Aid architecture

Country Programmable Aid (CPA)



Country Programmable Aid (CPA) is the portion of aid donors programme for individual countries, and over which partner countries could have a significant say. Developed in 2007 in close collaboration with OECD DAC members, CPA is much closer to capturing the flows of aid that go to the partner countries than the concept of Official Development Assistance (ODA).


Interactive CPA charts 



CPA at a Glance by DAC donor  (requires Adobe Flash)‌

CPA at a Glance by Region and Country (requires Adobe Flash)‌


The concept of official development assistance (ODA) covers a range of assistance from developed to developing countries. CPA is much closer than ODA to capturing the flows of aid that goes to the partner country, and has been proven in several studies to be a good proxy of aid recorded at country level.

For more information: Getting closer to the core - Measuring Country Programmable Aid


... is useful for analysing concentration across and within countries and agencies. CPA captures the main cross-border aid flows to recipient countries and has been tested against country-level information and found to provide a good approximation of the overall flows expected to appear in country aid information systems.

... helps aid transparency and predictability through a consistent measure of past and future aid flows.

... is a useful way of comparing in-country financial impact across donors. The huge variance (low of 21% (Austria), high of 91% (Portugal) in 2011) in the CPA share of donors' bilateral ODA deserves to be more widely discussed. The policy principle is that CPA should benchmark the intensity and coherence of donor effort at country level.


 ODA Composition



Latest documents


Getting closer to the core - Measuring Country Programmable Aid (pdf, 199 kb)

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 ODA that is:



  1. unpredictable by nature (humanitarian aid and debt relief);
  2. entails no cross-border flows (administrative costs, imputed student costs, promotion of development awareness,and research and refugees in donor countries);
  3. does not form part of co-operation agreements between governments (food aid and aid from local governments);
  4. is not country programmable by the donor (core funding of NGOs).


CPA data series




Click here (link to OECD.stat) for the complete CPA data series by donor and country since 2000.


Download full CPA data series by donor and country since 2000 (same as on OECD.stat):



Download full CPA data series by sector since 2004:



Please note that the sector-level data may differ slightly compared to CPA data by donor and country since it is based solely on CRS data.