New data from the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) presents a more detailed picture of spending in important sectors such as education. IATI allows donors to report components of projects to different sub-sectors, showing where aid money is going more clearly.
DFID invested £28 million of aid in Nigerian education in 2012. While IATI and the OECD Creditor Reporting System (CRS) have the same overall total, IATI reveals spending within several sub-sectors – a very different picture from the CRS.
IATI breaks the £28 million down further into sub-sectors: educational facilities and training account for £3.0 million (11%), teacher training for £2.9 million (10%), as well as educational research, basic life skills for youth and adults, and secondary education. The share of aid going to ‘education policy & administrative management’ is under a third (29%) in IATI, compared with 73% in the CRS, while it rises for primary education from 27% to 39%.
The difference is even starker at the project level. For example, a £20 million project reported to the CRS under the single sub-sector ‘education policy & administrative management’* is broken down into 6 components in IATI.
IATI reveals a clearer picture of donor aid spending in key sectors and important sub-sectors, such as teacher training and education facilities, that are not shown in CRS records. This new, more detailed information will improve policy-making, for example by identifying underfunded areas, and enable better decisions.
* CRS project ID 104200-101.