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Disaster aid tracking

Disaster Aid Tracking

Hemang Karelia

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

The World Bank

Presentation outline
Presentation Outline

0. Introduction

  • Why do we need it?

  • How are we doing it!

  • Where have we reached…

  • What is so special about it?

  • …where do we want to go.

    Questions.. Ideas.. Collaboration..















Why do we need it


Why do we need it?

Summary from the publication ‘Delivering Aid Differently – Lessons from the Field’ (Fengler and Kharas 2010)

Turning aid information into impact


Turning Aid Information into Impact

In the face of Disaster Risk Management:

  • How can donors, recipients and NGOs better coordinate their efforts?

  • How can governments better plan their budgets and optimize external and domestic resources for Disaster Risk Reduction, Recovery and Reconstruction (DR4)?

  • How can citizens provide feedback on aid projects?

  • How can the trends and lessons learnt from past interventions help us doing better job in on-going and future efforts?

By improving dr4 aid information


By Improving DR4 Aid Information

  • Increase the Value of DR4 Information

    • Align all activities with global standards, such as HFA priorities for DRR, IATI standards for Aid Transparency and most importantly, OECD CRS classification codes for global inter-operability

    • Improve descriptions of aid activities

    • Maintain or improve data quality

    • Make aid information accessible to all

  • Increase the Coverage on DR4 Activities

    • Publish non-traditional donors

    • Include flows not classified as Official Development Assistance (ODA)

    • Expand into private and foundation aid

How are we doing it aiddata model


How Are We Doing it – AidData Model

Direct work with Donors

Collecting From Public Sources

Re-Published from Aggregators

OECD CreditorReportingSystem(CRS)

Brazil, India,Czech Republic

World Bank,Kuwait,China

Data Quality Process



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Two-tier approach:

  • Added 11 sub-sector “activity” codes in line with 5 HFA priority areas, and further classified projects to get enhanced granularity for DR4 projects. Used UNISDR’s DRR Terminology as a key reference.

  • Scanned other 20 activity codes in other Purpose-codes where DR4 related projects could be found and double-coded them to be part of Disaster Aid Tracking.

The effort


The Effort

  • Identified over 70,000 projects out of 900,000 that indicated high-relevance to DR4

  • Arbitration process and Quality check led by Senior Arbitrators using AidData technology

  • Included 67,000 projects in the CRS spanning from 1973 to 2008 ($98 B in USD 2000) and 3,000 projects from non-OECD members ($23 B in USD 2000)

  • Identified projects into roughly 54,000 unique descriptions

  • 20 Research Assistants double coded each of the unique descriptions (54,000 projects x 2!)

Where have we reached


Where have we reached…

  • Double coded all projects in the sectors identified as potentially having DRM projects in them.  

  • Adapted AidData arbitration system to process records according to the GFDRR coding scheme.  

  • Finalized the technical implementation of the Disaster Aid Tracking portal and dashboard.

  • Conducted a series of informal interviews with data specialists and other experts to gather feedback on how we can improve the dashboard.

What s so special about it


What’s so special about it?

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  • Isolated and classified all DR4 projects in-line with HFA* priorities for action

  • Open source and collaborative technology

  • Rich data visualization tools (dashboard) for effective reporting and decision making

  • Application Programming Interface (API)

  • Widgets to share

  • Fully compatible with OECD CRS

    * Hyogo Framework of Action for Disaster Risk Reduction

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Where do we want to go


Where do we want to go

  • Geocoding all disaster related projects

  • Allow crowd-sourcing in aid information management and reporting

  • Community-based Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Mobile Applications

  • Allow posting of a project specific reports and knowledge products




  • Partnership with the World Bank

  • How we help

    • Tag exact location of aid projects

    • Show over- and under-served areas

    • Make aid information accessible to non-experts

  • Increases transparency

    • Locate areas of greatest need

    • View locations of off-budget projects

    • Decreases duplication and waste

    • Enable accountability at the local level


Aid data and the crowd


Aid Data and the Crowd

  • Need for On-the-ground Aid Information

    • Lack of information about outcomes

    • No reliable mechanism to give recipients a voice in aid

    • Little coordination on the ground

  • Opening AidData to Make DR4 Aid Better

    • Empower recipients and civil society to give feedback on DR4 projects

    • Improve quality of aid information

    • Increase transparency in the aid management process

    • Enhance accountability in disaster related interventions

Mobile applications


Mobile Applications

  • Access DR4 aid information on the go

  • Locate projects near you

  • Enable citizen feedback

  • Foster accountability and increase effectiveness

Next steps


Next steps

  • To get the DR4 project classification methodology peer-reviewed and endorsed in close collaboration with ISDR system, OECD, major donors and think-tanks/experts. This will essentially involve:

    • Freezing the definitions and classification criteria for disaster related terms.

    • Establishing a protocol for quantifying DR4 component in multi-sector projects.

    • Implementation

  • To extend the system in phased manner for national DRR platforms/aid coordinating agencies.

Thank you


Thank you

  • Ideas

  • Questions

  • Collaboration

  • What next?

Contact us
Contact us



Hemang Karelia

[email protected]

Riccardo De MarchiTrevisan

[email protected]