Data sources

Data sources for each page of the Aid Tracker website

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 Table 1 from the OECD Statistics.

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, except for current year and one-year-prior data which is from the current year’s budget.

Commitments

Gavi

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

Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations

Data on contributions to CEPI came from this page.

The Global Fund

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

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; 2021-2024

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):

Replenishment rounds: 12th; 13th; 14th; 15th; 16th (or alternate source); 17th; 18th; 19th.

Global Partnership for Education

The data for 2007-2010 and 2011-2014 were pulled together from this DFAT webpage and this Devpolicy Blog. After 2016, The Global Partnership for Education has improved its information on funding on its website. Hence funding information for periods of 2015-2018 and onwards comes directly from GPE website.

COVID-19 funding

Data came from WHO ACT Accelerator Funding Tracker; Vaccine Access for the Indo-Pacific; and UNICEF COVID-19 Vaccine Market Dashboard. See notes to the relevant graphs for details.

Sectors & partners

Sectors

Data on the sectoral focus of Australian aid and the partners used to deliver Australian aid come from DFAT statistical summaries and Development Assistance (ODA) Standard Time Series (see table 2). See notes to the relevant graphs for details.

Humanitarian aid

Actual figures on humanitarian aid spending are taken from DFAT statistical summaries.

Partners

The data on partners come from Development Assistance (ODA) Standard Time Series (Table 2), which is derived from DFAT statistical summaries.

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

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