Records in the AidData main table and research releases contain over 100 fields, but many of these are tailored for specialized project reports or research questions. For a complete list of fields and descriptions, please see the AidData User's Guide. Most users will find the most useful information in the following fields:
Donor name: Name of the donor country or multilateral organization. For more detailed information, use Implementing Agency and/or Financing Agency.
Recipient name: Name of the recipient country or region. In some cases, Private Recipient, Beneficiary or Borrower may contain relevant information.
Year: Commitment year. Other date fields may also contain useful values, but Year is always populated.
Commitment Amount: Amount the donor has agreed to provide for the duration of the project, often disbursed over the following years. Note that there are actually several commitment amount fields:
Nominal/Current: As reported by the donor, in the reported currency.
Current (USD): As reported by the donor, converted to nominal USD at the average exchange rate in effect in the commitment year.
Constant (USD): The reported amount converted to USD and adjusted for inflation and exchange rate changes. Constant amounts are all presented in USD2009 (i.e. at 2009 prices and exchange rates). See the AidData User's Guide for conversion and deflation methods.
Title, Short Description, Long Description: These fields contain descriptive information as provided by the donor. Long descriptions range from only a few sentences to several paragraphs in length.
Purpose Code: AidData has developed a granular system of sector coding, which expands the OECD’s purpose code scheme. However, coding is still underway. AidData researchers have coded projects from non-CRS sources and work is underway to add these codes to CRS-sourced data as well, but new codes have not yet been released for CRS projects. Therefore, CRS purpose codes for CRS-sourced records and AidData activity codes for non-CRS records should be used complementarily. See the AidData User's Guide for a full description of AidData’s codes and how to use them.