We are pleased to announce the donors that will be included in the 2018 Aid Transparency Index and the timeline for data collection.

Data collection for the 2018 Index will start on 1st December 2017 and end on 9th March 2018. The final report will be launched in June 2018.


The full, updated methodology, including the full list of donors and explanation of how each indicator is calculated, can be found in our 2018 Technical Paper. For those that missed it, the key differences between the old and new methodologies are also outlined in our 2018 Guidelines document.

This Index comes at a promising time where aid transparency is increasingly recognised as a global norm. It has featured in commitments by the United Nations, G7, the European Union, the United States and others.

The 2016 Index assessed donors’ progress towards the December 2015 deadline of the original commitment to transparency set in Busan in 2011. It revealed some cause for celebration with a clutch of donors publishing their information to a very good standard. Progress was, however, mixed and our project work on using open aid data since then has shown that, overall, the quality of data needs to be consistently much higher for it to be both useful and used.

The focus of the 2018 Index is therefore moving beyond commitments and into practice. With the publication of data comes responsibility – both in terms of ensuring the data is comprehensive enough to be useful and also by enabling it to be used both internally and by partner countries and civil society. We will continue to focus predominantly on bilateral donors so as to continue to help moving them towards better publication and use.

To this end, the criteria for selecting donors has also changed. Now, donors will be included in the Index if they meet at least three out of four of the following criteria:

  • The organisation is in majority public ownership, with one or multiple governments as shareholders;
  • Its primary purpose is providing aid and/or development finance across borders, or it is responsible for the oversight and administration of significant proportions of aid for development resources;
  • Its budget for aid and/or development – or the resources that organisation has at its disposal to spend upon aid and development – is at least US$1 billion per year;
  • The organisation plays a leading role in setting aid and/or development policy in its home country, region or specialist sector.

To keep the number of donors in line with the 2016 report, it also became necessary to include an absolute minimum threshold: all organisations included in the Index must have a budget to spend on aid and/or development of at least US$250 million per year.

The list of organisations included in the 2018 Index has been revised and now totals 45. As in previous years and in keeping with the changing aid landscape, the final selection also includes some multilaterals, including development finance institutions and humanitarian providers, and a philanthropic foundation.

As before, we will work closely with donor organisations and our independent reviewers to make sure that the data we collect is as accurate as possible. All organisations included in the 2018 Index will be given the opportunity to review the information we collect and to share their feedback during the data collection period.

Both the organisation being assessed and an independent reviewer will be involved to make sure our assessment is as objective as possible. For the first time, donors can take advantage of our Data Quality Tester to independently check the quality of their IATI data before they upload it to the registry.

Donors to be included in the 2018 Aid Transparency Index


  1. African Development Bank
  2. Asian Development Bank
  3. Australia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  4. Belgium Development Agency
  5. Canada, Global Affairs
  6. China, Ministry of Commerce
  7. Denmark, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  8. European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  9. European Commission, DG Development and Cooperation
  10. European Commission, DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
  11. European Commission, DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection
  12. European Investment Bank
  13. Finland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  14. France, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs
  15. French Development Agency
  16. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  17. GAVI Alliance
  18. Germany, Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development – GIZ
  19. Germany, Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development – KfW
  20. Inter-American Development Bank
  21. Ireland, Irish Aid
  22. Italy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  23. Japan International Cooperation Agency
  24. Japan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  25. Korean International Cooperation Agency
  26. Netherlands, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  27. New Zealand, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  28. Norway, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  29. Spain, Agency for International Development Cooperation
  30. Sweden, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  31. Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
  32. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  33. United Arab Emirates, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  34. United Kingdom, Department for International Development
  35. United Kingdom, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  36. United Nations Children’s Fund
  37. United Nations Development Programme
  38. United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  39. United States Agency for International Development
  40. United States, Department of Defense
  41. United States, Department of State
  42. United States, Millennium Challenge Cooperation
  43. United States, President’s Emergency Fund Plan for AIDS Relief
  44. World Bank, International Development Association
  45. World Bank, International Finance Corporation