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Aid data: Time to get crunching!

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A compilation of data sets related to global development…for the geek in all of us.

Stephanie Oum is an intern on Oxfam America’s Aid Effectiveness team.

global-transparency-week-logoIt’s Global Transparency Week, so we’re sharing a raw list of data sets and indices sorted by a variety of development topics, all for your data-crunching pleasure!

In no way is this list comprehensive—we know that there are hundreds of data sets out there—but these are a good start. Mixed into this list are very specific data sets, like Publish What You Fund’s Aid Transparency Index, to meta-data sets like World Bank indicators, right down to databases on different laws, treaties, and reports. (Do note that inclusion on this list should not be seen as Oxfam’s assessment of data quality.)

Feel free to (and please do!) add any missing data sets that you find useful in the comments section below.

Development and Aid Datasets

Datasets & Indices



DARA Humanitarian Response Index Aid Effectiveness Monitors quality and effectiveness of aid
OECD Creditor Reporting System (CRS) Aid Effectiveness Development, aggregate official/private flows, geographical data, sector level data, CRS, CPA/FSS, Paris Declaration, African Economic Outlook
Paris Declaration Indicators of Progress Aid Effectiveness Progress in implementing Paris Indicators
World Bank: Aid Effectiveness Aid Effectiveness World Bank Indicators on Aid Effectiveness
Afghanistan Development Assistance Database Aid effectiveness, Afghanistan Aid management and coordination; International documents and policy statements
AidData Database Aid transparency Information on foreign aid projects financed by governments and aid agencies between 1945 and present
AidData Raw Aid transparency Collection of donor datasets; new information that is not yet vetted or standardized by AidData’s main database
AidFlows Aid transparency Visualizes how much development aid is provided and received around the world
AidView Aid transparency Tablet-computer optimized interface on IATI data
Akvo Open Aid Search Aid transparency IATI data sorted by publisher, budget, countries, regions and sectors
Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) Aid transparency Disaster Aid Tracking
IATI raw data registry Aid transparency IATI data sorted by publisher, budget, countries, regions and sectors
International Budget Partnership (IBP) Open Budget Index Aid transparency Assigns score to each country on overall commitment to transparency
Open Government Dashboard Aid transparency Federal spending (all agencies)
Publish What You Fund Aid transparency Aid Transparency Index
Quality of Official Development Assistance (QuODA) Aid transparency Quality of Development Aid rankings
ESCAP Data Center (UN Economic and Social Commission for Asian and the Pacific) Development Country-level data related to demography, migration, education, health, poverty, gender, employment, economy, government finance, employment, transport, and environment
Gapminder Development Facts about social, environmental and economic development
Inter-American Development Bank Development Indicators for Latin America and the Caribbean
Millennium Development Goal Indicators Development MDGs
OECD Statistics Development Governance, foreign aid, health, agriculture, development, energy, economy, environment; etc
UNDP: Country Profiles Development Country Profiles from UNDP
UNDP: Explorer Development Public Data Explorer
UNDP: Human Development Index Development International Human Development Indicators
World Bank: Development Impact Evaluation Initiative Development Effictiveness of development policies
World Bank: World Development Indicators Development World Development indicators at a national, regional, and global level
Financial Tracking Services (FTS) Foreign Assistance Global, real-time database which records all reported international humanitarian aid flows. The database is maintained by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Foreign Assistance Dashboard: Dataview Foreign Assistance US Government foreign assistance obligation and expenditure data sorted by country, sector, agency and year
Foreign Assistance Dashboard: Department of Defense Foreign Assistance Department of Defense aid flows
Foreign Assistance Dashboard: Department of Treasury Foreign Assistance Department of Treasury aid flows
Foreign Assistance Dashboard: Global Climate Change Foreign Assistance Appropriations details on adaptation, clean energy, and sustainable landscapes
Foreign Assistance Dashboard: Global Health Initiative Dataset Foreign Assistance Appropriations details on HIV/AIDS, maternal health, malaria, family planning, TB, Nutrition, Public Health threats, pandemic influenza and vulnerable children.
Government Spending Watch Foreign Assistance MDG spending on agriculture, education, environment, gender, health, social protection, water and sanitation
The Aid Explorer Foreign Assistance “Mapping the hyperspace of international aid”
The Food Aid Informationa System (FAIS) World Food Programme database Foreign Assistance Data on food aid flows
The Greenbook Foreign Assistance Data on US overseas loans and grants
UNDP Projects Foreign Assistance Database of all UNDP projects
World Bank: Open Financial data Foreign Assistance World Bank financial disbursements


Sector-Specific Datasets

Datasets & Indices



CountrySTAT Agriculture Web-based information technology system for food and agriculture statistics at the national and subnational levels
FAOSTAT Agriculture Large time-series and cross sectional data relating to hunger, food and agriculture for 245 countries and territories and 35 regional areas, from 1961 to the most recent year
Foreign Assistance Dashboard: Feed the Future Agriculture President’s global hunger and food security initiative
UNODA- UN Register of Conventional Arms Arms Trade UN Register of Conventional Arms
CIA World Factbook Civil Society Governance, economy, geography, communcations, transportation, military and transnational issues for 267 world entities
Civicus  Civil Society Database on civil society by civil society
International Center for Nonprofit Law (ICNL) Civil Society Database of laws, reports, and other civil society legal resources from countries around the world
Correlates of War Conflict Datasets on international conflict, militarized international disputes, bilateral trade, and diplomatic exchanges
Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers (NISAT) Conflict Database on legal and illegal small arms trade
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO): Armed Conflict Conflict Database on armed conflict
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO): Armed Conflict Conflict Mapping arms data
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO): Conflict Conflict Datasets on specific aspects of geography that influence conflict
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Conflict Data on international arms transfers, world military expenditure, the arms and military services industry and multilateral peace operations
Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) Conflict Datasets on organized violence and peacemaking
Transparency International Corruption Corruption indices and reports
Transparency International: GATEway Corruption Corruption measurements
GeoHive Demography Global Population Statistics
OECD (demography) Demography Database on immigrants in OECD countries
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (ESA) Demography Population division, population estimates and projections
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Population Reference Bureau Demography Country profiles for population and reproductive health: policy developments and indicators for use by country officers, policy-makers and researchers.
CEPALSTAT (UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) Economy Economic, sociodemographic, and environmental indicators for LAC region.
Enterprise Surveys Economy International Finance Corporation (IFC) database that offers an expansive array of economic data on 130,000 firms in 135 countries; data is provided in a variety of ways.
Global Economic Database (UN DESA) Economy Macroeconomic indicators in graphical interface and the traditional database.
IMF- IFS Database Economy International Financial Statistics
International Monetary Fund Data Mapper Economy World Economic Outlook
OECD Country statistical profiles Economy Economic surveys
OECD Factbook Economy Economic, environment and social statistics
The World Economic Forum Economy World Economic Forum reports on global issues including environment, education, individual industries and technologies.
UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) Economy World Investment Report
Edstats (World Bank) Education Education statistics
UNESCO Data Centre Education Indicators and raw data on education, literacy, science and technology, culture and communication.
Open Energy Info (OpenEI) Energy Open energy datasets
ECOLEX Environment Database providing information on environmental law– treaties, legislation, court decisions and literature.
Environmental Treaties and Resouce Indicators Environment Database of environmental treaties
InforMEA (UN) Environment UN information portal on multilateral environmental agreements.
United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) Environmental Indicators Environment Data on interational environmental statistics, including air & climate, biodiversity, energy & minerals, forests, governance, inland water resources, land & agriculture, marine & coastal areas, natural disasters, and waste.
Gender Equality Data & Statistics (World Bank) Gender Gender statistics
FAO Gender and Land Rights Database Gender, Land Rights Database on gender and land rights by country, topic selection and comparative reports
AIDSinfo (UNAIDS) Global Health Data on HIV/AIDS showing global trends– easy interface
Childinfo Database (UNICEF) Global Health Childrens rights, health and development
Distat, the UN Disability Statistics Database Global Health Basic statistics on human functioning and disability
Gapminder Global Health Global health indicators compiled using various data providers
Global Burden of Disease project- Health Metrics Institute Global Health DALYs
Health Systems Database (USAID, Abt) Global Health Health Systems
Health, Nutrition and Population Data & Statistics (World Bank) Global Health Health status, health determinants and health finances
Measusure DHS Demographic and Health Surveys (with USAID) Global Health Custom tables based on hundreds of demographic and health indicators. Customize tables to view indicators by background characteristics, over time, and across countries.
World Health Organization (WHO): Global Health Observatory Global Health WHO’s portal providing access to data and analyses for monitoring the global health situation
UNICEF childinfo Global Health, Human Rights Focusines on child and women’s health and development.
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO): Governance Governance Governance in civil war
Quality of Government Institute (QOG) Governance Effects of quality of government on policy areas such as health, the environment, social policy, and poverty.
World Freedom Atlas Governance Data concerned with freedom, democracy, good governance, and development
Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) Governance Voice and accountability, political stability and absence of violence, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of law, control of corruption
Cingranelli-Richards (CIRI) Human Rights Data Project Human Rights Data on human rights violations for 195 countries from 1981-2009
Freedom House Human Rights Human rights, democracy, governance
UNHCR: Population statistics Human Rights UNHCR Population statistics
Relief web Humanitarian Collection of maps indexed by country and the type of disaster or emergency
World Bank: Measuring Income Inequality Dataset  Inequality Economy and income inequality
World Income Inequality Database (WIID) Inequality Economy and income inequality Meta-data Datasets from the US Federal Government Meta-data Datasets from UK Government
UN Statistics Division Meta-data Datasets from the UN
DPA UN Peacemaker (Peace Agreements Database) Peacemaking Database of peace agreements, guidance, material and info on the UN’s mediation support services.
PovcalNet Poverty Poverty analysis tool
World Bank: Poverty & Equity Data Poverty Global poverty indicators
World Bank: Poverty and Inequality Poverty, Inequality Poverty analysis stata programs for poverty dynamic analysis
UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) Refugee Health, Human rights Standards and indicators report for refugee health and human rights
Social Indicators (World Bank) Social Development Social development, population, health, housing, education, work
IDATD (Integrated Database of Trade Disputes for Latin America and the Caribbean) Trade Dispute Settlements and trade agreements by region and country
UNCTAD STAT Trade Database of trade and economic trends

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