The EU is collectively the biggest donor in the world, providing over €50bn a year to help overcoming poverty and advance global development. It is committed to implementing the international agreements on aid effectiveness and to being accountable to EU citizens who make solidarity initiatives possible. EU Aid Explorer is part of fulfilling the specific transparency commitments within the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness 2005, the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid 2007, Accra Agenda for Action 2008, and Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation 2011. By making data easily accessible, countries, beneficiaries, EU citizens and implementing partners can examine the use of donor funds and donors themselves can improve coordination and effectiveness.
EU Aid Explorer is a unique web tool that provides easy access to clear, complete and accurate data on development and humanitarian aid around the world. Maps and graphs are used to visualise which donor is active where, which sectors and countries receive how much assistance and how funding changes over time. EU Aid Explorer has been developed by the European Commission Joint Research Centre.
EU Aid Explorer is a one-stop shop for aid information: it facilitates donor coordination, ensures transparency and improves accountability to citizens. All donors who report their aid data to international standards are covered by the site. The data used in this new tool is taken from a range of sources: the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), UN OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), EDRIS (the European Commission’s European Disaster Response Information System) and the IATI (International Aid Transparency Initiative) registry. The added value of EU Aid Explorer is that independently of where the data is coming from, there is a standardised web interface through which this data is made available to users. EU Aid Explorer is designed to help anyone with an interest in the figures behind aid: policymakers looking for evidence, civil society activists holding donors to account, journalists who need background figures for their stories.