Tracking aid flows in light of the Covid-19 crisis
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This tracker uses a unique real-time data to track and analyse aid commitments in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and bring forth evidence about how aid trends may be changing.
The data is sourced from the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). Real-time data from IATI is not curated and therefore open to small changes as the data is updated. This could result in changes to aspects of historical transactions as well as movement of transactions from one month to another. This can be due, for example, to adjustments between operations and accounting departments, journal entries to deal with accrual accounting or cumulative reporting over a quarter.
We compare data for 2018, 2019 and 2020 to show the changes in aid flows from pre-Covid levels. Our briefing ‘How is aid changing in the Covid-19 pandemic?’, contains more detail on our methodology. Additional data will be added each month as donors publish more recent information on their aid commitments.
The data in this tool is updated monthly. It currently shows data up to the end of 2020.
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Figure 1: Aid commitments from IFIs have grown substantially in 2020 compared to 2019 – while bilateral donors’ aid commitments have declined
Aid commitments by key bilateral donors, IFIs and multilateral institutions (2018–2020)
Figure 2: IFI aid disbursements have accelerated while bilateral disbursements have slightly decreased
Aid disbursements by key bilateral donors, IFIs and multilateral institutions (2018–2020)
Figure 3: Proportionally, bilateral aid commitments to the poorest countries have slightly increased
Comparison of aid to country income groupings for bilateral donors (2018–2020)
Figure 4: Proportionally, IFI commitments to LICs marginally dropped between 2019 and 2020
Comparison of aid to country income groupings for IFIs (2018–2020)
Figure 5: The proportion of aid commitments to countries with the highest rates of extreme poverty has grown slightly, including a slight increase from 19% to 20% from IFIs
Comparison of aid by poverty banding between bilateral donors and IFIs (2018–2020)
Figure 6: Bilateral donors have maintained aid commitments to health, driving proportional increases in social sectors, but at the expense of other sectors
Changes by bilateral donors in broad sector focus (2018–2020)
Figure 7: Aid commitments from IFIs have increased across a range of sectors, with a particular focus on social sectors
Changes by IFIs in broad sector focus (2018–2020)
Figure 8: Bilateral donors have focused aid commitments on health at the expense of other sectors while IFIs have seen increases across the board with a proportionally greater focus on social protection, education and health
Sector percentage changes for bilateral donors and IFIs (2019–2020)
Aid data 2019–2020: Analysis of trends before and during Covid
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How is aid changing in the Covid-19 pandemic?
This briefing sets out near real-time data on aid for the first half of 2020. It shows how commitments are changing in the Covid-19 pandemic and where these are most likely to affect the poorest people and places.
Adapting aid to end poverty: Delivering the commitment to leave no one behind in the context of Covid-19
This report calls for us to refocus ODA (aid) in the context of Covid-19, shifting the ‘leave no one behind’ agenda from inclusive growth to inclusive recovery. It analyses changes to poverty and how the pandemic has impacted finance vital to the poorest people.