Realizing Agenda 2030
Helping organizations at all levels track, contextualize, and implement the sustainable development goals.
How can we track financing for sustainable development?
AidData's methodology in brief
Input: Information on development projects or financing from any source—project descriptions, budget lines, charity, private investment
Output: Disaggregated data to estimate resources allocated to individual SDG goals and targets
Input: AidData's Core Research Release 3.1, containing data on 1,252,036 official development assistance (ODA) projects from 2000-2013
Output: Financing to the SDGs Dataset, Version 1.0, containing $1.519 trillion in spending broken down by individual SDGs to estimate baseline financing in the pre-SDG era
Why disaggregate data?
By some estimates, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 will require mobilizing an additional $2.5 trillion per year from diverse sources, such as development aid, domestic budgets, and private investment. At the same time, we have no reliable or harmonized way to measure these different financial flows.
We need better data to understand whether and how different sources of financing advance the SDGs and start to answer questions such as:
- Are development partners living up to their commitments?
- Where are the greatest shortfalls and surfeits in funding for sustainable development?
- Do more resources lead to better outcomes?