Global Recovery Observatory

Global Recovery Observatory


IMF, UNEP, GIZ, Oxford University

Type(s) of Tool

Impact AssessmentsEvaluate the impacts of assets or policies on the environment and local livelihoods.


Tools applicable to all sectors

Lifecycle Phase(s)

Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., FinanceDevelopers decide how to pay for their project.

Open Source


Language Availability

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish

Country of Origin


Date of Development





The Global Recovery Observatory brings transparency to global government spending during the COVID-19 crisis. It tracks and assesses every individual COVID-19 related fiscal spending policy announced by the 50 leading economies (more countries to be added) for potential impacts on the environment and the socio-economy. The Observatory database is updated weekly.

Tool Outcome

The intent of the Observatory is to showcase exemplary policy solutions, identify lost opportunities and direct governments towards more impactful and sustainable fiscal spending.

Sustainability Criteria

The potential impact of green recovery spending on long- and short-term Green House Gas emissions, air pollution, natural capital, quality of life, inequality and rural livelihood.


Green Recovery