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Aid Information Management Systems (AIMS)

New draft Guidance Note on Aid Information Management Systems: please send us your feedback at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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.



Core texts (1)

  Role of AIMS in implementing the Paris Declaration
  TAGS :    Aid Information management systems    OECD DAC    Aid Tracking   Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness
  Author(s): OECD-DAC; Development Assistance Committee
Year: 2006
This paper from the DAC Working Party on Aid Effectiveness argues that AIMS make an important contribution to implementing the Paris Declaration by encouraging improved alignment and predictability of aid, tracking the use of country systems for aid delivery, improving harmonisation at the sectoral level, facilitating results-oriented reporting and assessment frameworks, and improving mutual accountability through increased transparency.

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Evidence & Analysis (1)

  Lessons learned from establishing AIMS
  TAGS :    Aid Information management systems    Aid Tracking
  Author(s): Jorg Nadoll, UNDP
Year: 2006
This review of lessons learned on developing AIMS offers a range of practical advice, such as designing the system according to the information and reports it needs to generate, building on existing reporting processes, keeping information needs as simple as possible and identifying an appropriate host agency in government.

Country Examples (2)

  Afghanistan Development Assistance Database
The government of Afghanistan has established a Donor Assistance Database (DAD) with UNDP support, to support resource mobilisation and effective aid allocation.  The DAD tracks all Cabinet-approved development project in the national budget, and provides Cabinet with fortnightly updates on commitments and disbursements in support of each National Programme.  It also records extra-budgetary aid flows.  The information is publicly available through the internet.

  Cambodia ODA Database
  TAGS :    Aid Information management systems    Cambodia   Aid Tracking
  Author(s): Royal Government of Cambodia
Year: 2007
The Cambodia ODA Database aims to establish a complete record of development assistance.  It enables monitoring of the alignment of assistance with the national development plan and the Government’s aid management policies.  As well as financial and status information on individual projects entered by donors, it captures information on the Paris Declaration indicators, facilitating aid effectiveness monitoring.  The Database is able to generate overviews of progress on aid effectiveness in each sector, although its accuracy depends on donor diligence in supplying information.

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