How transparent is world aid?

THE DEVELOPMENT JOURNALIST

The need for a greater transparency on how the aid spreads around the world has been long debated.  A new index (the pilot index was launched last year) has been developed to rank every major aid donor for their openness, on a wide set of criteria.

The report published under Publish What You Fund’ umbrella shows that some organizations have made big improvements this year regarding their funding. The campaign Publish What You Fund was launched at the 2008 Accra High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness by a coalition of governance, aid effectiveness and access to information organizations.

Aid is becoming more transparent, but progress is slow and uneven. This report finds that aid can be made much more transparent without great difficulty, when political commitment is translated into effective implementation. Transparent aid means information being shared openly in a timely, comprehensive, comparable and accessible way. The International…

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