Follow the Money: Using International Aid Transparency Initiative data to trace development aid flows to their end use

by Simon Parish, Marc J. Cohen, and Tigist Mekuria
Oxfam International, February 2018

20 pp. 1.0 MB

What percentage of aid reaches the intended recipient country? This methodology tool can be used to calculate this, but more aid data transparency is needed. This note provides guidance on using International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) data to trace aid flows from donor treasuries to their final end use. Traceability in IATI works by following the money as it flows from organization to organization through the development implementation chain. Provided that all organizations publish their information, it is possible to assess how much of the total funding at the beginning of the implementation chain is spent on goods and services, and where the money is spent.

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