‘Commitment’ is an ambiguous concept. Denmark reports ‘Commitment’ in the strictest book-keeping sense, which makes sense for the majority of the ODA-frames in Denmark’s, annual Finance Act, but some frames are managed based on Disbursement-basis only. In these cases, no book-keeping entries can provide data on the vaguer concept of underlying ‘grants’ og ‘pledges’. The current method of this indicator could be interpreted as an incentive to either suppress some of the data – that might, after all, also have limited interest among recipients, or apply a less clear definition of ‘Commitment’ – e.g. by simulating annual commitments equal to annual disbursement-budgets on activities that are managed by disbursement. But, in our view, that would not constitute an improvement of our data; just an improvement of out indicator-score.
We are puzzled by the observation, that 5% of activities (more than one year old) still have no disbursements, and will look into that.
We probably will need to contact IATI tech-team, to get more info on the calculation of this ‘budget’-value. But we will try to recreate the figure first.