The new Donor Tracker: A free, independent website that offers up-to-date analysis of 14 major OECD donors
On 30 November 2016, SEEK Development launched an updated and expanded version of the Donor Tracker website, featuring comprehensive profiles of 14 major donors that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC).
The Donor Tracker seeks to advance global development by providing advocates with easy access to high-quality quantitative and qualitative strategic information to support their work.
“The Donor Tracker is an excellent tool for advocates everywhere to understand ODA budget processes in other countries and who the key players are in development policy,” says Dr Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in Geneva.
The web site features donor profiles of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the European Union institutions. Profiles of Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, and the United States will follow. The Donor Tracker focuses in more depth on the areas of global health, nutrition, agriculture, and global health research and development within each profile, which is downloadable in its entirety or in sections. It also features topical global development policy updates, news and events.
“There is a lot of data available out there on official development assistance – but there is not a lot of in-depth analysis to help people understand the political and practical contexts in which donors make their ODA funding decisions,” says Ann Starrs, President and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute in New York. “The Donor Tracker pulls this all together.”
SEEK’s own work in global development policy led to the growing recognition that there was no ‘one-stop’ resource for understandable information and analysis of ODA. To fill this gap, SEEK created the first version of the Donor Tracker in 2011, initially focusing on global health and Europe. In 2015, SEEK decided to expand the site and cover more topics and countries to serve advocates and other global development professionals, as well as journalists, researchers, analysts and students of global development.
“The Donor Tracker provides advocates working in global development with information that is critical for their work: It explains how political decisions are taken, what kind of strategic priorities donors have and helps them to identify key advocacy opportunities during the political year,” says Joe Cerrell, Managing Director, Global Policy and Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
SEEK’s purpose in creating the new Donor Tracker is to make essential data, analysis, and insights into donors’ funding quickly and easily available to advocates working for more and better funding for global development. It highlights donors’ funding trends, strategic priorities, and potential opportunities for others to advocate for development.
Funding for the Donor Tracker is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All content is created by SEEK Development and it is independent. The Donor Tracker is provided as a public good without any charges.
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