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3. How do you choose which organisations to include in the Index?

Organisations have been selected using three criteria:

  • They are a large donor Official Development Assistance (ODA) spend is more than USD 1bn);
  • They have a significant role and influence as the country’s major aid agency and engagement with the Busan agenda;
  • They are an institution to which government or organisation-wide transparency commitments apply, for example members of the G7 or all U.S. agencies.

Organisations need to meet a minimum of two of these criteria to be included in the Aid Transparency Index. There are some donors that are spending more than USD 1bn in ODA that have not been included, for example India, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, even though others spending lower volumes of ODA have been retained. This is because the latter are covered by government or organisation-wide transparency commitments (e.g. U.S. government-wide commitment to aid transparency). Although we would like to include more donor organisations in the Index, this is not possible currently due to resource constraints.