New draft Guidance Note on Aid Information Management Systems: please send us your feedback at
to help CDDE further strengthen this note and make sure it is as useful as possible to Governments that are planning to develop an AIMS, or who would like to get better results from their existing AIMS. It will also be of interest to donors, CSOs and parliamentarians. The note has been prepared with the support of the Capacity Development for Development Effectiveness (CDDE) Facility and UNDP.
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Aid information management systems (AIMS) are designed to assist developing countries in managing their aid flows. They consist of a database of aid commitments, disbursements and activities, together with a mechanism for keeping the information continuously updated. AIMS help developing countries to incorporate aid flows onto their national budgets and improve the overall alignment of assistance with country priorities.
AIMS bring together project-level information on commitments and disbursements, and may also include information on aid-financed expenditures, activities and results. This information can be aggregated to generate overall figures on aid flows, or broken down by sector or geographic area. They are usually web-based systems that rely on development partners to enter data on their assistance. The systems are therefore dependent upon institutional mechanisms to encourage regular and accurate data entry.
AIMS provide an interface between donor and recipient information systems. Financial data should be captured in a format that is compatible with the national budget, to assist government with programming aid alongside its national resources. Some systems have been designed to track Paris Declaration indicators at project level – for example, by recording data on aid modalities and delivery arrangements.