Data sources

Data sources for each page of the Aid Tracker website

Last updated

The Aid Tracker was last updated in May 2021. It reflects OECD preliminary results for 2020, and the Australian 2021-22 budget.

Trends

Government aid data (and total government spending) is obtained from various budget documents, and maintained in the Devpol budget database, which is made available through this website. Historical GNI and CPI data from the ABS.

Population data (used to calculate aid per capita and donations per capita) come from the OECD’s International Development Statistics (IDS) online databases. The data come from Table 1. To obtain the data filter for ‘Population’ using the ‘Aid Type’ filter.

Data on donations to Australian NGOs come from ACFID annual reports, augmented by additional older data provided to the Development Policy Centre.

Comparisons

All data on this page come from come from the OECD’s International Development Statistics (IDS) online databases. The data come from Table 1. Using the ‘Aid Type’ filter will provide you the different data types used on this page. Rankings were calculated based on the data available in the IDS database.

Although the OECD provides aid data back to the 1960s, in the earlier years there are some large discrepancies between this data and Australian government data. That is why we only show the comparisons back to 1995. There might still be some small discrepancies in the remaining years between the data for Australia shown in this section (from the OECD) and the data shown in the Trends section which is from the Australian government (see above). Small discrepancies might also arise due to the fact that this section uses calendar years (January to December) whereas the section on trends uses the fiscal year (July to June).

The OECD used to only publish net ODA figures but since 2018, it has provided ODA grant equivalent figures too, as part of its initiative to introduce a new system to measure donor effort. For comparability across time, the ODA time series continues to display ODA net disbursement numbers. However, the ODA/GNI figures provided by the OECD since 2018 have been based on ODA grant equivalent figures. Pre-2018, the figures in the ODA/GNI time series is based on ODA net disbursement numbers.

Under the net disbursement methodology, ODA included flows of cash that were granted, and the face value of loans that were lent to developing countries, deducting any repayments on the loans. More details on net ODA can be found here.

Under the grant equivalent system, loans with more generous terms are accorded a higher ODA value. For a more in-depth explanation of the grant equivalent methodology, you may refer to this page.

Destinations

Data on the destinations page comes from DFAT statistical summaries (hyperlink), except for current year and one-year-prior data which is from the current year’s budget.

Data for the sections ‘Share of total aid from DAC donors to Pacific (Oceania) countries’ and ‘Australian ODA to the Pacific as a percentage of recipient’s Gross National Income’ come from the OECD’s International Development Statistics (IDS) online databases. The data come from Table 2A of the OECD’s International Development Statistics (IDS) online databases. Either use the ‘Donor’ filter or re-arrange the table fields using ‘Customise’ and ‘Layout’ to extract these numbers.

Commitments

In instances a specific source for commitments data is given on one of the commitments pages. Where an explicit source is not given, the following sources have been used.

Gavi

Gavi funding data can be found on this page of the Gavi website (look for the ‘Annual contributions and proceeds’ spreadsheets).

The Global Fund

Data on contributions to the Global Fund can be found on this page of the Global Fund’s website.

World Bank IDA

Data for the various IDA replenishment rounds can be found in PDFs linked to from this page. Individually the source documents for the IDA data are at the following locations (PDF files):

19th replenishment round
18th replenishment round
17th replenishment round
16th replenishment round (or alternate source)
15th replenishment round
14th replenishment round
13th replenishment round
12th replenishment round

Global Partnership for Education

At the time of writing (18/1/16) the Global Partnership for Education provided disappointingly little information on funding on its website. As a result data were pulled together from this DFAT webpage and this Devpolicy Blog (written at a time when more information was available).

Asian Development Bank

Data for the various ADB replenishment rounds came from the following sources:
2001-2004
2005-2008
2009-2012
2013-2016
2017-2020

Sectors & partners

Sectors

Data on the sectoral focus of Australian aid and the partners used to deliver Australian aid come from DFAT statistical statistical summaries. (For the years 2013-14 to 2017-18, data on both sectors and partners (see below) is from Tables 1 and 2 here.) Any current year data comes from budget documents. See notes to the relevant graphs for details.

Any current year data comes from budget documents. See notes to the relevant graphs for details.

Humanitarian aid

Actual figures on humanitarian aid spending are taken from DFAT statistical summaries. Budgeted figures are taken from the Australia aid budget summary. Of the other data used, the data for the international comparisons come from the Global Humanitarian Assistance website here (select Dataset 1) and from UNOCHA’s Financial Tracking Service here.

Partners

The data on partners come from this spreadsheet, which is derived from spreadsheets on this page of the DFAT website. We add together the totals on aid by partner (in Table 2) for aid appropriated to DFAT with aid by partner (in Table 3) for aid appropriated to other government departments, assuming, in the latter case, that aid appropriated to other government departments not transferred to multilaterals is spent by those other government departments.

Aid 101

In the section ‘How much aid is given globally?’, there is a calculation of total global aid flows from those countries that provide data. All data comes from the OECD’s International Development Statistics (IDS) online databases.

The data for the donor side of the equation come from come from Table 1. They were calculated by adding the categories ‘I. OFFICIAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE (I.A + I.B)’ and ‘IV. NET PRIVATE GRANTS’ and dividing them by GNI (all categories are available in this table). Data are for 2013. For this calculation ‘Fund flows’ were set at ‘Net Disbursements’. The figure ‘All Donors Total’ was used.

The data for the recipient side of the equation was taken from Table 2A. Data were combined for DAC countries and multilateral donors. Data were just for recipient countries and exclude regional aid pools.

If you have any questions, please email Terence Wood (terence.wood@anu.edu.au).

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