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Statistical Sources and Methods
The DAC List of ODA Recipients is designed for statistical purposes. It helps to measure and classify aid and other resource flows originating in donor countries.
The DAC List of ODA Recipients: An information note on the revision of the DAC List.
This edition provides operational guidelines on how foreign direct investment (FDI) activity should be measured and sets the world standard for direct investment statistics.
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This note presents information on ODA reporting of in-donor refugee costs. It includes general background information on this item, overview of disparities in members’ methodologies for calculating in-donor refugee costs and summaries of members’ individual methodologies.
Presentation of the basic concepts of the Aid Activity database, advice on statistical methods and terminology, practical guidance for data search – the User’s Guide explains what data are available and what they can be used for.
This User's Guide provides an introduction to DAC Statistics, a section on where to find the information you are looking for, a description of the datasets, and an example on how to run a query.
The CRS directives specify the resource flows covered in the database, provides information on the main uses of the data, gives practical instructions for data compilers.
DAC statistics are primarily designed to measure donor effort. The following note describes the OECD DAC’s methodology for calculating imputed multilateral flows, that is imputing aid by multilateral bodies back to the funders of these bodies so that total donor outflows that can be assigned to an individual recipient.
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This booklet celebrates 50 years of the OECD’s statistics on aid and other flows to developing countries. Compiled under the guidance of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), these statistics are the basis of practically all international comparisons of aid volume. They are relied on by governments, NGOs, the media, researchers and students as a key source of information on the volume and quality of aid.
The DAC has measured resource flows to developing countries since 1961. Special attention has been given to the official and concessional part of this flow, defined as “official development assistance” (ODA). The DAC first defined ODA in 1969, and tightened the definition in 1972. ODA is the key measure used in practically all aid targets and assessments of aid performance.