Bangladesh Government Launches its Homegrown Online Aid Portal

Economic Relations Division of the government has launched its homegrown online aid portal called Bangladesh Aid Information Management System or Bangladesh AIMS - a web based software application. The database is meant to help the government plan and budget its resources at it works towards its goal of becoming a middle-income country by 2021.

Honorable Finance Minister Mr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, MP formally unveiled the system on October 26, 2014 at a launching ceremony organized by Economic Relations Division (ERD) at the NEC Auditorium in the capital.

 

Honorable State Minister for Finance Mr. M. A. Mannan, MP and Honorable Economic Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister Mr. Mashiur Rahman were present during the occasion as special guests. ERD Secretary Mr. Md. Mejbahuddin chaired the event.

 

An Aid Information Management System or AIMS is a software application that records and processes information on development activities and related aid flows in a given country. An AIMS captures project‐level information on commitments, disbursements and expenditures by donor, implementer, sector and geographic location.

 

Bangladesh AIMS will now serve as a single-entry window for all foreign aid related information in Bangladesh—which means that anyone will be able to access information related to the inflow and disbursement of foreign aid in Bangladesh through accessing the AIMS website. Economic Relations Division (ERD) with support from its “Strengthening Capacity for Aid Effectiveness in Bangladesh” project has developed the application. Bangladesh is one of the few countries to deploy a homegrown system which is more economical, highly customizable and sustainable.

 

It was developed through a wide consultative process involving the government agencies, development partner agencies and civil society organizations to ensure the design is perfectly adjusted to the needs of future users and local stakeholders.

 

Moreover, the Aid Information Management System developed by Bangladesh is compliant with the data standard set by the International Aid Transparency Initiative or IATI.

 

Any Development Partner Agency willing to share their aid related information will have to register for entering their data in AIMS. Towards that end, a good number of development partners (DAC donors) have so far registered for the system. Among them- a number of development partners have also started entering their aid data in the system. It is expected that all other development partners will start entering their data into the system very soon.

 

The introduction of AIMS will have manifold impact in the management and coordination of foreign aid in Bangladesh. Firstly, it will be a major step forward for aid transparency in the country, giving any interested development actor or citizen online access to the information on incoming aid flows, how these are managed and used.

 

At the same time, it will also provide an online platform for channeling updated information about the flow of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in Bangladesh. Such access to comprehensive, extensive and organized data and information about the aid flow will greatly facilitate further knowledge exchange with regard to development cooperation and aid effectiveness.

 

AIMS will also improve the capacity of the government to coordinate development cooperation and allow them to promote stronger alignment and rationalization of foreign aid allocations with national priorities. Easy access to comprehensive aid data will also make the government’s planning and budgeting more efficiently. It will make optimum utilization of its resources, and remove duplication.

 

Bangladesh Aid Information Management System (AIMS)


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