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A one-stop shop for visualizing and analyzing hundreds of development statistics expertly curated from dozens of reputable sources.

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The less time you spend locating data from disparate sources, cleaning it, and creating visualizations from scratch, the more time you have for meaningful analysis.

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What is the ForeignAssistance.gov data analysis tool?

ForeignAssistance.gov’s data analysis tool helps you create compelling charts using development data curated by subject matter experts.

Users can plot U.S. foreign assistance information against nearly 300 indicators from reputable sources to explore trends and spark insights. Users can also build charts to investigate development trends over time or across countries, regions, income groups, and more.

In a nutshell, this is a data visualization tool that empowers you to:

  1. Quickly find reliable development data you’re interested in
  2. Visualize the information in just a few clicks
  3. Share it with your colleagues

The best part? You don’t need to be a data expert. All you need is a curious mind, a topic or region of interest, and an Internet connection. We eliminate the time you spend locating data from disparate sources, cleaning it, and creating visualizations from scratch. This way, you have more time for meaningful analysis and discussion.

Who manages it?

ForeignAssistance.gov’s data analysis tool is managed by the Department of State, Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources (F). The data was curated by an interagency working group with representation from the Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, USAID, and MCC.

Where is the data from?

There are a lot of data sources out there. How do we know which ones are reliable? How do we know which indicators are used by subject matter experts in the field?

ForeignAssistance.gov’s data analysis tool eliminates this guesswork. It was developed based on comprehensive input from an interagency working group of subject matter experts from the Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, USAID, and MCC. These experts curated a database of development indicators that they use in their own work and that has been vetted for quality. This means that if you’re an economic growth expert, but need health data, you can be confident that the health data in the database was chosen by experts who use it regularly.

Download a full list of the indicators and definitions here.

What can I use it for?

Your imagination is the limit, but if you need some inspiration, check out these use cases to see what sparks your interest.

I'm a U.S. Government Analyst

As a U.S. Government Analyst, I need access to dependable development data to determine what interventions my team should prioritize, as well as when, where, and why! I like ForeignAssistance.gov’s data analysis tool because even though I’m not an expert across all development sectors, I know that I’m using the right data from the right sources.

I'm a Foreign Aid Donor

As a Foreign Aid Donor working for an international development organization, I need reliable data on country-level development outcomes to determine where the need for aid is most acute. This helps inform my resourcing decisions and is a good measure of development progress. I like ForeignAssistance.gov’s data analysis tool because it saves me precious time – it’s a one-stop shop that saves me from having to pull data from different sources and standardize it.

I'm a Student

As a Student studying global development and world affairs, I need to write research papers exploring the relationship between foreign assistance and development. I like ForeignAssistance.gov because even though I’m new to development and data analysis, I can write an evidence-based paper with compelling charts and graphs using ForeignAssistance.gov’s data analysis tool.

I'm a Government Employee in an Aid Recipient Country

As an employee of an Aid Recipient Government, I work in the Ministry of Planning and rely on data about my country’s development progress to convey what we’re doing well and where we need to accelerate progress. I am also interested in comparing my country’s development progress against others in the region and around the world. I like ForeignAssistance.gov’s data analysis tool because it helps me understand, visualize, and share historical trends about development in my country.

I'm a member of Civil Society

As an employee at a Civil Society Organization advocating for human rights around the world, I need accurate information about the state of human rights in the countries where I work to determine where to prioritize my organization’s limited resources. I like ForeignAssistance.gov’s data analysis tool because it gives me access to reputable sources curated by subject matter experts.