The project information section of DFID’s website was re-launched today with a new look and an improved search interface. This is a big step forward in helping DFID’s partners and the public to have closer scrutiny of how DFID spends taxpayers’ money through the publication of details of DFID’s programme spending.
Changes to search interface
The database is now easier to search as the information is grouped by projects with all the components shown beneath. The new filtered search is based on industry standards used for online shopping stores and comparison websites.
The project search enables the user to pick a sector group and/or a country (or search by keyword) to view the list of projects and the budget for each component.
The advanced search can be used to find further information on aid effectiveness, project start date and stage, nature and source of funding, and whether conditions are attached.
On the results page, the user can open and close each component to get the bigger picture of what each project is achieving.
There is also a facility to sort results by budget spend, start date and country and the option to save your project search results to spreadsheets for further analysis.
DFID also publishes the full projects dataset as an XML file that can be reused by developers building their own applications.