under recipient.  Note:  these data are available for both commitments and disbursements, please refer to the Coverage statistics. Alternatively, you can click on: Show me project-level data and/or detailed sector level data.
 9. What are Types of Aid?

Types of aid were introduced in DAC Statistics for reporting of 2010 flows, to distinguish between the various modalities of aid. See the definitions. The presentation of data online now reflects this new aid classification. However, as data prior to 2010 were not reported in line with this typology, a mapping exercise is currently underway in order to complement historical series. Users should be aware therefore that, pending the conclusion of this mapping exercise, data for years prior to 2010 are incomplete.

In the interim, a user looking for historical data on, for example, General Budget Support should run a query on the CRS database using the appropriate purpose code: 51010. For sectoral budget support data users are invited to download the CRS data file and to run a text search in the results.

 10. Why do I get a message saying: Your choice will change the source of data.
QWIDS is based on several different sources. Some specific information is available in each of them so certain combinations of selections are not compatible. When making your selection, you point the wizard towards one of the sources, but as you select, you may subsequently choose something that is incompatible with the rest of the selection. That is why a box sometimes appears saying that your choice will change the source of data, and once the first choices have been made, some options are greyed out. You can click on Reset All Selections to come back to the default selection and then begin again by selecting the most important field for your question. To disable this option simply click the box: Don't show this message to me again in this session.
 11. Where can I find data on aid in support of Policy markers (Gender Equality, Participatory Development/Good Governance and Environment)?
Policy markers are not available as a search criteria in QWIDS as their use and interpretation are very specific and require a good knowledge of DAC/CRS definitions. However, these markers are available at a micro data level (on the field by policy marker) by downloading the CRS data from the entire dataset files.
 12. Where can I find information on aid in support of RIO conventions on desertification, climate change and biodiversity?
Aid in support of these Rio conventions is reported by donors through three policy markers (desertification, climate change and biodiversity). These markers are not available as a search criteria in QWIDS but you can view the data in this OECD.Stat table.