Development Aid Contracts Database: World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and EuropeAid

Published: 5 May 2022| Version 4 | DOI: 10.17632/5mb3j5953f.4


The Development Aid Contracts Database presents government contracts funded by the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and EuropeAid, principally from the years 2000-2017. The contract-level data were directly collected from the official contract publication sites of these organisations using webscraping methods. While the source publication formats are diverse both over time and across publishers, we standardized and harmonized the datasets so that they can be analysed jointly. The datasets contain key information on the contracting parties (e.g. buyer and supplier names) the contract’s content (e.g. contract value and product description) and details of the contracting process (e.g. contract award date or the procedure followed). In addition, it also contains information on the development aid projects of the contracts (e.g. project title and value). The data has wide reuse potential for researchers looking for detailed micro-level information on how major development aid spending takes place and what impacts it has. This database underlies the research article “Anti-corruption in aid-funded procurement: Is corruption reduced or merely displaced?” (Dávid-Barrett, Elizabeth, and Mihály Fazekas, 2020) which develops corruption risk indicators using the dataset presented. An updated version of the source datasets can be found here:



Development Studies, Public Procurement, Corruption