In February 2011, we achieved a critical goal when the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) agreed a common data standard. For the first time, there was international agreement on exactly how aid information should be published in order to meet the needs of both donor and recipient countries.
With our partners, we ran the hugely successful Make Aid Transparent in June 2011, with close to 65,000 signatures.
At the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) in Busan in December 2011, the world’s most prominent development actors committed to publishing their aid information by 2015. We are now working to ensure that donors redouble efforts to fulfil their commitments.
We ensured transparency remained a crucial component at the Open Government Partnership meetings in March 2012, a global initiative that brings together civil society, donors, and the private sector to promote transparent, effective and accountable governments.
A common, open standard for publishing aid information was agreed by the OECD Working Party on Aid Effectiveness in June 2012. As a key member of the Working Party, which includes donors, recipients and civil society, our specific aim was to ensure that the international commitments made at Busan were carried forward.
In April 2013, the Adaptation Fund became the first climate agency to sign IATI, furthering the application of IATI as a common data standard for other development flows.
In June 2013, all countries at the G8 Lough Erne Summit committed to full and timely implementation of IATI – including France, Italy and Japan, for the first time.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation signed IATI in October 2013, a significant step forward in coverage of new aid flows.
We launched the Road to 2015 campaign at the United Nations in July 2014, so we can continue to push donors towards the Busan publication deadline and ensure transparency and accountability of development cooperation remains high on the international agenda.
What our partners say:
“Incredible as it may seem, just 12 months ago [the UK] government did not publish details of how our development money was spent… Today, people all around the world can go online and see every item of DFID spending over £500 and see evaluations of the impact of that spending. Over the next 12 months, we’ll go even further.” – UK Prime Minister David Cameron, June 2011
“The World Bank sees openness and transparency as key to delivering better development results and strengthening accountability…we appreciate your leadership in advancing this agenda.” – Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, Sept 2012
“The Administration welcomes civil society efforts to monitor foreign aid progress on transparency and hopes that the [Aid Transparency] Index will continue to expand as more non-governmental organizations make their aid data available.” – USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg, Oct 2012