Each year, international donors provide over $130 billion in development assistance. But how much of this funding goes to sustainable disaster prevention, such as disaster risk reduction and recovery efforts, versus emergency relief? To ensure the effectiveness of disaster-related interventions, development stakeholders must manage a considerable amount of information on individual aid projects: appraisal documents, commitment and disbursement amounts, relevant development statistics, and much more. Given the right information in an accessible format, development organizations can maximize the impact of their aid interventions by coordinating activities with other donors, targeting aid to areas of most need, and monitoring the impact of aid projects and programs. But because this information is often published in a variety of locations in a wide range of formats, it can be difficult for individual aid workers or organizations to amass complete and reliable datasets.
The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) partnered with AidData in 2011 to develop an interactive dashboard for disaster assistance. GFDRR is a partnership of 38 countries and 7 international organizations committed to helping developing countries reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and adapt to climate change. GFDRR aims to mainstream disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in country development strategies by supporting a country-led and managed implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.
The “Disaster Aid Tracking” dashboard (currently under development) will serve as a one-stop shop for information on disaster assistance. The dashboard will aggregate granular information on disaster aid activities and make these data accessible and digestible through interactive charts and graphs. Users will be able to quickly generate snapshots of donor activities over time, or dig deeper to analyze aid allocation based on specific recipients and aid activities.
Using Disaster Aid Tracking, those interested in a particular sub-sector of disaster assistance will be able to analyze aid activities and draw informed conclusions. For example, a user might be a Bangladeshi NGO advocating for early warning systems. Using the Disaster Aid Tracking dashboard, the NGO could quickly analyze which donors fund early warning system projects in Bangladesh; what types of projects they fund; and how much funding they typically provide. Based on their findings, the NGO could determine the alignment of donor activities with early warning system needs, and explore ways to work with the most active and innovative international and local donors to make that aid more effective.