About Us

We envisage a world where aid and development information is transparentavailable and used for effective decision-making, public accountability and lasting change for all citizens.

Our 2016-2019 strategy has three key objectives: to raise the visibility and quality of data on aid and development, and to encourage that data to be used. We want these three objectives to lead to more effective decisions on aid and development and for all initiatives to be accountable to the people they seek to help.

  • By visibility, we mean that at least 80% of aid and development information, including humanitarian aid, should be visible and accessible to anyone. The best way to do this is to publish data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).
  • By quality, we mean that aid and development providers should publish data that is timely, comprehensive, accessible and comparable. This includes forward-looking financial data, project locations, activities and results.
  • By use, we mean identifying and removing barriers to using data for effective decision-making, accountability and learning. It is critical that aid and development information is joined-up with other important data sets e.g. on other financial flows and domestic budgets, so that those who use this information have the fullest possible picture to base decisions on.

Publish What You Fund combines robust research with targeted advocacy in order to achieve these.

We also believe in strength in numbers, and so work with a range of excellent partners to achieve our goals. We are active participants in the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and concluded a two-year term on its board in March 2018, after holding one of two civil society seats.

We are a champion of the Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) and members of the Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) and Follow the Money networks. We have been involved in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) process and continue to monitor the existing OGP National Action Plans, which set out commitments to advance transparency, accountability and participation.

Publish What You Fund’s head office is in London. We also maintain representation in Washington DC, where our work is supported by Friends of Publish What You Fund.

Publish What You Fund’s annual assessment is a very powerful driver for improving reporting on aid transparency…you [Publish What You Fund] really motivated us to work very hard…we’ve seen [the Index] as a huge incentive to work to excel.

– Helen Clark,

Administrator, UNDP, 2016 Index launch

Why transparency matters

Take a look at our reasons why it matters to donors, partner countries and civil society