InterAction’s NGO Aid Map Publishes 11,500+ Projects to IATI – and Counting

Starting today, NGO Aid Map will begin publishing its data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). This means the addition of data from more than 100 InterAction member organizations with thousands of projects, spanning almost all countries and sectors. NGO Aid Map data will be published daily so there is little to no delay between the time we get data from our members and the time it becomes available via the IATI Registry. Our goal in doing so is to increase the amount of aid data available in a common format, thereby making the data from our community more useful and accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Given that so much of our members’ funding comes from private sources, we also hope to contribute to IATI’s transformation into a source of information on all financing for development – and not just official development assistance (ODA).

For the curious, here is a quick snapshot of the data we’ve just published, and a few things we think make it notable (see the Notes and More Information section below for additional details on these numbers).

  • There are 11,576 projects, active and closed, from 112 InterAction member organizations.

  • These projects represent at least $14 billion in funding for international development and humanitarian relief. This includes funding from bilateral and multilateral donors already publishing to IATI, enabling traceability. It also includes funding from private sources such as foundations, corporations, and individuals, helping shed light on the billions of (poorly understood) dollars going to recipient countries in private development aid.

  • Almost 72% of projects include sub-national geographic information, data that is essential for coordinating aid and making it more accountable at the local level. Current and potential users of aid data have called for the publication of this data time and time again.  

  • About 35% of projects provide what you might call the first half of results data, reporting on the number of individuals they aim to reach throughout the life of the project. With changes recently made to NGO Aid Map, going forward organizations will also be able to report on actual project reach.

  • Nearly 70% of projects include contact information – usually an email address, sometimes a phone number, and fairly often both. Based on past surveys, we know that these fields are used by those visiting the site. Just to give a few examples, InterAction members have reported being contacted:

    • By individual donors, who saw the organization’s work on NGO Aid Map and felt proud of the work they were helping support in Haiti;

    • By companies interested in selling their product;

    • By local organizations seeking funding;

    • By prospective volunteers looking for an assignment; or

    • By other organizations wanting to learn more about their work, including information on best practices.

Not all of these types of contacts are always welcome, granted. But some may lead to productive relationships or collaborations. And they might never have happened if data on organization’s work – including contact information – hadn’t been available.

InterAction members that participate in NGO Aid Map deserve a lot of credit for this achievement, and not just because they are voluntarily sharing information. As we saw through our Data Quality Award last year, many of them take data quality seriously and are actively working to make their data better and better. The task for us now at NGO Aid Map is to improve our platform to make it possible to share more data more easily, and to ensure that this data reaches its intended audience.   


Notes and More Information

  • For those curious about how our data fields compare to IATI’s, check out our cross-walk here.

  • The numbers provided in the snapshot are based on data submitted to NGO Aid Map as of February 3, 2016.

  • In an effort to minimize double-counting, we have not included data from members like GlobalGiving and Plan International USA, which already publish independently to IATI.

  • Only 66% of projects report budget information. While there is some double-counting in NGO Aid Map, past analysis suggests it is minimal. It is also highly unlikely that any double-counting would be so significant as to bring down the $14 billion figure given that the budgets of the 33% of projects missing budget information are not represented in this total.

  • Development Initiatives estimates that private development assistance (PDA) reached $45 billion in 2013. For more information on how PDA relates to other sources of funding for development see their 2015 Investments to End Poverty report. For information on PDA specifically – and the challenges of tracking it – see their 2014 report on Measuring Private Development Assistance.