Transparency is essential to effective public spending and achieving development goals. The Statistics on Public Expenditures for Economic Development (SPEED) database contributes to transparency by providing an open access interactive tool for analyzing public expenditure data.
Managed by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with support from the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), the tool allows users to explore spending data for the period 1980–2012 collected from 147 countries.
The data covers nine economic sectors: 1) agriculture; 2) communication; 3) education; 4) defense; 5) health; 6) mining; 7) social protection; 8) fuel and energy; and 9) transport. The spending information is adjusted to ensure consistency in spending measurements over time and across different currencies.
The interactive tool allows users to compare overall public spending among countries; and public spending across different sectors within a country’s economy. Users can also employ the tool to produce graphs and maps, and they can download datasets from SPEED, for more comprehensive data analysis.
For more information on SPEED’s tool and its uses, view the introductory video.