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Methodology

This project is based on an initial methodology developed by Medical Mission Institute Würzburg (MMI) and updated to allow an analysis of the health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.


The database of the OECD remains the most legitimate and steady information system in terms of development assistance reporting, but the project descriptions and characteristics reported by donors are frequently insufficient and inconsistent. Furthermore, the aid transparency tools established by donor agencies in recent years still do not offer a complete coverage and documentation. This lack of systematic and meaningful information poses special difficulties for an analysis of important issues, such as allocation to subsectors, support of specific policy objectives and avoidance of double-counting.

Our present research covers the years 2014-2015; and contains findings from the Action for Global reports that were using a similar methodology for the period 2007-2013. The statistical systems of the OECD-DAC were the primary data sources for the analysis, supplemented by the IATI database and political and financial documents of individual donor.

The project includes a review of all health related projects aiming to determine the proportion going to the health sector and addressing critical health problems as defined in the relevant targets of the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development.

We used a comprehensive key-word search to identify all projects which have a reference to health. All selected projects are reviewed aiming to determine and quantify the components going to the health sector as a whole and to sub-categories corresponding to the health relevant targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In general, the resulting estimates of ODA for health are higher than the amounts officially reported by donors (up to 27% in the case of EU institutions). We have decided to exclude general budget support as they were too difficult to accurately allocate to health.

About the graphs and data: they are all referring to disbursement (except the one about tied aid) and to gross DAH (except the one on the disaggregation by categories). All amounts are expressed in the national devices (in euros for the European Union Institutions) at current prices. The graphs on the disaggregation by income levels, by type of recipients and the top 10 recipient countries are only including bilateral DAH.

For more information, please contact:
oda4health@gmail.com

The website has been developed by Julien-Guénolé François and Global Health Advocates France. The analysis was produced and co-financed by MMI and Global Health Advocates France, with the support of Adrien Vandenbunder. The project is financed by Open Society Foundation.