Country-Level Research Datasets

Forthcoming Data

NEW datasets are forthcoming in 2016! Please visit 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.


 

AidData Research Release 3.0

Source: AidData (see Readme file)
Contents: AidData's Core Research Release 3.0 is a snapshot of the AidData's entire project-level database from April 2016. This database includes commitment information for over 1.5 million development finance activities funded between 1947 and 2013. The dataset covers 96 donors and includes ODA, OOF flows, Equity Investments, and Export Credits where available. AidData Core Research Releases are particularly useful for researchers since they are flat, static versions of the data that allow for replication and comparison. AidData’s goal is to publish updated research releases on a bi-annual basis.

For detailed information about this data set, see the AidData Readme file or the Data Management Plan.

Data:

  • AidData 3.0 "Full" version [all fields for all data]: CSV

  • AidData 3.0 "Thin" version [only 8 fields]*: CSV

  • AidData 3.0 Aggregate Donor, Recipient, Year: CSV

  • AidData 3.0 Aggregate Donor, Recipient, Year, Purpose Name: CSV

*includes aiddata id, aiddata 2 id, year, donor, recipient, commitment amount (USD 2011), coalesced purpose code, and coalesced purpose name.

Download the Research Release Here

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.

Updated in: AidData. 2016. AidDataCore_ResearchRelease_Level1_v3.0 Research Releases dataset. Williamsburg, VA : AidData. Accessed on [date].http://aiddata.org/research-datasets.

Please note: both sources should be used as the official citation for the 3.0 research release.


 

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.

Data:

*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: 

  • Project-Level:

    • Full form (CSV , SQL) (136 cols x 962005 obs)

    • Short form (includes ID, donor, recipient, year, commitment, purpose, env_code) (CSV) (7 cols x 962005 obs)

  • Aggregate:

    • By donor, recipient, year and environment code (CSV) (156611 obs)

    • By donor, recipient, year, purpose and environment code (CSV) (498723 rows)