Questions and answers

General
Contents of the site
Information excluded from Openaid.se
Summaries and calculations
Divisions of how data is displayed on Openaid.se
Contact

General

Who is the sender?

Sida has developed the information service Openaid.se and added the information which is currently available.

Why is Openaid.se needed?

The purpose of Openaid.se is to gather contribution data from different sources in one place. This has previously been difficult due to the data being scattered across different systems or the information needing to be requested in a certain manner.

Why is transparency important?

By increasing the transparency of the aid, Sweden contributes to the dialogue on aid effectiveness, results and accountability. This applies in relation to partner countries and their populations as well as to the Swedish taxpayers.

How does this work contribute to better results, efficiency and accountability?

More readily available aid information is expected to:
– provide a better basis for planning, governance, decisions and priorities
– make results more visible
– strengthen conditions for accountability on different levels
– limit the scope for corruption, duplication and improper use of resources.

What languages are available on Openaid.se?

Openaid.se is available in both Swedish and English.

The information on Openaid.se is available in its original form. This means that information can be found in both Swedish and English. The web site shows the original data in the language that was used when the decisions concerning aid were made.

Are other authorities included?

Other authorities also manage aid funds. Financial and statistical data is already available for some other authorities and ministries in addition to Sida. Over time, these will be ever more included in the work on the transparency guarantee. In time, all authorities that handle aid funds will contribute information and documentation.

Will there be more updates to Openaid.se ?

Openaid.se will evolve continually and more content and functionality will be added successively.

Site content

Is all available documentation disclosed?

Sida discloses official documentation which, with consideration for technical restrictions, can possibly be included, and which follows the procedure: application, decision, agreement and report. There is however no complete documentation at this time, the Web simply provides a sample. Complete documentation can be requested from the respective authority in the usual manner in accordance with the right of public access principle.

Why is there more documentation on Sida’s contributions compared to those of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs?

Sida has since 2004 had an electronic contribution system, which has made it possible to provide more complete documentation, even historically. In the long term it is envisaged that more detailed documentation will be accessible on the site for all actors who handle aid funds.

Is there other documentation which is not available on Openaid.se?

More documentation is available in both paper archives and the electronic contribution systems. At present, it has not been possible to add all the documentation.

Is it possible that information about disbursements and documentation may appear that should not actually be available on Openaid.se?

Since the information is obtained from systems that not only manage aid, there may be information about disbursements or documentation from countries in which aid has ceased – but in which cooperation will continue in other forms. This may be the case for e.g., contributions in the Baltic region or Russia.

Information excluded from Openaid.se

What is not available on Openaid.se?

Part of the aid information is subject to confidentiality. This is because partners and individuals may be harmed by its publication. This information is therefore not included on this site.

Prior to 2007, information about disbursements which is electronically available on a detailed contribution level was disclosed. As aid historically has been presented in different ways, there is information in other databases which it has not been possible to include on Openaid.se.

There is far more documentation on contributions than what is available on Openaid.se. Authority archives and other databases that are not yet integrated in Openaid.se are further sources of information.

Official information is presented at Openaid.se. What is excluded?

Documents and statistical information subject to confidentiality have been excluded. This is for example a matter of data excluded for the protection of our partners, information whose publication would damage Sweden’s relations with other countries, or which could compromise ongoing or future aid contributions. There is also information which is subject to confidentiality to protect an individuals’ business activities.

Is all official information published at Openaid.se?

The intention with Openaid.se is to to make available all official information which is subject to the transparency guarantee. Due to the very extensive amount of information, it has not been practical to do a review of all documents relating to the historical aid contributions. To ensure that classified information is not published, it has therefore been necessary in some cases to make broader assessments than those made in a standard confidentiality test and exclude categories of documents which normally contain classified information.

Why is certain data missing?

The version of Openaid.se which is now being launched is a prototype and not a fully developed service. Sida will have the responsibility for the continued development starting on 1 July. At present, it has not been possible to integrate all information on contributions and documentation. If a document is unavailable, this is due to both technical reasons and the fact that material classed as confidential is excluded. The basis for contributions for which preparation has taken place in embassies/authorities abroad is not included in Openaid.se. The reason for this is that Sida’s archive system in Stockholm is separate from those at the embassies/authorities abroad. Only the basis which is available in Sida’s archive system in Stockholm is included in Openaid.se where it has been technically possible to integrate it with financial information.

Where can I find more documentation?

More documentation is available in both paper archives and electronic contribution systems. Complete documentation can be requested from the respective authority in the usual manner in accordance with the right of public access principle. Historical aid information and documentation that has been available in aid offices throughout the world are now on file at the National Archives.

What type of information is not available on the website?

Primarily information regarding support for democracy in certain countries where regular state-to-state cooperation is not possible or desirable, where instead democracy and human rights support is given in alternative forms, aid funds can for example be channelled to NGOs and forces in civil society. In these cases, individual contributions are often not reported to protect the ongoing and future aid activity and with regard to the safety of individuals and partners.

Summaries and estimates

What total amounts are shown on Openaid.se?

Total amounts are  generally based on summaries of the contribution data available at Openaid.se.

Having a total that is based on contribution data available at Openaid.se means that there may be differences in relation to amounts reported in other compilations.

The amount of available contribution data varies over time. From the year 2007, available contribution data on Openaid.se gives an almost complete picture of disbursed public funds for all authorities and ministries which handle aid funds. For the years prior to 2007, however, not all contribution data is available on Openaid.se. For these years the contribution information at Openaid.se consists mainly of Sida’s disbursements, Sweden’s multilateral base budget support and certain debt cancellations.

Why do the sum totals for countries and sectors sometimes differ when compared with e.g., annual reports, etc?

There may be several reasons for this. The three headings Where does the aid go?, What is the aid used for? and Who implements aid contributions? summarize data which is available on contribution level on Openaid.se. The amount of available data varies over time.
Other reasons for differences are variations in reporting and statistics management, how promissory notes have been calculated, the fact that information on a contribution level prior to 2007 is only available for disbursements from Sida and that only official data is presented.

How have the amounts been calculated?

The amounts listed on the site are specified in the monetary value of the respective year, the current prices. Thus it does not show the relative size, but the actual amount paid out each year.

What does it mean when SEK 0 is given for a contribution?

This means that the contribution is ongoing according to agreement but that no disbursement has been made that year.

What is the meaning of the negative value found in some activities?

This corresponds to repayments. As Openaid.se shows net prices, anything that for various reasons has been repaid, such as interest etc. is stated as well.

Divisions in how data is displayed on Openaid.se

What classifications have been made in terms of sectors?

As the data comes from several different sources, Sida’s twelve main sectors have been chosen, as these form the bulk of the contributions. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and other authorities have thus been placed under the same classification.

What does Other (bilateral, unspecified) mean?

The aid which cannot be categorised under a specific location and does not fall under any of the other categories.

Why do some activities appear several times?

The same aid activity could be spread out over several years and/or countries.

 

Contact

How do I get in touch with Openaid.se’s project management?

E-mail: openaid@sida.se
For questions relating to Sida’s activities or contributions please contact sida@sida.se