[wdmmg-discuss] bringing together spending of all UN countries
lisa.evans at okfn.org
Sat Feb 5 15:19:40 GMT 2011
I wrote a blog post for wdmmg recently and I got an excellent comment:
"I'm more interested in this comparisons between UN countries that you
mention, in the big categories: education, defence, social security,
culture. http://www.nationmaster.com/ is the only source I know trying to
visualize data instead of spreadsheets downloads, but the data is old. Can
you recommend any other?"
This made me wonder:
- I believe, but I don't know for sure, that 192 United Nations member
states each year classifies their spending under the COFOG system
- we know that the countries mostly publish their spending under these
categories on their government websites
but does the UN do anything with all this data? Do they display it on the
UN stats website, or do they analyse it and publish a report?
Does anyone know of a place where all the spending data from all UN
countries is brought together and even better if any visualisation work
has been done in this area?
I've looked into the UN website and it looks like the nationmaster website
gets its data from the national accounts at
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/snaama/cList.asp, but I can't find anywhere on
the UN website that publishes each country's spending under COFOG
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