Transaction data represents every individual financial record in an agency’s accounting system that has been processed
in the given time period for program work with implementing partners and other administrative expenses. The data shown
in the planned, obligated, and spent tabs represents the same financial data at a higher level of aggregation
(by country and sector only), thus this data is called Aggregated data.
The transaction data shows the same financial data at a more granular level. Each data record - or financial
transaction - contains up to 37 qualitative data fields, including descriptive titles, vendor names, and
location, along with the financial data. Thus, the transaction data is called Disaggregated data.
Recognizing that no one organization or sector can solve the world's most intractable development
challenges, USAID proactively seeks to build partnerships that leverage the combined skills, assets,
technologies, and resources of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to deliver sustainable
Most USAID implementing partnerships with organizations are established through one of three award types:
- Contracts (Acquisition): Obtaining goods or services by direct purchase for the use and benefit of USAID.
- Grants (Assistance): Transfer of funds to another party for the implementation of programs that contribute
to the public good and further the objectives of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
- Cooperative Agreement (Assistance): Similar to a grant, but with substantial involvement from USAID.
The type of award depends on the type of work, purpose of the funding, and nature of the relationship
between the Agency and the implementing partner. More in-depth information about each award type may
be found on USAID’s website here
Several years ago, USAID adopted a large-scale reform agenda, USAID Forward, in an effort to strengthen the Agency.
As a cornerstone of this agenda, USAID has begun a critical shift in the way we administer assistance. The Agency
is placing a greater emphasis on public-private partnerships, and has committed to channeling more of its funding
to host country governments, civil society organizations, and private sector companies with the in-country knowledge
and expertise to create sustainable change.
This is only the first set of transaction data. USAID will continue to update this data set and other U.S. Government
agencies that manage and implement foreign assistance funds will provide this level of detail in accordance with
Management and Budget (OMB) Bulletin 12-01