1. What kind of projects are published on this website?
The website publishes DFID projects related to developmental
activities which were ongoing in August 2009 when this site originally went
live. Projects that have been completed since this date will
also be shown.
2. Why do some projects appear to have missing data?
Data on projects may appear incomplete at times due to the
Information relating to conditionality and aid effectiveness is now being
captured, but only for projects started from 2008 onwards, so historical
projects may not this data.
The completion of certain fields is dependent on the stage and budget size
of the project, so will at times appear blank.
3. Why do some projects display more information fields
There may be commercial sensitivities around disclosing some
budgetary information, for example when going to tender during a
procurement exercise. Financial information may not be displayed
during such phases.
4. How do I see component financial details?
In the search results, click on the blue project name on the project search page.
This takes you to the Project details page with a summary of the project and a line
for each component. Maximising the Component details and then maximising the Component
financial details will display a table showing spend and budget details for the component.
5. What is a 'project component'?
Projects are set up with one or more components. Each
component represents the type of funding for a particular aspect
of the project. For example, a project to provide budget support
to a particular country may have a component for the budget
support itself and another for technical assistance to the
Ministry of Finance to audit the use of the funds. Or, a project
for humanitarian assistance would have separate components for
buying medical supplies (procurement of goods) and engaging
search and rescue teams (procurement of services). It is
possible for projects to have more than one component of the
same type, for example where grants are being given to a number
of civil society organisations within the same country for the
same purpose. This helps DFID track its budgets and expenditure
according to various categories.
6. Why do components of some projects display more
information fields than others?
This sometimes occurs due to certain fields being
displayed/hidden depending on whether they are relevant (for
example causes for suspension of disbursement for a project will
not be displayed if there has not been a suspension.)
7. Why do components of some projects appear operational
after their end date?
Some of the projects shown consist of a number of components
which are shown as links in the 'Other project components'
section. The end date shown represents the date on which
activity finishes for the component, which is only marked as
'completed' when all associated financial transactions have been
cleared. This may take up to six months to complete after the
actual project work has finished.
8. Why does the information reported on this website not
reconcile with other reporting outputs for example OECD DAC tables
or Statistics on International Development?
The information reported on this website may not match other
outputs for a number of reasons for example The data reported to
the DAC are based on a calendar year basis, whereas this website
presents data by financial year. The information reported
on this website covers DFID activities only, whereas the data
reported to the DAC also include Official Development Assistance
from other official UK sources (for example the Foriegn &
Commonwealth Office). The sectors reported here are based
on DFID's multisectoral approach, which means that up to 8 input
sector codes can be allocated to a project component. However,
when we report to the DAC, only one sector is reported for each
project component. The multilateral core contributions
reported on this website are the full amounts, whereas in DAC
reporting only the ODA proportion of the contribution is
reported. This only affects a small number of multilateral
organisations. Data reported to the DAC only include aid
to recipients defined as eligible, whereas the information
reported on this website covers expenditure to all recipients.
The data reported in
Statistics on International Development are
based on a 'cash' basis, in line with international reporting
practices, whereas the data reported here are on a 'resource'
basis (i.e. expenditure is recorded at the time goods and
services are consumed rather than when they are brought to
book). For more information on what is reported to the DAC
please see the
DAC reporting directives.
9. How can I find out what DFID is doing on climate change?
For consistency with the international development community,
DFID's work is categorised here according to DAC terminology.
Please look at 'General environmental protection' on the search
by sector page - most climate change initiatives are classified
10. How do I copy project details into a spreadsheet?
Select either of the options 'Export Project Search Results' or 'Export Project Finance Search Results'
at the top of the Project search results list and follow the dialog boxes.
11. How do I find projects in the Middle East?
To find projects in the Middle East, click on 'see all locations', then select 'Iraq',
'Middle East', 'West Bank and Gaza' or 'Yemen' as appropriate (it's possible to select more than
one from the list). As you select each item, the search will be carried out and your search
results will include more projects.
12. What does 'World Unallocated' in the Continent filter mean?
This is used for projects that impact multiple continents,
multiple regions across continents or multiple countries across
regions/continents. It can also refer to projects whose output
is for the developing world as a whole, for example research.
13. Why do some project components show negative
There are various reasons for this. It may for example
represent a return of funding due to underspending when DFID has
been providing upfront funding; an internal transfer of funds;
repayment of loans; reclaimed VAT and accruals where DFID may be
awaiting an invoice this financial year which has already been
recorded in the previous year.
14. How can I add information about DFID's projects to my
You can download an xml file containing all the project data on this site to your PC
so that you can use the data on your own web site by selecting the 'XML extract of the DFID project information database' option on the Project search screen.
15. Are any further enhancements planned for this site?
We redesigned this website in Summer 2010, focussing on improving the usability of the
pages and aligning them better with the rest of the DFID website. We now intend to build
on this new platform by adding more information in line with meeting our objectives for
IATI and wider transparency initiatives.
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