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International Government Data & Statistics: Open Data


Many international organizations have embraced open data, which typically includes data on project funding, loans and financing,  budgets, contracts, and procurement.  The group spearheading the effort is the International Aid Transparency Initiative.  Their Standard is a common, open format for publishing data which makes it possible for government officials, NGOs, and ordinary citizens to see or display funding information online.    

Projects Loans and Operations

Gateway Sites

Aid Data. Data from bilateral and multilateral agencies at the project level. Includes data visualization tools, articles on development aid and geo-coded data at the project level. See replication datasets with research articles on aid allocation & effectiveness.

d-Portal.  Easy to use, comprehensive, open source data from hundreds of national governments, NGOs and multilateral organizations. From the International Aid Transparency Initiative.

Illicit Financial Flows.  Illegal movements of money or capital from one country to another from funds that are illegally earned, transferred, and/or utilized.

International Aid Transparency Initiative.  Voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to improve the transparency of aid, development, and humanitarian resources in order to increase their effectiveness in tackling poverty.

Open Aid Data. Detailed developing aid finance data from around the world combining data from various sources.

UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office.  Project funding data gateway from agencies in the UN Family of Organizations. 


Public procurement is the purchase of goods, services by governments makes up a significant portion of many economies.  

​The OECD maintains a web site on this topic and has also published the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.

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Data Revolution Group. List of International Organization Projects (some defunct) and conferences about the use of Big Data in the generation of Official Statistics.

The Road to Hell is is Paved with Brightly Coloured Bubble Maps. Amusing perspective on the publishing of open government data. 

The United Nations Data Revolution Report.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked an Independent Expert Advisory Group to make concrete recommendations on bringing about a data revolution in sustainable development. The results are in this report.