What is the EU Aid Explorer?

EU Aid Explorer allows you to find comprehensive aggregate data
as well as detailed information on international development
projects funded by the EU and its Member States. The platform
does not alter or interpret the data in any way. EU Aid Explorer
is managed by the European Commission's
Directorate-General for International Cooperation and
Development (DG DEVCO)

The platform is built using European Commission data and open
data published by EU Member States to the OECD Creditor
Reporting System (CRS) and the International Aid Transparency
Initiative (IATI) standard. Data providers are the European
Commission (both the EU budget and the European Development
Fund), EU Trust Funds, the European Investment Bank and EU
Member States. The platform is overseen by DG DEVCO units A2 –
Development Financing and Effectiveness, Relations with Member
States, and R1 – Planning, Budget, Reporting.

In the European Commission, the main providers of development
and humanitarian assistance are the Directorate-General for
International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)
, the
Directorate-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement
Negotiations (DG NEAR), the Directorate-General for European
Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and the
Service for foreign policy instruments (FPI).

The EU commitment to Aid Transparency

In the new European Consensus on Development the EU and its
Member States reaffirm their commitment to applying the key
principles of development effectiveness, among them to enhance
transparency and mutual accountability, and that they will
develop tools to present and use development cooperation data
more effectively.

With a view to enhance the transparency of the development and
humanitarian assistance provided by the EU and its Member States
and support the use of this data by all stakeholders, DG DEVCO
has developed this portal which draws together all the data
published to OECD and IATI by EU institutions and Member States.
For practical reasons the European Commission data is pulled
from the internal IT-systems rather than retrieved from OECD and

How often is EU Aid Explorer updated?

The data from the European Commission is updated daily while the
data from EU Member States and the European Investment Bank is
updated monthly. Data from the OECD Creditor Reporting System
(CRS) is updated annually.

What is the OECD Creditor Reporting System (CRS)?

The Creditor Reporting System (CRS) on aid activities from
members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC),
multilateral organisations and other donors. The data are drawn
from replies from the 23 members of the OECD Development
Assistance Committee (DAC), international organisations, and
countries that are not part of the DAC. The data are part of the
official statistical reporting to the OECD. The DAC Secretariat
is responsible for data processing, quality control and
dissemination. It also provides annual aggregate statistics of
official development assistance (ODA).

What is IATI?

International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)
is a global multi-stakeholder initiative to improve the
transparency of development and humanitarian resources and their
results for addressing poverty and crises. At the heart is the
IATI Standard, which is a set of rules and guidance for
publishing useful development and humanitarian data. To publish
data according to the IATI Standard, information needs to be
provided in the data format XML. Using this format means fast,
machine-readable data can be easily exchanged, compared and
combined with other data published in the same way. This data
can be converted into less technical formats and be used by
digital tools to display the data in charts, graphs and maps.
All data published to the IATI Standard is catalogued in the
IATI Registry as published.

Why is there data missing in some parts of EU Aid Explorer?

Publishers report their project level data to IATI at varying
degrees of detail, and data is updated and continuously improved
by the publishers. EU Aid Explorer only visualises what is in
the data and does not make any corrections to the information
published to IATI. Thus, if geo-locations, policy markers,
results etc. do not appear on the platform, the publisher has
not reported this information.