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Barbaig community Bank members counting their money during an open Bank day (Tanzania, Africa).

JRC developed EU Aid Explorer, a unique web tool that provides easy access to clear, complete and accurate data on development and humanitarian aid around the world.© EU, 2008 (Sawiche Wamunza)

Easy access to external aid data with the EC web tool "EU Aid Explorer"


Launched today at the European Development Days in Brussels, 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 JRC in close collaboration with two other Commission Directorates-General (Development and Cooperation, and Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection).

EU Aid Explorer is a one-stop shop for aid information: it facilitates donor coordination, ensures transparency and improves accountability to citizens. 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 IATI (International Aid Transparency Initiative). 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. 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 was presented at the European Development Days in Brussels (26-27 November 2013). This event brings together Heads of State and Governments from Africa, and EU institutions, EU ministers, representatives of UN institutions, civil society, academia and the private sector. Discussions focus on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the need for a strong common European position to address global poverty and sustainable development after 2015. The event provides a unique opportunity for stakeholders, donors and key players in development to come together to contribute to the EU vision for development, post-2015.

The EU is collectively the biggest donor in the world, providing over 50 billion euros 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.