Aid Transparency Reviews
The end of 2015 is the deadline donors set themselves to fully implement the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard, an open data framework which allows for the publication of timely, comprehensive and comparable information on development finance. Donors agreed this target back in 2011, at the fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. With just six months to go, we’ve assessed major EU and U.S. donors to see where they are on the Road to 2015.
The 2015 U.S. Aid Transparency Review finds that USAID has made the largest progress since 2014, moving from being off to on track. MCC continues its sustained leadership on transparency by scoring in the top performance category, while PEPFAR has also moved up a performance category. However, PEPFAR, along with State, Treasury and Defense, is still off track and will not meet the commitment the U.S. has made to the global community, unless they redouble their efforts immediately.
With just over six months to go until the Busan deadline, the 2015 EU Aid Transparency Review shows that despite a critical mass of donors now publishing information to the IATI Standard, the EU as a whole is off track from meeting its aid transparency commitments.
Our analysis shows that in 2013, $13.4bn of official aid was not visible in ten of the most aid dependent countries. There may be aid money coming in, but if that money is not published in one place, on time and in full, then it is hard for governments to plan, donors to coordinate, and civil society to hold them accountable. We believe over 80% of aid needs to be visible for it to be useful.
If you produce data, publish it.
If you have data, use it.
If you don’t have data, demand it.