New data from the International Aid transparency Initiative (IATI) reveals a more accurate breakdown of funding towards important areas such as malaria control. IATI allows donors to report components of projects in more detail than the OECD’s Creditor Reporting System (CRS) does. IATI data reveals more detail than ever before on how aid is invested.
DFID’s aid to malaria control to the developing world in 2012 was 28% more than reported to the CRS.
Project data reported to the CRS suggest that DFID provided £93 million of aid for malaria control in 2012, through 22 projects in 8 countries. IATI data shows that only £88 million of the components of these projects target malaria control directly (red part of the bar above). The rest is attributed to other purpose codes, such as sexually transmitted disease control including HIV/AIDS.
But IATI also reveals an additional £30 million of malaria control aid (grey area of bar above), giving a global total of £119 million. Overall, this funding is spread across 39 projects (17 more than shown in the CRS) and in two more countries – Ethiopia and India – than are captured in CRS reporting.
As these are components of larger projects with other main purposes, they are not recorded in the CRS as being for malaria control. The sectors this spending is recorded as in the CRS include £16 million under sexually transmitted disease control, £10 million under basic health care, £4 million under reproductive health care, and some further aid under infectious disease control and statistical capacity building.
One example is a £68 million project in Ethiopia: recorded as basic health care in the CRS*, multi-sector reporting in IATI shows that about 15% (£10 million) was for malaria control.