The G7 SIG office facilitates effective information sharing on implementation issues, using as its main tool the G7 SIG DAD. The SIG maintains and updates information on approximately 6,000 projects, with over 15,000 pages of cross-classified, easily retrievable information, and distributes monthly new updates of both software and information. In addition, the SIG maintains a number of related specialized databases for project management, i.e. for TACIS and USAID.
In September, 1996, the UNDP approached the SIG to design a generic Donor Assistance Database that could be used for replication in other countries, especially in the former Soviet Union. The governments of Kazakhstan and Georgia have also expressed interest in acquiring the G7 SIG DAD as a model and a tool for assistance coordination and information sharing.
The database is increasingly used by donors, contractors, implementors, recipients, federal and regional officials of both executive and legislative branches, research institutions, and consulting firms as the only convenient, accessible source of easily retrievable information on assistance to the Russian Federation. The SIG has received hundreds of requests for information and reports on external assistance.