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AidData Research Releases
In addition to providing a searchable database of more than 1 million aid activities from the 1940s to present, AidData has assembled a set of datasets specifically for researchers. Three of these datasets are derived from AidData's core database: a 'Research Release' of all project-level records as of February 2013, a dataset of aggregate financial transfers between donors and recipients (generated from the February 2012 Research Release), and a dataset of aggregate financial transfers between individual financing agencies and recipients (generated from the February 2012 Research Release).
NEW datasets are forthcoming in 2015! Please visit the Geocoded Datasets page for a listing of datasets that identify the precise, subnational locations of aid projects, and the Donor Datasets page for a listing of non-DAC datasets (e.g. China) and other donor-specific datasets (e.g. USAID). These pages will be updated throughout the year. During the second quarter of 2015, AidData will also release its 3.0 Research Release, which consists of approximately 1.4 million project records from 90+ donors. This is an update to AidData's 2.1 Research Release, reflecting changes in our project-level database through January 2015. The 3.0 update will include over 100,000 new project-level records.
AidData Research Release 2.1
Source: AidData (see release notes)
Contents: AidData's Research Release 2.1 is a snapshot of the AidData's entire project-level database from February 2012. This database includes over 1 million aid activities funded by more than 80 donors from the 1940s to present. AidData Research Releases are particularly useful for researchers because they are static versions of the data that allow for replication and comparison. AidData’s goal is to publish updated research releases on an annual basis (or more frequently if appropriate). For detailed information about this data set, see the AidData User’s Guide.
- AidData 2.1 "Full" version [all fields for all data]: (CSV, TXT, STATA, SQL insert and create or copy of PostgreSql)
- AidData 2.1 "Thin" version [only 6 fields]*: (CSV, TXT, STATA)
- AidData 2.1 "Since 1996" [short enough to open in Excel]: (CSV, TXT)
- AidData 2.1 "non-OECD": (CSV, TXT)
- AidData 2.1 Aggregate Donor, Recipient, Year: (CSV, TXT)
- AidData 2.1 Aggregate Donor, Recipient, Year, Purpose Name: (CSV, TXT)
*includes AidData ID, donor, recipient, year, commitment (USD2009) and purpose code.
Official Citation: Tierney, Michael J., Daniel L. Nielson, Darren G. Hawkins, J. Timmons Roberts, Michael G. Findley, Ryan M. Powers, Bradley Parks, Sven E. Wilson, and Robert L. Hicks. 2011. More Dollars than Sense: Refining Our Knowledge of Development Finance Using AidData. World Development 39 (11): 1891-1906.
PLAID Environmental Aid and Impact Codes dataset
PLAID 1.9 was a precursor dataset to the modern AidData research releases and AidData web portal. Available here is the PLAID 1.9 dataset with environment codes used in Greening Aid? Researchers should note:
Donor names have been harmonized, but may not match current AidData donor names
Recipient names not harmonized and some core contributions to multilateral institutions are included, with the multilateral institution listed as recipient
Sector code coverage is not as extensive as AidData
Not all projects have unique AidData IDs
"Constant USD" is USD-2000, unlike AidData 3.0's annually updated constant values
See the Cover Sheet (xlsx, 12KB) for more information and details on the Environmental Impact Code field and possible values. Researchers can access the Environmental Impact Codes either at the project-level or as aggregate flows. These data are available here: