Donor Tracker – Policy Updates in Global Development

Challenge

The Donor Tracker, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, supports progress in global development by providing advocates with easy access to comprehensive quantitative data and qualitative strategic information. Covering 14 major OECD donors and over 80% of the world’s official development assistance, the Donor Tracker provides free, independent, data-driven insights on countries’ strategic priorities, funding trends, and decision-making processes. With detailed information on policy and spending by sector, Donor Tracker’s up-to-date analyses highlight key opportunities for advocacy.

To be able to support the development sector with this insight and to be able to include Norway as a donor, SEEK Development, the Berlin-based consultancy behind the Donor Tracker, needed local knowledge and input.

Solution

Leidar’s consultants have supported the Donor Tracker team with insight to the Norwegian markets on a range of matters. Weekly policy updates are sent, and made available online and in a weekly newsletter to subscribers.  The intelligence includes state budget analysis, parliamentary debates and votes, party politics, media coverage and official government statements, solely based on publicly available materials.

The Donor Tracker focuses specifically on donor spending for agriculture, climate, education, gender equality, global health, global health research and development, and nutrition. Work in these sectors is crucial to the implementation the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which constitutes the political structure for the Norwegian government’s work nationally and internationally.

In addition to weekly updates, an extensive country profile is regularly updated and Leidar works closely with the team at Donor Tracker to keep the material up to date and correct.

We have worked with Leidar’s consultants for five years on the Donor Tracker. Their insights and timely articulated translation of what this means for advocates from around the world has made Donor Tracker a better product and development policy more accessible. It is a great pleasure to work with Leidar and we look forward to continue our work together on this and many other projects.

— Raimund Zühr, Head of Donor Tracker and project manager at SEEK Development