AidData staff closely collaborate with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to gather, standardize, and republish project-level aid information for AidData’s core database of over one million development activities worldwide. AidData’s work also supports the efforts of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) by enabling users to download data in IATI format.
AidData and the OECD CRS
The Creditor Reporting System (CRS), maintained by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD, has been collecting information on international aid and activity-level aid since 1960 and 1973, respectively. An authoritative source of annual statistical information, the CRS contains information on Official Development Assistance (ODA) and other official flows from DAC and some non-DAC donors. Complementing the work of the OECD, AidData provides data on detailed development activities from a wide range of DAC and non-DAC actors in an accessible format.
What are the differences between the two approaches?
The CRS database contains the official statistics on aid and other official private flows, as well as information on concessional and non-concessional flows from multilateral institutions. Information in the CRS database is submitted by donor agencies and verified by OECD. AidData’s data portal expands upon OECD’s work, integrating additional information from sources not covered by the CRS, including development resource flows not classified as “official development assistance”, financing for recipients that have graduated from ODA eligibility and aid activity records prior to 1995.
AidData and IATI
The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) seeks to make development aid information more accessible and useful. The initiative includes bilateral, multilateral, and private donor organizations, along with countries that receive aid. Specifically, IATI aspires for all donor countries and organizations to “implement a common, open standard for the electronic publication of timely, comprehensive and forward looking information on resources provided through development cooperation”. The IATI data standard, the international standard for reporting aid information, is designed to allow aid donors to organize information on their activities in a streamlined, comparable format with three components: 1) the Activity Standard; 2) the Organisation Standard; and 3) the IATI Codelists.
More than 190 donor organizations have signed up to IATI to date and committed to publishing their information in IATI format to the IATI central registry. All of the aid information in the AidData database can be exported in IATI .XML, regardless of the original source of the data. This means that AidData users can explore data from the OECD CRS, IATI, and donor or country systems in a comparable, standard format. Using AidData's advanced analytic dashboard, users can filter data from IATI or other sources, then export to generate their own custom IATI feed. AidData continues to work with IATI and data providers to improve the quality and comprehensiveness of the information provided.