Transparent Development Footprints

Tracking underreported financial flows

As officially-reported Western aid becomes a smaller and smaller fraction of total financing for sustainable development, AidData is pioneering new methods to track underreported financial flows from public and private donors, lenders, and investors who publicly disclose little about their spending priorities and activities.

These innovative methods make it possible to shed light on the large and growing number of sustainable development investments made by non-Western governments like China and Qatar, non-state actors like companies and private philanthropies, and low income and middle income countries themselves.

AidData uses these unique data and methods to answer a range of questions about these less well-understood global development actors:

  • What are their investment priorities?
  • How closely do their investments align with national development priorities and global goals?
  • In which countries and sectors are they most and least influential?
  • What are the intended and unintended effects of their investments?