In many countries the increasing burden of foreign debt suggests that new aid, particularly loans, would only compound the problem. An ideology of international political economy that privileges private capital flows and trade over aid is becoming increasingly influential, shifting responsibility for development to the developing and transition economies themselves.

AidData maintains the most comprehensive project-level database tracking international development finance and have publically released the data. This visualization is based on data of bilateral development aid between 1973 and 2013 collected by AidData. It aims to answer questions on how country-to-country aid flows have changed over time and serves as an exploration tool of donations distributed across countries.

The​ ​data ​includes​ ​all​ ​forms​ ​of​ ​development​ ​finance,​ ​including Official​ ​Development​ ​Assistance​ ​(ODA),​ ​Other​ ​Official​ ​Flows​ ​(OOF),​ ​and​ ​Export​ ​Credits,​ ​and Equity​ ​Investments. ​All​ ​financial​ ​values​ ​are​ ​deflated​ ​to​ ​USD 2011.

Data Source

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42 donors committed $367 Billion in country to country aid. While over half of the 42 donors are in Europe, United States and Japan accounted for over half of the $367 Billion aid. India is the biggest recipient of aid.

How are donations distributed across countries? Select a donor or recipient country from the dropdown or click one on the map to explore. To filter by year, select a year from the dropdown or scrub your mouse over the timeline chart. Top 5 donor countries are highlighted on the map.

Overall growth of development aid has slowed down since early 2000s. Most countries swing heavily in a direction, either as a net donor or recipient country through decades as shown by the strong colors of the bubbles.

Commitment Amount

in constant USD 2011

Donor : Recipient