TOSSD is a new international statistical framework for monitoring official resources and private finance mobilised by official interventions in support of sustainable development. It is designed to monitor both cross-border resources (Pillar I) and support to international public goods and global challenges (Pillar II). TOSSD includes both concessional and non-concessional support, from multilateral and bilateral finance providers, including South-South and triangular co-operation providers.
TOSSD is being developed by an International Task Force of experts from provider countries (north and south), recipient countries and multilateral organisations, in consultation with Civil Society Organisations and other relevant stakeholders. A series of country and thematic pilot studies are carried out to test the methodology and adjust it to the information needs of recipient countries. The OECD serves as the Secretariat to the Task Force. For more information on TOSSD, and access to all documents produced, please visit the main site TOSSD.org.
The data presented in the data visualisation tool were initially collected in occasion of a dedicated survey, performed in 2019. The data survey provided a “proof of concept” for the emerging TOSSD methodology and provide evidence on its usefulness for monitoring the financing of the SDGs. Information on coverage and key findings from the Survey can be consulted here. To know more about TOSSD classifications and rules, please consult the TOSSD Reporting Instructions and the TOSSD code list.
The specific objective of data collection on TOSSD pillar I (cross-border flows to developing countries) was to demonstrate how TOSSD can fill a key information gap on external SDG-financing in developing countries. On pillar II (support to international public goods), given that at the time of the survey the TOSSD Reporting Instructions were not yet fully defined, the objective was to collect the widest possible range of activities considered by reporters as contributions to international public goods, in order to feed the work of the Task Force and demonstrate their usefulness for the SDGs. The Survey data therefore have a test nature and should not be considered definitive or final. For this reason, part of the data is only available in semi-aggregated format, without the full details of the activities.
Given the limited time available for the data survey, the aim was not to cover all providers of financing for sustainable development but rather to focus on a sample representing different groups of providers. 41 providers participated in the survey, including traditional bilateral providers, South-South Co-operation providers and multilateral institutions. The respondents included both existing reporters to the OECD Creditor Reporting System (CRS) and additional reporters. For the purpose of providing a comprehensive picture of resource flows in this tool, TOSSD data collected during the Survey were completed by estimates derived from OECD DAC statistics for non-respondents.
TOSSD data will be collected on a regular basis starting as from 2020 on 2019 resource flows; new data will be uploaded towards the end of each year, containing the full details of each activity.
The TOSSD data visualisation tool permits to access the data in a powerful, yet easy to use, manner. Users can filter the data, produce alternate visualisation options, download charts, and export the activity level data with all the available details.
The tool presents data in absolute values for Pillar I, Pillar II and mobilisation. When the SDG filter is enabled, data are presented as shares, and only Pillar I and Pillar II data are displayed.
To query the data, please follow these steps:
1. Make a selection under each filter: pillar and/or recipient and/or sector.
• Click on the button “apply selection” to showcase the data selected.
• Click on “see my selection” to showcase your selection. The text can be copied and pasted in another document for reference.
• Click on “reset” to reset your selection.
2. Explore the different tabs, showcasing data, by pillar, by sector, by recipient.
• By pillar – by default showcases the absolute amount for Pillar I, Pillar II and mobilisation.
• By sector – by default showcases the absolute amount by sector, under two alternate sector classifications.
• By recipient – by default showcases the absolute amount by recipient in descending order.
When displaying the charts please note that
• Pillar I, Pillar II and Mobilisation can be selected or deselected on the fly clicking on the legend on top of the chart.
• Alternative charts and export options can be selected by clicking on the right side menu
3. “Browse and Export activities” to access the detailed list of activities
The list of activities appears on the screen, and can be downloaded (“export results”) in Excel or other formats. All respondents to the Survey provided data at activity level for most parts of their reporting. However, due to the test nature of the Survey and preliminary status of the data, it is disseminated in a semi-aggregate form for a number of respondents (activity-level for 15 respondents).
Special note on Years and on the SDG visualization.
Year: Respondents to the Survey reported their resource flows for various years (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020), with most of them reporting only for 2017. The aggregate data for all respondents combined is consistent with current development finance statistics only if all years are considered together (with data for years 2016, 2018 or 2020 used as proxies for 2017).
SDG: To activate the SDG visualisation you need to click on the “By SDG” tab in the data visualisation frame. This will also enable an SDG filter in the top row.
Once the SDG visualisation is enabled, users can filter data by SDG, and access charts by sectors, by ISIC, by Recipient and by SDG target. Please note that:
• SDG data are presented exclusively as shares, and not in absolute amounts.
• SDG data are presented only for Pillar I and Pillar II, and not mobilisation.
• The SDG targets visualilsation is an indicative visualisation of the distribution of the SDG targets. In this visualisation, the same activity can be counted as fully contributing to several SDGs. Therefore, the presentation of breakdowns by SDGs cannot be on the basis of “amounts” as for other dimensions such as sectors or recipients (as this would lead to double or triple-counting the same activities and overstating the total volume of resources). A more accurate visualisation of the SDG shares will be implemented in the next update of the tool.