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Introducing AidData 2.0

AidData launched its new and improved website last month, featuring more content and new data and marking an expansion in the program's mission and scope. What began as a project to build a new kind of development assistance database has evolved into a broader initiative that aims to increase the accessibility and relevance of development finance information for a wide range of stakeholders. The new website highlights innovative projects to find new ways of gathering, managing, and visualizing development finance information, such as geocoding and crowdsourcing. Maps that show the geographical distribution of specific donor-funded activities offer a powerful way to help decision makers and citizens ask the right questions about aid allocation and effectiveness.

Those looking for data will find many new resources on the AidData site. AidData Raw is a new repository of stand-alone datasets that have not yet been vetted for inclusion in the main AidData database. It includes geo-location, project evaluation, and non-DAC donor datasets, as well as links to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) registry of aid activities. AidData 2.0 also includes a new collection of replication datasets associated with influential aid allocation and effectiveness studies, and many other new datasets for researchers. Soon, dashboards for key sectors will be added to the site, highlighting key trends and actors, and connecting activity-level data with other relevant resources.

In addition, the main AidData database has been updated to include the latest release of the OECD's Creditor Reporting System data, and additional data sources, such as:


  • African Development Bank (2009-2010)
  • African Development Fund (2008-2010)
  • Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development (2007-2010)
  • India (2005-2010, Ministry of Finance & Ministry of External Affairs)
  • Islamic Development Bank (1975-2008)
  • Kuwait (2007-2009, Kuwait Fund for Economic Development)
  • Latvia (2008-2010)
  • Nigerian Trust Fund (2007-2010)
  • Poland (2007-2010)
  • Saudi Arabia (2005-2009, Saudi Fund for Development)
  • United Arab Emirates (2008-2010, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development)


Please send any feedback and suggestions for improving the website to info@aiddata.org. We look forward to hearing from you.