The Donor Tracker seeks to advance and support progress in global development by providing advocates with easy access to high-quality quantitative and qualitative strategic information to support their work.
The Donor Tracker is a unique online resource that offers free, independent, up-to-date analysis of 14 major OECD donors. Covering 90% of the world’s official development assistance (ODA), the Donor Tracker provides data-driven insights on strategic priorities, funding trends, decision-making and key opportunities.
A study by the European Parliament takes an in-depth look at the impact ‘Brexit’ could have on the EU’s official development assistance (ODA). The study finds that the EU’s ODA could decrease by up to 3% within the current multi-annual financial framework (MFF 2014-2020) if the UK withdraws from the EU by 2019 as planned. In the longer term, a Brexit could create significant shortfalls in the EU's ODA budget within the next MFF 2021-2027. These reductions would challenge the institutions' role as one of the largest global donors of development assistance. The Parliament's report considers that a post-Brexit UK might still continue contributing to EU assistance, giving three possible scenarios: 1) a ‘cosmopolitan’ outlook, by which the UK would maintain its current ODA levels and continue to spend around half in conjunction with the EU, 2) a ‘realist’ scenario, and 3) a ‘nationalist’ scenario. Under the worst-case 'nationalist' scenario, the UK could face cuts to its ODA budget by 30%, leaving “no possibilities for UK-EU collaboration”.
On March 22, 2017, Canada’s Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, tabled the Trudeau government’s budget for the 2017-2018 financial year. The budget outlined the government’s plan to launch a development finance institution (DFI), an idea which was initially introduced by the Harper government in 2015. The DFI will be capitalized at CAD300 million, and is to be established as a wholly owned subsidiary under Export Development Canada, a Crown corporation that serves as Canada’s export credit agency. The budget does not make reference to the International Assistance Envelope, Canada’s main ODA budget tool.
The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) hosts a conference entitled “Inclusive and Sustainable Economies Powering the Sustainable Development Agenda” from March 27 to 28, 2017. This Second PAGE Ministerial Conference in Berlin follows the First Global Conference in Dubai, which took place in 2014. This year's conference brings together over 300 leaders from governments, civil society, private sector, development partners, media, and the public to discuss the role of economic and financial policies and practices in addressing climate change and achieving the SDGs. In particular, the conference focuses on the themes of green investments, sustainable lifestyles, and inclusive growth. It is co-hosted by the German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). The agenda includes a number of high-level keynote speakers.
Location: Berlin, Germany
On March 28, 2017, the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights issues its annual white paper on its activities and the development of human rights in Norway to the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget). The annual report highlights trends and challenges relevant to a wide range of areas, including coercion in the health and care sector, elderly care, freedom of expression, indigenous peoples, national minorities, freedom of religion, business and human rights, privacy, child protection, asylum and immigration, and legal aid. This year, special attention is given to the issue of underaged asylum seekers in Norway.
There is a lot of data available out there on official development assistance – but there is not a lot of in-depth analysis to help people understand the political and practical contexts in which donors make their ODA funding decisions. The Donor Tracker pulls this all together.
”— Ann Starrs, President and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute in New York
The Donor Tracker is an excellent tool for advocates everywhere to understand ODA budget processes in other countries and who the key players are in development policy.
”— Dr Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva
The Donor Tracker provides advocates working in global development with information that is critical for their work: It explains how political decisions are taken, what kind of strategic priorities donors have and helps them to identify key advocacy opportunities during the political year.
”— Joe Cerrell, Managing Director, Global Policy and Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
To advance the global health agenda, it is important to understand how donors think: What is important to them, what do they fund? Which political factors influence their preferences? The Donor Tracker responds to these questions for every major donor. It’s incredibly useful.
”— Dean Jamison, Professor of Global Health at the University of California in San Francisco