The methodology for mapping aid to country budget
classifications is the result of extensive research and
consultation, as well as agreement by the IATI Steering
Committee and the OECD
Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT).
A series of reports developed the original methdology
that the final work is based on. In July 2010, a
Working Paper by the Overseas Development Institute,
International Budget Partnership, and Publish What You
Fund considered the relationship between various
international classifications (particularly COFOG and
the OECD DAC's CRS) and country-level budget
classifications. A subsequent
report commisioned by the IATI Steering Committee
recommended that donors map to
a common codelist, which would then be mapped at country
level to country-specific classifications. A
further report refined the methodology and tested it
against 35-40 country budgets, finding that it was a
robust approach to mapping donor data to country budgets.
We conducted a series of country pilots in order to
test the methodology and learn lessons around process.
To ensure a large enough sample size, we included
five donors and five countries, with projects totaling
USD 3.5 million.
The full set of data used in this pilot is available
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||Mappable to budget classifications (% of value)
||13% capital; 87% recurrent
||Canada, World Bank
||27% capital; 73% recurrent
||USAID, World Bank
||2% capital; 97% recurrent
Amounts show % of project value that can be mapped
to various budget classifications.
– indicates that the pilot did not attempt to map
to this classification.
We presented the work at the following meetings, in
order to raise awareness of the work and gain feedback
budget and AIMS
experts, and check that this
methodology will help to improve the coverage of aid
data in partner countries' budgets.
We presented and discussed this work at the following
- WP-STAT formal meeting (September 2014)
- World Bank Annual Meetings (October 2014)
- IATI Steering Committee (October 2014)
- Effective Institutions Platform (October 2014)
In general, we received very positive feedback on the
principle and the methodology of this work. Several questions
were raised on the practicality of implementation. The
country pilots generally suggested that these concerns
could be overcome – the level of effort from
donors appeared to be quite low while leading to some
big improvements in the amount of aid that could be
mapped to partner country budgets.
Governance and agreement
The work was led by a working group of the IATI Technical
Advisory Group (TAG), the IATI TAG Working Group on Aid and
Formal proposals were presented to, and approved by,
the IATI Steering Committee and the WP-STAT.