Every year, a global development finance (or “aid”) budget of US$ 250 billion is allocated to developing countries. This financial support is critical, especially for the world’s poorest countries who have basic development deficits and challenges.

Development finance flows via a complex architecture of developed countries, multilateral funds, development banks, UN and other agencies to “recipient” developing countries. This architecture makes it difficult to get a clear picture of where funding is coming from, where it is going, what it is being used for, and what impacts it is having.

Transforming our understanding of development finance

Aid Atlas seeks to transform our understanding of the way development finance is working by providing interactive visualisations of development finance commitments and disbursements that shows which countries are providing development finance to whom.

Tanzania's development finance, it's funders and sectors targeted
Development finance provided to Tanzania, by funders and sectors targeted Illustration: Aid Atlas

It makes the data that donors report in the OECD’s Creditor Reporting System easily accessible and allows users to tailor the analysis based on what they’re looking for and get deeper into the data.

The user could be interested in finding out what sector a particular donor has been funding in the last few years. It could also be to find out into which policy categories money from a particular donor has gone into, for example climate finance, biodiversity finance, desertification or gender.

Development finance commitments to Southern Africa by top sectors
Development finance commitments to Southern Africa by top sectors Illustration: Aid Atlas

Aid Atlas allows both ready-to-download reports in PDF format as well as raw data downloads.