The Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are pleased to announce USAID’s foreign assistance obligation and expenditure data is now available on the Foreign Assistance Dashboard (www.foreignassistance.gov).
The Foreign Assistance Dashboard serves as a tool for users to understand the impact of U.S. foreign assistance funding by country, sector, initiative, and agency in an easy-to-understand format. The site provides a visual presentation of foreign assistance data in a standard and user-friendly way, and has become the U.S. Government’s main tool for improving foreign aid transparency.
As the lead agency in implementing U.S. foreign assistance activities around the world, the launch of USAID obligation and expenditure data on the Foreign Assistance Dashboard represents a significant step forward in the U.S. Government’s efforts to make foreign assistance more transparent. Obligation and expenditure data from USAID is available for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 through FY 2011 and will be updated regularly.
The Foreign Assistance Dashboard also contains budget planning data for the Department of State and USAID, as well as the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)’s foreign assistance budget planning, obligation, and expenditure data. Data on the site can be manually queried, filtered, and downloaded by users for further analysis.
The goal of the Foreign Assistance Dashboard is to give a wide variety of stakeholders, including U.S. citizens, civil society organizations, the Congress, U.S. Government agencies, donors, and partner country governments, the ability to examine, research, and track U.S. Government foreign assistance investments in an accessible and easy-to-understand format. The Foreign Assistance Dashboard will also play a key role in enabling the U.S. Government to report its foreign assistance data to the international community, one of the measures the U.S. Government agreed to when it became a signatory to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) in November 2011.
To understand the information presented in the Foreign Assistance Dashboard, users are encouraged to read the supplementary information under the What You Should Know section of the website. Comments, questions, or suggestions can be submitted through the Contact Us form on the site.