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Strengthening transparency in aid: EU Aid Explorer

The EU is the largest provider of external aid in the world. Article 210 of the Treaty for the Functioning of the EU foresees that the Union and its member states coordinate their policies on development cooperation and consult each other on their aid programmes. One of the goals of Europe 2020 is to improve the efficiency of the EU aid programmes notably through the efficient division of labour with EU member states.

EU Aid Explorer is an EU donors' coordination tool developed by the European Commission with the primary objective of facilitating the sharing of aid funding data across EU donors, so that the data can be used in a decision making capacity across all levels of the funding lifecycle.
EU Aid Explorer has been designed to allow anyone with an interest in the figures behind EU aid to obtain clear, complete and accurate data on development and humanitarian aid around the world. For example, it may be used by policymakers looking for evidence, civil society activists holding donors to account, journalists who need background figures. By making data easily accessible, countries, beneficiaries, EU citizens and implementing partners will be able to easily examine the use of donor funds whilst donors themselves will be able to improve coordination and effectiveness of their funding.

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 visualize which donor is active where, which sectors and countries receive how much assistance and how funding changes over time.
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.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 (European Commission’s European Disaster Response Information System) and IATI (International Aid Transparency Initiative).

EU Aid Explorer has been developed by the Joint Research Centre in close collaboration with the Commission Directorates-General for Development and Cooperation and for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.