What's the issue?

Aid makes a real difference. It can save lives, put kids into school and reduce poverty. But at the moment no one knows exactly how much money is being spent, where or on what. In most cases, not even governments receiving aid have a full picture of where all the money goes. This undermines aid’s potential and its effectiveness. We urgently need more up to date information about aid so that governments, civil society and citizens can ensure it is having the best possible impact.

This chart shows just how invisible aid is in some of the countries that are most reliant upon it.

What do we want?

The Road to 2015 campaign is about harnessing the power of open data for sustainable development.

At a major aid effectiveness conference in Korea in 2011, donors committed to fully publish their aid to a timely and comparable standard – the International Aid Transparency Initiative – by the end of 2015.

With many donors off-track, the clock is ticking on that promise.

This is also the year in which we decide upon the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The new agenda will be important for setting targets on sustainable development in the context of poverty eradication, and we need to make sure that transparency and open data remain an integral part of these discussions.

We are calling for:

  1. All donors who have committed to publishing aid data to deliver on that promise.
  2. Transparency and open data to feature as an integral component of the Post-2015 landscape.

This is a crucial point in the push for open data for sustainable development. The Road to 2015 must be paved with open data, not just good intentions.

Why is it important?

Open data is power.

Partner countries have asked for more information about development cooperation to plan their own resources more effectively and ensure the delivery of positive results on the ground. Likewise, citizens have a right to know how much money is being spent where, by whom, and with what results.

This short documentary follows the journey of journalist Gyanu Sharma in Nepal, who understands that having access to data can help him create a better future for his son. He is one of a growing number of citizens and civil society groups globally who have a hunger for data because they understand its powerful potential for change.

If you produce data, publish it. If you have data, use it. If you don’t have data, demand it.


The Home Straight - The 31st of December 2015 marks the deadline that donors set themselves to make their aid fully transparent. The Road to 2015 campaign was launched over a year ago to push donors to meet their commitment and we are now entering the home straight. But we are not taking our foot off the pedal. To […]
Where is the U.S. on the Road to 2015? - Three and a half years ago at the last major aid effectiveness forum in Busan, Korea, the U.S. government signed the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and agreed to implement it fully by the end of 2015. It recognised that a poor level of aid information hinders decision making at all steps in the development […]
Partner perspective: Aidspan - Aidspan is an independent observer of the Global Fund. We spoke to Aidspan’s Senior Programme Officer, Angela Kageni, about their work with the Fund and her experiences with open data. Can you tell me about the work that Aidspan does? We are a hybrid organisation: A watchdog and think-tank that does research, data analytics and community-level watchdogging. We publish […]
Partner perspective: AidOpener - This is a guest post by Michael Medley – a scholar, teacher, activist and consultant, specializing in the Sudans, and international aid issues. Learn more at www.aidopener.org AidOpener.  For activists not technocrats Last month I launched a small initiative in the struggle for aid transparency and accountability. The website is called AidOpener. Its first offering is a tool […]
Case study: The “publish once, use often” approach of the Netherlands - The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MinBuza) renews the data held in its data warehouse every month and publishes it directly to the IATI Registry. The information is used to monitor where MinBuza is doing what, with whom and in what way and to monitor progress on various topics, including policy priorities or cross-cutting efforts […]

News and Resources


  • Action Aid UK
  • Africa Freedom of Information Centre
  • AfroLeadership
  • AidOpener
  • Aidspan
  • Alliance for Aid Monitor Nepal
  • Bond
  • BudgIT
  • Christian Aid
  • Freedom Forum
  • Fundar, Center for Analysis and Research
  • Global Integrity
  • Global Poverty Project
  • Global Witness
  • Institute for African Studies
  • Integrity Action
  • Integrity Watch Afghanistan
  • InterAction
  • Malawi Economic Justice Network
  • ODA Watch
  • ONE
  • Oxfam America
  • Oxfam GB
  • Plan International USA
  • Publish What You Fund
  • Publish What You Pay
  • Restless Development
  • Save the Children UK
  • Sunlight Foundation
  • Transparency International
  • Youth Association for Development
  • World Vision Australia


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