Global Affairs Canada Historical Project Data Set

This data set provides statistics on Global Affairs Canada’s development work in a simple, database-friendly format. While it does not replace official reports such as the Statistical Report on International Assistance, it makes it easier to break down the former CIDA’s aid expenditures and the former DFAIT’s expenditures as of fiscal year 2013-2014, and examine the information from different points of view. For example, users can download the data files, and import them into their favorite analysis software to create dynamic tables and charts.

This data set is a single source for the Global Affairs Canada’s aid project expenditures, detailed by country, sector, type of project, and partner organization. It also contains useful information about the specific characteristics of aid projects, such as the tying status, the general policy objectives, and the type of delivery model used to deliver the aid. While some of this information is also contained in the Statistical Report, there are important distinctions between this data set and the Statistical Report:

  • The Statistical Report covers all of Canada’s international assistance expenditures, while this data set covers the vast majority of the former CIDA’s aid expenditures (grants and contributions and encashment of notes to international financial institutions) as well as the former DFAIT’s aid expenditures as of fiscal year 2013-2014.
  • The methodology used to estimate the country/region for certain types of aid (for example, long-term institutional support to multilateral organizations) differs from the one used in the Statistical Report and DAC statistics (refer to notes 1 and 2 in the data field definitions). As a result, figures may differ.

This data set is updated on a regular basis. The date on which each file is updated is included in the individual data set.