Sweden, like all developed countries, is obliged to report annually on its development cooperation assistance disbursed to different countries and sectors. To maintain integrity in the reporting of finance, it is important that the methods used to classify it as supporting different policy objectives – such as climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services, and environment – are robust and that there is some internal consistency in the way data is categorised.

At the project level, this means evaluating the interpretation of data on overall financial contributions as well as on individual project components, to ensure it is accurately captured and classified.

In 2011, Sida assigned its Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change, in collaboration with SEI, to undertake a desktop review of its classification results for a sample of projects. The purpose was to evaluate how accurately Sida’s spending data was reported as contributing towards the policy markers of the OECD Development Assessment Committee (DAC), specifically for climate change adaptation, mitigation, biodiversity and ecosystem services, and environment.

Note: This was an internal report for Sida. For more information, email co-author Aaron Atteridge.